The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S. (Kids Inspired and Destined for Success) was inspired by the lives of Willie and Vivian Gaddis. Randal L. Gaddis I and Alethea E. Gaddis wanted to establish an organization that would serve the greater good of the Columbus community. The intent was and is to empower and equip others to discover and pursue their purpose. The Gaddis’ exposed Alethea, Randal and their siblings Sylvia and Debra (deceased) to experiences that would broaden their horizon and build character. The Gaddis children were engaged in music lessons, sports and other activities. The tradition continued with Randal and his wife Elizabeth as they raised their sons Randal II, Curtis, Matthew and Westley. Randal graduated from Wright State University, and the triplets from Anderson University, The Ohio State University and Kent State University. These young men have married and now they and their wives continue the legacy with their young children.
As a family we embrace the value of varied experiences in the healthy development of children and youth. Initially the idea for the foundation was to provide scholarships for children so they could discover their purpose by participating in actives such as music, art, drama and creative writing instruction. The mission later expanded by incorporating college access programming. Alethea is passionate about encouraging young people to discover the value of post-secondary education opportunities through early awareness.
To invest in children and youth; equipping them with skills and resources to discover and intentionally live out their purpose.
Program beneficiaries will be positioned to live productive lives and make positive contributions to society.
To develop building blocks that ensure program beneficiaries are positioned to live extraordinary lives.
To operate with integrity, maintaining always a "standard of excellence."
To maximize resources and funds to fulfill our mission and vision.
Why college access? We are committed to offering college access programming because we believe every individual has a purpose to fulfill. For many, post-secondary education provides this opportunity, and early awareness about the process is critical. Life is a journey filled with triumphs and challenges, and we want to offer building blocks to help youth successfully matriculate through high school, to college and graduation day!
The Joyce Ivy Foundation's 2009 Ohio High School Counselor Report states that one-third of a high school guidance counselor's time is spent performing administrative work such as scheduling, testing management, maintaining student records and signing tardy slips. Another 40% of a counselor's time is dedicated to responding to students' immediate needs, broad-based group counseling and other activities. Furthermore, if a student does receive post-high school planning services, counselors frequently have no more than 15 minutes of individual time with non-crisis students a semester.This is why a program such as Jump Start U4 College is vital and key to the successful matriculation of students from high school to college.We have found this trend is common in school districts across FranklinCounty and beyond.
A college education is essential in order to achieve both personal and professional success.Statistics tell us that those with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) earn $21,000 more per year and have almost half the unemployment rate of those with just a high school diploma. (Source: US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics for persons over 24 (2002).To this end we embrace the value of:
Academic Preparation and Enrichment
We do this by offering the very best in personalized college access programming and coaching.
We do this by directing youth and parents to resources and community services and programs that meet their developmental needs.
We do this by offering affordable college tours so that youth will see “college life” first hand, and by introducing youth to professionals who look like them and who are living out their purpose.
The WVGFKIDS is a publicly supported non-profit organization established to empower children and youth by promoting and providing educational and artistic opportunities for those at risk among this population. Program initiatives include:
Jump Start U 4 College - Grades 8-12
Promotes college preparation and early awareness.Activities can includehigh school planning calendar to aid in the successful matriculation from high school to college, career assessment, how to select a college, the admission process, essay preparation, the financial aid process, scholarship search, time management techniques, asset development, and development of a personal mission statement. College tours are also offered.On Point is our program component concieved to support the post secondary aspirations of youth and young adults who have graduated form high school, or are working toward graduation through a credit recovery or GED program.
K.I.D.S. Club - Grades 4-7 (Coming Soon)
Promotesliteracy, self-esteem building and the arts. K.I.D.S. Club is designedto help children enjoy reading and to peak their interest to possible careers in the arts. We also promote early awareness about college with the children.
In addition, as a commitment to scholarship, the following have been established: The Willie Lee Gaddis Building Trades and Construction Discipline Scholarship. The Vivian Ann Thompson Gaddis Memorial Music Scholarship, and The Debra Ann Gaddis-Sawyer Memorial Non-Traditional Student Scholarship. Our first three scholarships were awarded in 2004. Awards are available based on the availability of funds.
March 2016 We supported Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter with a scholarship contribution for the EMBODI Program.