Kids on Point is a Charleston, SC-based nonprofit offering dynamic, evidence-based after-school programming that demonstrably improves its participants’ school attendance, academic performance and likelihood of higher education enrollment.
Founded in 2009 with a driven core team, a diverse board of directors and consistent institutional and private support, Kids on Point provides a unique blend of physical and intellectual stimulation for our students to be successful in the classroom and beyond.Contribute
Lauren believes after school programs are an important space, both for child development and for alleviating educational inequality. As the Executive Director, Lauren is committed to Kids On Point building strong partnerships with students and their families. She is an ardent proponent of working in collaboration with community members and other nonprofits to produce successful outcomes for every KOP scholar. Lauren’s background is in health education, fundraising, and grant writing, and she has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including work with Operation Home, Camp Happy Days, The Kennedy Center, and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, where she served on the Board of Directors. Lauren received her degree in Health Promotion from Georgia Southern University and has lived in Charleston for the last 10 years with her husband and daughter.
At Kids On Point, you will often find Jamita meeting with scholars, planning academic enrichment lessons, and leading the college and career readiness program. Jamita’s passion lies in youth development and she is proud to work for a program that acts as an avenue to opportunity for youth in Charleston. Jamita graduated from Charleston Southern University with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish. She is also a soon-to-be-certified School Counselor and is finishing up her Master’s degree at The Citadel. Outside of Kids On Point, Jamita runs her own small business and enjoys singing.
Carlton Pugh directs all the athletics at Kids On Point. Carlton coaches on the squash courts, oversees fitness activities, and ensures that scholars are receiving quality athletic programming after school. With over ten years of experience as a coach, Carlton is here to help youth create goals and accomplish them. He wants every KOP scholar to learn to turn personal obstacles into personal success. Carlton graduated from Benedict College with his B.S. in Criminal Justice. A native of Charleston, Carlton enjoys exploring his hometown with friends and family in his free time.
If she is not crunching numbers, Taylor can be found leading KOP’s Run Club and training volunteers to be effective mentors. With a background in youth development and a degree in political science, Taylor is equally passionate about quality mentorship and data-driven outcomes. She is an advocate of educational equality and believes every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the resources they need for success. Taylor graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in Politics. Outside of her work at KOP, Taylor is a committed news junkie and enjoys spending weekends at the beach.
As Kids On Point’s dedicated VISTA, Caroline works hard behind-the- scenes on program development projects that focus on better serving our volunteers and families. Caroline interned with several nonprofits throughout college, which led her to develop a passion in nonprofit work, especially organizations that serve today’s youth. She is excited to be on staff with Kids On Point because it combines those two passions. Caroline recently graduated from College of Charleston with a B.S. in Public Health. She lives on the beach and enjoys exploring everything Charleston has to offer. Caroline hopes to start her own nonprofit someday.