Big Up Kidz’ mission is to help the community reach for a brighter future by providing youth and families with opportunities to learn, explore and grow in a safe and structured environment.
The organization is driven by the vision of creating a safe, positive educational environment in which to spark a love of learning, while supporting development of the academic, social and life skills youth need to be successful in school and beyond.
In support of this vision, Big Up Kidz has defined the following objectives: to increase math and language skills; improve school attendance and performance; improve students' social skills; increase interest/participation STEAM activities; support healthy lifestyle choices; promote education; and increase parent involvement in students’ education.
Shiekh Community Center
We are centrally located at Shiekh Community Center on 1900 N Long Beach Blvd., in Compton, CA. Shiekh Community Center was developed by the owners and founders of the Shiekh Shoes Corporation, who wanted to take their success in the shoe business and give back to the communities where they profit most. On behalf of the communities we serve, we want to thank Shiekh Shoes for their philanthropic efforts to help programs like ours thrive and prosper. We currently serve students from both Foster Elementary and Barack Obama Charter School at this site. Big Up Kidz serves about 60 students in the After-School Program, 20 students in the Before-School program, 60 students in the summer camp program, and up to 40 high School interns in the Teen Workforce Connection Program.