At The Heart  of Our Mission

OUR WHY

As my mother’s casket was being lowered into the ground, I watched in slow motion as my father threw his hands up in a rage and stormed off—for good. My broken heart could not be comforted. My eyes stayed on my younger sisters only 11, 12 and 15, weeping uncontrollably, their knees giving way. Nothing could describe the dread that gripped me as we slowly walked away from that grave into what felt like a black hole of a future. We were homeless, trapped in hopelessness, successfully silenced by the shame of losing—everything. Two things I simultaneously longed for: death or a place—a place where seeds of hope could stand the chance to germinate out of the darkness of my young broken heart.

MARLENE ONGWENY MAINA, Founder JosiahKids

Our History


Newton and Marlene Maina founded JosiahKids because they deeply believe that every child deserves to cross the finish line of childhood, loved, supported and empowered to make a meaningful life for themselves, as well as a meaningful difference. What started in their dining room as a simple neighborhood classroom with eleven students when they opened their doors on September 15th, 2018 has slowly morphed into what we now know as The School of Young Leaders. JosiahKids Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the mission of educating, empowering and equipping under-served students and teens in the local community in the areas of faith, sports, leadership, community service and the performing arts.

Our History

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Newton and Marlene Maina founded JosiahKids because they deeply believe that every child deserves to cross the finish line of childhood, loved, supported and empowered to make a meaningful life for themselves, as well as a meaningful difference. JosiahKids Incorporated opened its doors on September 15th, 2018. What started in their dining room as a simple neighborhood classroom with eleven students has slowly grown into what we now know as The School of Young Leaders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the mission of educating, empowering and equipping under-served students and teens in the local community in the areas of faith, sports, leadership, community service and the performing arts.

7 Reasons Why We Exist

We exist to raise up the next generation of best in class citizens

We exist because every child deserves a place where hope defies despair

We exist because prevention is always, always much better than cure

We exist because children are society's most valuable asset

We exist because it is much easier to build a child than to repair a broken man

We exist because we have partnered with heaven in the serious business of JOY

We exist to build lives, to build families and to build the kingdom of God

 

 

 

Every day in our nation over 5,400 young people in grades seven through twelve attempt to commit suicide

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that North America continues to experience the highest drug-related mortality rate in the world. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that Substance abuse costs our Nation over $600 billion dollars annually

The CDC reports that suicide was the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-34 years old in both the year 2016 and 2017

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that suicide and self-injury cost the United States $69 Billion dollars in 2015 alone

What You May Not Know

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