Investing to support local Foster-Youth

The Darol Rodrock Foundation is working alongside with the non-profit organization Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP (U.S Department of Education funded program with Wichita State University) providing financial supports for the academic and career development guidance of the foster-youth in the local high schools. The trained mentors act as their “guardians” and work with the school counselors to make sure their classes are lined up and credits get transferred over when these kids need to move between different foster and group homes.

KKGU helps Junior and Senior foster kids planning their future after graduation from High School. We provide the financial support for KKGU to help these foster kids with college applications, taking them on college tours, and help transitioning out of foster care.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City helps academically capable and motivated boys in need to meet their full potential and become men for others by providing a value-centered, family-like home, opportunities and education through college.

Founded on the belief that a loving God cares about the life of every individual, Boys Hope Girls Hope acts in accordance with the following values:

  • Education is critical to reaching one’s full potential.
  • Spirituality and an active faith-life are essential elements of healthy personal development.
  • Children have the capacity to transcend their circumstances if given a safe environment, opportunities, and loving support.
  • Integrity, honesty, respect, a willingness to love, and service to others are important measures of personal success.
  • Potential can be realized if individuals are responsible for their destinies and actions. All children deserve the guidance, support and opportunities necessary to reach that potential.
  • Respect for the dignity, value, unique perspectives, and talents of every individual is the foundation of positive social and emotional development, as well as strong and vibrant communities.


Personal Support

Over 300 kids and 13 foster care organizations received help through the Darol Rodrock Foundation last year. The Foundation has provided are foster kids personal hygiene items, school supplies, food, bedding, clothes, dorm room supplies as well as mentoring and emotional support. In addition, over 175 backpack donations were provided.

Academic Support

Last year the Darol Rodrock Foundation proudly supported 35 Kansas Kids@GEAR UP kids heading off for college by providing the basics—everything from bedding to school supplies, laptops, personal hygiene, laundry/cleaning supplies and snacks to help them start off confidently as they begin their academic career.

Raising Community Awareness

Through the Kansas Kids @GEAR UP program and the numerous speaking presentations of Darol Rodrock, the Darol Rodrock Foundation has worked to raise awareness in our communities throughout the Kansas City area to communicate the needs of children in the foster care system, says Darol Rodrock. The Foundation message, along with raising more financial support for the kids, is the goal in collaborating with the popular sporting clubs like the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC. It's our greatest hope that the Kansas City community will rally around these kids in need and help ensure their lives are filled with hope for the future and the knowledge of their own potential.