Upcoming Kids Korps activities include fundraising gala, military food distribution event and more


The Kids Korps Super Star Gala “A Night at the Royal Ascot” is right around the corner. In addition to fine food, wine, entertainment and one-of-a-kind auction items, guests will have an opportunity to “raise the paddle” to support Kids Korps outreach programs in underserved communities. Kids Korps is committed to engaging youth of all socio-economic backgrounds has established school and community based Kids Korps and Teen Korps chapters in City Heights. Through their involvement, youth from this highly diverse and under-resourced San Diego neighborhood gain a sense of commitment to community development while developing life-long leadership skills. “Raise The Paddle” will help us expand our outreach program and will also support Kids Korps’ other youth volunteer programs throughout San Diego County.

Tickets are still available for the Gala – for more information, please contact Kids Korps at (760)452-2676 or visit our website at


Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to win a pair of hand-crafted teardrop earrings with 75 carats of green amethyst surrounded by over 560 diamonds, donated by Martin Katz Jewelers, valued at $25,000. Opportunity drawing tickets are only $50 each, and all proceeds benefit Kids Korps’ youth volunteer programs. You can purchase your tickets at Martin Katz Jewelers, 6016 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe or through Kids Korps’ office – call (760) 452-2676 for more information.


For many years, sisters Michelle and Nicole Oberman have tried to fulfill the Kids Korps USA vision of encouraging children to care about the world around them through volunteering. They picked a different non-profit organization to work with each month until they found Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship in January 2010.

Partners’ mission is to provide therapeutic horsemanship as a unique means to improve the quality of life for those with special needs, their families and the community. This mission resonated with Michelle and Nicole, who at the time had been riding horses for over five years. They were excited about the possibility of combining their love and knowledge of horses with a meaningful volunteer assignment.

For the last two years, the sisters have made a monthly visit to the Lakeside facility to spend Saturday mornings assisting students with disabilities. They prepare the horses for each student rider, help the rider mount the horse, and help the students balance and steer the horse. They have gotten to know the students and their families and have seen the joy horseback riding can provide to everyone.

One little boy only speaks when he is on horseback. Another student with anger management issues is calm while riding. A client who walks with a cane becomes independently mobile on the animal’s back; a girl with multiple health challenges smiles the widest when petting her horse.

Michelle and Nicole are proud of these triumphs while realizing how lucky they are to have their own physical and mental health. They are able to give a little back so those who are not as fortunate can forget their troubles, if only while on the back of a horse.


Hello, I’m Ciara Schnitzer, a junior who attends University City High School. I run a Kids Korps chapter that participates in local community service events throughout the year. On April 7, my chapter and I decided that we wanted to get involved in Solana Beach’s Spring Festival and Egg Hunt event. It couldn’t have been more exciting and rewarding!

When we arrived, we were told that we could help by regulating the jumpers that the park had set up. This meant that we were to remind kids to take their shoes off before entering, and to make sure one jumper did not get too crowded. My members and I were so thrilled that this was our task.

“Everyone has done such a terrific job setting things up. The kids are going to have a great time,” said Sandon Steidley. And they did! Throughout the event, parents and kids looked so joyful to be spending time with one another. Teen Korps member, Delaney Appel mentioned, “The people running the event were so nice, so it was easy for volunteers to forward their positive attitude”. The Spring Festival event was just one volunteer day for University City High Teen Korps chapter, we will be sure to have more.


WHAT: Food Packing Event “San Diego’s Fight Against Hunger”

WHEN: Sat. April 29 (8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

WHERE: San Diego


WHAT: Military Food Distribution - Hands Up Food Pantry

WHEN: Sun. May 6 (10 a,m, - 12 p.m.)

WHERE: San Diego


WHAT: Rancho Coastal Humane Society

WHEN: Sat. May 11 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)

WHERE: Encinitas


WHAT: Armed Forces Military Family Appreciation Day

WHEN: Sat. May 19 (2 - 4 p.m.)

WHERE: Solana Beach