New Initiative Recognizes Outstanding Individuals Making a Meaningful
Difference in the Lives of Children
CAMP HILL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program is pleased to announce that Bervin
Harris of the Renaissance Youth Center in Bronx, NY, and Kirk
Hallett of the Joshua Group in Harrisburg, Pa., have been
selected as the first recipients of its first-ever KIDCHAMPSM
Designed to honor thought leaders in childhood development, each year,
the KIDCHAMP award will recognize individuals in communities served by
Rite Aid that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of youth by
advocating for their health and well-being, championing education and
academic growth and creating a safe environment for children and teens
to live and grow.
“The Rite Aid Foundation created the KIDCHAMP award to recognize
individuals from KidCents charities who selflessly give their time and
talent to improve lives of the children and teens they serve,” said
Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable
giving initiatives. “With Bervin and Kirk, helping kids is more than a
career, it’s their true calling. They go above and beyond to help the
youth they serve reach their full potential, often changing lives in the
process and inspiring others to join them in their efforts to create
strong and vibrant communities.”
As part of their KIDCHAMP recognition, both Harris and Hallett received
a $10,000 donation to their respective organizations to continue their
work to improve the lives of the children in their communities, giving
them a chance at better lives and brighter futures.
Mr. Harris, who has more than 30 years of social development experience
in the areas of youth services and community development, founded the
Renaissance Youth Center (RYC) to empower at-risk, inner-city youth in
Bronx, NY, to fully maximize their potential as productive and
responsible members of society. RYC brings performance-based music
programs, including vocal classes, musical instruments and dancing, to
more than 3,000 students in 26 public schools and community-based
organizations. In addition, the RYC provides youth STEAM education,
tutoring and an all-ages sports program. Mr. Harris has created many
partnerships for RYC, including the NYPD, Carnegie Hall, Department of
Probation, NYC Parks Department, Berklee College of Music and many more.
For more information, visit www.renaissanceyouth.org.
Mr. Hallett, who founded the Joshua Group nearly 20 years ago to help
at-risk youth in the Allision Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg succeed
through education and mentoring, believes that education is the
anti-poverty program that truly works. The Joshua Group provides
educational support and mentoring resources free of charge to students
in the community as a way to overcome the challenges of the pervasive
and endless cycle of poverty. Since its inception, the Joshua Group has
positively impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 youth and boasts a high
school graduation rate of more than 97%. The Joshua Group offers an
array of programs including after-school and pre-school programs, summer
learning programs and a resource center for GED/Adult Learning. For more
information, visit www.joshuagroup.org.
KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid
customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the
communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+
with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases
to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 440
nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of
children. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more
than $32 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid,
through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates,
has also raised more than $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals across the country since 1994.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading
drugstore chains with fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
Rite Aid Corporation
Ashley Flower, 717-975-5718