Celebrating 18 years in Southern Oregon

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It’s been 18 years since our first after school program opened doors at Oak Grove Elementary for children of poverty in Medford. With the vision to eliminate barriers so that all children could find opportunity through education, Kids Unlimited was created. Since our inception, Kids Unlimited has become more than a program, it’s become a movement capable of transcending norms and barriers while transforming lives of our participants and our community.

Our greatest organizational asset continues to be our ability to grow and respond to immediate and emergent needs. Our programs and services have been a nearly two decade learning journey and the successes have been remarkable. Since the beginning, the foundation of our work has been the relationship to our kids and families. Together, we have shared, learned and evolved our programs to be responsive and conscious of overcoming the barriers of poverty.

As our programs grew, our children and their families grew with us and their successes became a living testimony of what can happen when opportunities for children are created. The successes of the mission have lifted spirits, inspired hope and changed norms. Kids Unlimited is committed to building on what we have learned and believe strongly in our Building the Block campaign to further our mission. We maintain trust in a holistic solution for supporting our children and families with integrated services available 7 days a week, that are embedded in a campus capable of providing education, after school programs, medical services, mental health supports, parent and family resources, early learning programs and community recreation. More than services, the expansion of our facilities and campus will provide a greater capacity for children to learn, eat freshly prepared meals, play and dance, explore, dream and ultimately, imagine their Unlimited futures.

Many First that will Last Forever

  • 1998 – First after school programs for low income schools in Medford, Oregon
  • 1999 – First summer programs for low income schools in Medford, Oregon
  • 2001 – First youth development center created in Medford, Oregon
  • 2002 – First youth sports programs designed to remove participation barriers in Medford, Oregon
  • 2009 – First cohort of KU first graders graduate from high school, many the first in their families
  • 2013-16 – First KU alumni to graduate from college, the first in their families
Graduating Class 2009, Students that grew up in the Kids Unlimited Program.

Graduating Class 2009, Students that grew up in the Kids Unlimited Program.

Beto Vargas, who grew up in Kids Unlimited programs, graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, 2014

Beto Vargas, who grew up in Kids Unlimited programs, graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, 2014

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