About Us


We are professional child advocates and believe that all students have the right to opportunities that set them up for a successful education, career, and life.

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who insists they become the best they can possibly be.” -Rita Pierson



These are the guiding principles that reflect our organization. We aspire to treat all our partners, students, and families with respect and hold ourselves to these standards.

We strive for excellence by advancing our mission through the following values:


We are collaborators and partners. We are immersed in the schools and in our students’ and families’ lives.


We hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence. We follow through on commitments, make no false promises, work honestly, and embody authenticity.


We are inspired by potential and possibility. We refuse to accept complacency and are constantly adapting to achieve our goals.


We are committed to each other, our students, and families. We are determined to do whatever it takes for students to succeed.


We embrace diversity in thoughts, opinions and backgrounds. We communicate openly and honestly. We assume best intentions and care for one another.


We are passionate about our work and infuse it with positive energy. We cultivate a vibrant culture of having fun, embracing weirdness, and treasuring imagination.

"I love working for this organization because it allows me to unleash my creativity & passion. I love how I never come across an 'ordinary' day, and how I'm constantly surrounded by transformational leaders in the community."

David Savino, Roosevelt Site Manager

"Kids on Course allows and encourages students to pursue their passions and dreams. I feel so lucky that I get to work with people who share the same love for working towards a better future for our kids as I do."

Claire Stevens, Van Buren Site Coordinator

"Kids on Course is my dream job. There is no other job in the world that would let me have recess, play with Pokémon cards, go to art shows and wrestling meets while on the clock. But here, I do. I get the opportunity to build positive relationships and connect students to a passion that could stay with them a life time. This job is unique as every student we serve and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it."

Tyler Zaruba, Harrison Site Manager


PO Box 2336
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406