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 and has lives in Charleston with her husband and daughter.
Rachael has extensive experience in a variety of educational settings and currently serves as Director of the Afterschool and Summer Learning Resource Center at the College of Charleston in addition to being Program Director at Kids On Point. Her work on several research studies and program evaluations have given her first-hand experience in out-of-school-time and classroom settings across the Charleston, SC area. She is especially interested in children’s STEM learning through tinkering, recyclables, art, and engaging, locally relevant experiences.
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.
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. Dylan is a graduate of College of Charleston and has a B.A. in Theatre.
Holding a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and pursuing her MBA in NonProfit Leadership, Ontavia is the new Academic Coordinator for Kids On Point. She is an avid believer that bridging educational and socio-economical gaps are the first steps in making the world a better place for our youth. Ontavia has worked with several local organizations, such as Kaleidoscope, Residence Life, and the REACH Program at the College of Charleston, to ensure that she was a part of the change she wants to see in the community. She is excited to be a part of KOP’s team and be an integral part of servicing the Charleston community.
Nicole is working with Kids On Point through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program that focuses on capacity building projects. She is passionate about advancing equity in education and empowering students to reach their goals. She assists with communications efforts at Kids On Point. Nicole received her B.A. in Foreign Language and Communication Media from American University, and she is currently pursing a M.A. in Communication at the College of Charleston.
With a background in youth development and a degree in political science, Taylor is equally passionate about providing quality mentorship and producing data-driven outcomes. She is an advocate of educational equity and believes every student, regardless of their circumstances, deserves the resources they need for success. Taylor has her B.A. from Centre College and is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work.