The Kids on the Move for Success Mission Statement
We believes that there are many factors issues that contribute to the success of children. For children to succeed, they must feel safe, must be transported to a world beyond their everyday life, learn that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) fields are available to all (minorities and girls) and that giving back to the community is important in learning acceptance and developing leadership skills.
Kids on the Move for Success believes that compassion, confidence and control are foundational elements in the success of children now and in the future. Our programs are designed to be mobile and dynamic allowing us to impact communities at the local, state and national level.
Broadening visions by transporting them beyond their everyday life and giving children a voice allows them to succeed now and in the future.
Kids on the Move for Success team has a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets, but we share a common goal to change the next generation. We work hard in accomplishing our mission – by being able to show our students “TuffTactics” tools is the best reward of it all.
Kids on the Move for Success, Inc. was founded on September 1, 2013 by Antoinette Tuff. The organization was developed to help underserved children all over the world see a new beginning and to know they too can push pass their life circumstances and be prepared for a purpose in life.
2013 – Present…We have given out scholarships to students all over the world. This has allowed us to give out more than 20 scholarships to students from Elementary to Graduate.
In 2016…Antoinette took her experience back into the school district were the gunman held her hostage and launch her own Discovery STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Mentoring Program. This program was designed to teach students that STEAM was available to all know matter what community they lives in. During the time of her launching the mentoring program she discovered that students where reading and doing math below their grade level. Antoinette went to the administrators and teachers of her students to get reading and math scores of all the students.
In 2017…Antoinette launched Knowledge is Powerful in Literacy After School Program at Canby Lane Elementary in Decatur, GA in DeKalb County School District. She launched her program at this school because it was where the Principal, Dr. Keshier Smikle and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kia Dennis helped saved her live when she was suicidal. Antoinette took the students from her Discovery STEAM Mentoring Program and other students from the school to enroll students. When Antoinette arrived at Canby Lane Elementary School the school was on the list of Title 1 School who were performing low with the help of the administrative team, teachers, students, parents and Antoinette’s team. They school performed high on their scores and removed them off the list.
In 2017…Antoinette launch The STEAM Educational Showcase which is a one-day, all school event exposing students in grades PreK – 5 (and special education) to STEAM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math including literacy. The exhibitors include universities, engineers, mathematicians, baker and much more from the Atlanta area.
In 2018…Antoinette allowed her students and community to know that it was important to give back to the community so she launched Joy in the Morning Community Outreach for families in Hughes Spalding Hospital. Everyone gives from toys, books gift bags, flowers, gift cards from Publix and Walmart and much more.
In 2018..Antoinette notice that her parents needed support as well as the students so she launch PACE (Parents Achieve through Continue Education) Parent Academy. Where it teaches each parent to become influencers in their communities. Educate them to speak out for their children’s safety. Give them the opportunities to increase educational and social resources for their families.
In 2019…When the nation was talking about arming teachers with guns. They all went to Antoinette scared and wanted to speak up but was afraid. Antoinette started Community Student Safety Conversations – Town Hall Meetings where she bring together schools leadership, law enforcement, business leaders, educators, and other community organizations to collaborate with students to find real solutions.
In 2019…In the effort to support her students from bullying and suicide attempts. Antoinette launched Non-Violence is Powerful is a program targeted to engage middle and high school students. Student Leaders moderate a viewing of the movie “Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story”( http://antoinettetuff.com/antoinette-movie/). The viewing is followed by a panel discussion about Gun Violence and School Safety. Student Leaders will focus on COMPASSION, CONFIDENCE and CONTROL to stimulate audience participation and discussion. The event may include a Non-Violence is Powerful Poster Contest. Middle and high school students will create posters. The Kids on the Move for Success Youth Advisory/Planning Team will lead in the marketing and judging of the poster contest to fellow middle/high school students. One winner from each level (middle and high school) will receive $50.00.
In 2019…The parents wanted somewhere safe for the children during holiday seasons so Antoinette launched a Two Week “LEAP Holiday Enrichment Camp includes Academic and Financial Literacy, Interactive Reading Games, Reading Circle, Math Bingo, STEAM, Health Education, Tuff Tactics and much more. This camp is for students from Kindergarten to High School. She partnered with companies, community leaders and Jr. Achievement for program curriculum and activities.
In 2020…Antoinette wanted to meet the needs of our low-income communities and family. We expanded Knowledge is Powerful in Literacy to a virtual platform for our students during school year to support our students and parents.
In 2020…Antoinette led our students and parents into the Enough is Enough Prayer and Peaceful Protest for Justice March with Commissioner Larry Johnson and the community in DeKalb County area to show our students how to do a peaceful march for their rights for justice and equality.
Our mentors come from various businesses in Georgia and Texas. They are mentors in the STEM fields and some are every day people. Just like YOU. If you have a love for children and want to make a difference in the next generation than we need YOU.
In order to apply to be a mentor, you must be over the age of 21 unless you are in our Youth Trailblazer Program, must be willing to commit to at least one year and meet with your mentee once a week during lunch or after school. All mentors are ask to:
We ask that you meet with your mentees once a week for 30 minutes or one hour during lunch or after school. Please try to keep a consistent schedule with your weekly meetings so the mentee can have consistency in their lives.
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