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 in Buford, Georgia as a simple neighborhood classroom with eleven students in their dining room. Today JosiahKids has 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, leadership, community service, sports and the performing arts.
Newton & Marlene Maina
JosiahKids is what families with young students and TEENS have always hoped to find!
We are a faith based nonprofit. Our classes are offered at INFLUENCERS CHURCH, Duluth, Georgia, for students ages (7-12) and TEENS ages (13-17). Our school year runs from September through May. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Parents drop off their students at 9 am in the morning and head out for a breakfast date, groceries or simply to plan their upcoming week. Dismissal is at 12:00 noon.
While students are with us, they are learning the Bible, hearing guest speakers from all walks of life (lawyers, chefs, authors, athletes, doctors, musicians, business executives etc). Students are also elevating creativity in music and dance, building lasting friendships, learning how to budget, serving their community and growing in virtue, convictions and character. Families who want to socialize over recreational basketball and soccer (skills and drills) must register and complete a waiver found on our website. Our sports events happen from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. And parents must plan to remain on premise.
Each fall, students get to be a part of one big annual production - The Buford Harvest - where we recognize the outstanding achievements of students throughout the state of Georgia and refresh our community with captivating performances in music, spoken word, and dance.
IMPORTANT: From September 2020 - May 2021, and due to COVID-19, JosiahKids will offer all classes through a digital platform. As such, we have opened our enrollment window to students from anywhere in the world at whatever cost their families can afford.