Kids on Point is a Charleston, SC-based nonprofit offering dynamic, evidence-based year-round 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.
Peter is the Director of Squash at Kids On Point. He started coaching squash as a nationally-ranked junior player and continued as a varsity college squash player; after graduating, Peter became an assistant professional at the McArthur Squash Center. Peter is a certified US Squash Level III instructor. He obtained a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Dublin, an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Peter teaches Humanities part-time at Charleston Collegiate School.
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 equity 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 with a focus on education and immigration policy. Outside of crunching numbers for KOP, Taylor works full-time in education in North Carolina, where she currently resides.
Working with local youth has always been important to Dylan, as he believes giving back to be an integral aspect of life. Dylan is experienced in youth development, having worked for several other nonprofits, including WINGS for Kids and Camp Can Do. At Kids On Point, Dylan collaborates with Lead Mentors and ensures that every scholar is getting the most out of the program. Originally from Columbia, SC, Dylan is a Senior at College of Charleston, pursuing his B.A. in Theatre.
Morgan came to Kids On Point three years ago, as a first-year mentor from the College of Charleston. Since then, she has served as the KOP Honors College Liaison, as a Lead Mentor, and as an Impact360 summer camp counselor. Morgan brings expertise from her 3 years as a mentor to the role of Academic Success Coordinator, working hard to ensure that scholars receive the personalized support that they need. Morgan is currently a senior in the Honors College at College of Charleston.