About Kids Coming Together

Kids Coming Together provides opportunities for local youth to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students.

 Kids Coming Together (KCT) is very proud to provide opportunities that offer a wide variety of benefits to our neighbors and our community:

  1. Help kids in grades 3 through 8 make new friends
  2. Help kids and young adults in grades 3 through 12 understand the benefits and significance of community service
  3. Allow high school students an opportunity to gain community service hours to put on resumes, college applications and for academic requirements

 

All kids in grades 3 through 8 are welcome and encouraged to come participate in community service events with our fantastic KCT leaders. We especially seek out two groups of kids.  The first is kids that struggle socially and could really benefit from a new friend or two.  Perhaps a child who is new to the area, shy, struggling socially, concerned about rejection from their peers, or has some extra challenges in life. We also want kids that feel very successful socially and want to make a difference in the lives of their peers.  We welcome these kids to lead by example and help other kids make friends.  Kids Coming Together is looking to promote overall youth mental wellness and a sense of belonging to a community. This is how we plan to make a difference in our community. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding our programs or how you can help.

KCT does not charge a fee for kids to attend our events.  Occasionally a vendor will charge a small fee and that will be clearly marked on the event.   The high leaders enjoy working with small groups of kids on a variety of different projects.  Our calendar page lists upcoming events and allows you to RSVP for the event that you would like your child to attend.  Our events most often run for about an hour and the time will be clearly marked on the event details page.  Our events are different every week and every month.  Some events are one time only and some events we offer a fairly regular basis.  Some of our past events are feeding farm animals, socializing with dogs, doing art projects with memory care members, making mud for a mud run, passing out trophies at the end of a race, cleaning up dolls donated to Eastside Baby Corner, painting kindness rocks and making cards to teachers.  Check the calendar often to see what new events pop up. 

You can register to receive emails about upcoming events by going to our registration page.  You can also follow up on our facebook page Facebook.com/KidsComingTogether.  You or your kids can follow us on Instagram @KidsComingTogether.

To have your child attend an event, please go to our calendar page.  Select the event you want your child to attend.  Click on the event for more details.  On the event page, you will see the RSVP option to input information about your child.  Bring your child to the event.  It’s that simple.  We can’t wait to have some fun with your child.

Kids Coming Together is powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.  KCT events are open to kids regardless of what school district they live in or what school they attend.  Likewise, high school volunteer leaders from any school district are welcome to come volunteer, intern or seek board member positions.  KCT hopes to spread to other areas and hold events in nearby cities sometime in 2020.

KCT does not provide childcare or babysitting.  Parents are required to remain at the event with their child and to stay off to the side so that the leader and children can enjoy their social time and concentrate on the task at hand.  If you have older children that you would allow to be at our event location without an adult, then you are welcome to have your older child attend without a parent.

Learn about our current board members below.

We are so appreciative of all that they have done to get KCT started:

Hannah Sumrall

President

Hannah is serving her second term as President of the KCT Youth Board.  Hannah is a senior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT as she strongly believes that youth mental wellness should be a key focus and that intervention early on is important. She is looking to pursue a career as a doctor working with individuals with Autism and has previously volunteered with children with cognitive delays. Hannah has worked with KCT to develop structural processes and facilitate communication throughout the organization. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, reading, and being with friends and family.

Stephanie Ispas

Training Manager

Stephanie Ispas is serving her second year on the KCT Youth Board.  Her first year she was the Community Outreach Officer.  She is a senior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT because she thinks it is important to help young kids learn how to better socialize with their peers and make good friends at an early age. As a high schooler she experiences firsthand what high levels of stress kids face and knows that a healthy support group of friends can make all the difference. Having grown up shy and introverted, she wants to give kids an opportunity that she would have liked to have had. Stephanie has excellent attention to detail and has greatly contributed to the organizing of KCT. Outside of school she enjoys Tae Kwon Do, playing piano, reading, and skiing.

Abi Burns

Events Planner

Bio Coming Soon

Liam Coltorti

WebMaster

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Ronny Erlich

Promotions

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Katherine McGHee

    Vice President

Katherine served her first year on the KCT Youth Board as the Public Relations Officer before becoming the Vice President her second year on the Youth Board.  Katherine is a Junior at Eastlake High School.  She joined KCT because she is a big advocate for mental health.  Growing up, she struggled with making friends and feel like she could reach out for help.  She firmly believes that a program like this would be wonderful for the our community.  She hopes it will allow kids to come out of their shells and make life-long friends.

Kevin Zou

Recruitment

Kevin Zou served his first year on the KCT Youth Board as webmaster before rolling into his current role. is a senior at Eastlake High School. He joined KCT because he struggled with similar issues transitioning from the QUEST gifted program to Eastlake. He has had experience working with children and making websites. Kevin has worked with KCT to design a more organized website and volunteer hour tracking system. His other extracurriculars include rowing, reading, and making music.

Alissa Shaw

Secretary

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Varsha Damodarasamy

Public Relations

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Anisha Singh

Fundraising/Community Relations

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