We are so happy to announce that HBCU CONNECT will be one of our sponsors! Founded in 1999 by Hampton University graduate William Roger Moss III, who connected with fellow HBCU grad and entrepreneur E. Shawn Starks, HBCU CONNECT is the first African American targeted social network which was launched in 1999. Since then HBCU CONNECT has expanded into other areas of interest that are vital to African Americans, especially topics and interests related to historically black colleges and universities! Be sure to visit this excellent organization at www.hbcuconnect.com
Alethea E. Gaddis
Thank you for visiting our website! We are dedicated to providing the very best in college access information and programming to youth and families. We also offer other building blocks to help children and youth develop extraordinary lives!
Everyone should consider the value of a college degree.
The college experience in addition to earning a degree often positions you to pursue your passion.
Children and youth can be inspired early to live extraordinary lives.
A quality education prepares youth to remain competitive in the 21st century.
We look forward to serving you!
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The Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S. is a publicly supported non-profit organization. We also provide useful resources, some of which are included on this site. We were recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) in 2001. Supported by corporate sponsorship, federal grants and individual donations, we are committed to making a difference in the lives we are able to touch.
Please use this site as a resource and to learn how to participate in our programs and HBCU College Tours!
Alethea E. Gaddis
We have extended the Jump Start U4 College Tour Application to April 15, 2018, or until we reach capacity; whichever comes first. The application and all tour details are posted on this website.
Our next Pre-Tour Session is Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: First Church of God, Family Life Center (East Entrance), 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232.
Topic: College Admissions: It's A Process
Facilitator: Mr. Carlos Bing, State Director, GEAR UP Ohio, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Description: Students will be challenged to consider how they select a college or university and how to utilize tools for navigating the admissions process.
For all sessions, please check in at least 15 Minutes before the start time so that we can begin and end promptly.
We gratefully acknowledge our 2018 collaborative partnership with Ted Murdaugh and the First Church of God, A City of Refuge.
Jump Start U4 College promotes early awareness about the benefits of going to college. Our college access program walks students and parents though planning during the high school years, selecting a college, the admissions process, paying for college and so much more! The program is open to youth grades 8 – 12 from all backgrounds in public, private, parochial, charter and home schools. On Point is our program component conceived to support the post-secondary aspirations of youth and young adults who have graduated or working towards graduation through a credit recovery or GED program.
Students from the following public school districts are participating in our program:
Bexley City Schools
Canal Winchester City Schools
Columbus City Schools
Dublin City Schools
Gahanna City Schools
Grandview City Schools
Grove City Schools
Groveport-Madison City Schools
New Albany City Schools
Hamilton-Local City Schools
Hilliard City Schools
Pickerington City Schools
Reynoldsburg City Schools
Whitehall City Schools
World Harvest Prep
Students from Akron, Cincinnati and Cleveland
Various Central Ohio Charter Schools
Jump Start U4 College also offers college visits, primarily to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as part of our early awareness programming. We also visit other institutions of higher learning, including community colleges.
Kids Inspired and Destined for Success promotes literacy in children grades 4 – 7. Children who participate in our K.I.D.S. Club learn also learn early about the importance of college.