The mission of the Otis Smith Kids Foundation is to improve the quality
of life and outlook for the future for Northeast Florida area
elementary school children. We do this by providing quality programs
and services in the areas of education, recreation, personal growth and
development. Programs include:
The Otis Smith Kids Foundation After-School Program is designed to
equip third, fourth and fifth grade students with the tools necessary
to meet the state of Florida's minimum standards for the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The Foundation partners with
local elementary schools to provide hands-on tutoring and test
preparation, along with additional activities that encourage positive
social skills and teamwork.
Citi D.R.E.A.M. Camp
As a cornerstone program of the Otis Smith Kids Foundation, Citi
D.R.E.A.M. Camp is an annual highlight for the Foundation's children.
Representing the important life skills and values of Dedication,
Responsibility, Education, Ambition and Motivation, Citi D.R.E.A.M.
Camp provides the tools necessary for children to develop into
well-rounded, productive citizens.
Trained counselors work with the children on core principle lessons
including leadership, interpersonal behavior, social skills, conflict
resolution and career choices. Children also participate in traditional
summer camp activities such as arts and crafts, physical education,
plays and scavenger hunts.
The Otis Smith Kids Foundation provides Jacksonville-area
disadvantaged children the opportunity to attend or participate in
numerous cultural, educational and entertainment events throughout the
year. By providing a variety of settings that celebrate diversity,
positive choice making and education, children enrolled in the
Foundation witness first-hand the results of hard work and dedication.
This program is named "Branching Out" as it enables students to reach
outside their comfort zone and experience new adventures and ideas as
they stretch their imaginations and dream of their future.
Every child enrolled in the Foundation has the opportunity to take
part in these activities at no charge. Some of the activities are in
the form of field trips, while others take place on campus at their
The Otis Smith Kids Foundation works with the University of North
Florida and Florida Community College at Jacksonville to provide
scholarships to former Foundation students.
The Otis Smith Kids Foundation is not a grant-making foundation. Our mission is to provide
children's programs and we are sustained through grants, donations and
Geographic Areas Served:
Nationwide - urban areas
Otis Smith Kids Foundation Website
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