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Community Partner Highlight: SKJAJA Fund

who they are

SKJAJA is focused on connecting kids in families with limited resources to the community through extra curricular activities and community service. SKJAJA helps students uncover their passions and bridges the gaps by paying for activities which aren’t covered by scholarships. But, it’s not just about the sports, or arts, or academics. In return for the funding received, grant recipients must “pay it forward” through a community service project. Often, that connection with the community continues long after the requirement is fulfilled.

SKJAJA bridges the gap, by paying for activities that aren’t covered by scholarships or other sources:
  • Summer camps
  • Music lessons
  • Sports equipment and uniforms
  • Recreational sports
  • School field trips
  • International studies
  • Academic enrichment and tutoring
  • After school programs
  • Enrichment classes such as: dance, art, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and cooking
Many children can’t afford to participate in extra-curricular activities, however these activities are crucial to a child’s development and long-term success. Studies show that students involved in after school programs have: 
  • Improved school attendance and engagement in learning
  • Improved test scores and grades
  • A more positive impact on their self-concept and decision making
  • Reduced truancy and improved behavior in school
  • Opportunities to create additional peer and adult relationships 
Researchers agree: Dropping out of school is a gradual process that typically begins years before a student even enters high school. After school participation in both academic and non-academic pursuits – at every grade level – gives students the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.

how we're partners

We've said it before and we'll say it again, there's not much better than kids helping other kids.

That's a huge reason why we partnered with SKJAJA to plan the Rock The Hill event in May 2018. Rock the Hill was an all-day concert at the historic Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The end-of-season showcase for our Essential Floyd, Funk N Soul, and Southern Rock shows provided the entertainment to raise funds for SKJAJA and the School of Rock Chapel Hill Scholarship Fund. 

Just this month, we got the opportunity to work with SKJAJA Fund again! Our House Band, the Chillers, opened up for local legends Liquid Pleasure at Top of the Hill for Shack, Rattle & Roll, an event raising funds for SKJAJA. 

We recognize the importance of kids finding a community through extra-curriculars and we feel so lucky that we get to partner with an organization that embodies that belief.

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