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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 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 Operations 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.
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.
Kingsley joins the KOP team as an alumni of Citysquash and former employee at Streetsquash, two programs within the Squash and Education Alliance network. He believes in the impact programs such as Kids on Point have on the growth of students, families, and communities. Kingsley has been playing squash for 14 years. He captained his high school squash team, Canterbury, in New Milford Ct his senior year leading them to their first championship for the squash program. He went on to play at St. Lawrence University for four years where their highest finish was #2 in the country. He earned his BA at St. Lawrence with a major in Global Studies and minor in Spanish. Kingsley is excited to work with the Kids on Point community and share and learn how squash can empower our students and communities.
Stachia M. Bennett is a creative professional who has a zeal for learning both within and without the classroom. Her love of learning led her to obtain a bachelor's degree in secondary English education and a master's degree in professional writing. With this newfound knowledge, she taught English courses at the secondary and post-secondary level. As a result, she is cognizant of the skills students need to succeed in school and in life. Her greatest delight is to work one-on-one with students and watch them master concepts they once deemed confusing in confidence and in excellence.
Barbie brings to Kids On Point nearly 15 years of Charleston development experience. With a strong interest in elevating quality education, Barbie believes all children deserve to have access to opportunities and KOP is the place where students can thrive. As a lifelong learner herself, she received her Bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and her Masters degree from the College of Charleston. Barbie is passionate about connecting people, resources and opportunities throughout our community to create a sustainable impact.