Landfall Foundation awards grant to Kids Making It

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Carol Drury, Olaf Preston and Tammy Darazsdi of the Landfall Foundation present the grant award to Kids Making It. Courtesy photo.
Carol Drury, Olaf Preston and Tammy Darazsdi of the Landfall Foundation present the grant award to Kids Making It. Courtesy photo.

A local charitable organization has helped continue the mission of a Wilmington youth outreach group.

The Landfall Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Kids Making It (KMI), which aims to better the odds of area at-risk youth through a combination of hands-on woodwork training and one-on-one mentoring.

Founded in 1995, the Landfall Foundation provides funds to area nonprofit organizations for arts, education and health and welfare programs. The foundation distributed $310,000 in grants this year, and has donated over $3 million in grants and scholarships since its inception.

According to KMI, the grant will allow the nonprofit to serve more adolescents and teens and provide additional classes to Creekwood, Hillcrest and Houston Moore residents. It will also further KMI’s “Learning By Doing” instructional model and help assist program high school graduates who decide to enter the workforce or the organization’s apprenticeship program.

For more than a decade, KMI has served youth from ages seven through early adulthood in a variety of woodworking programs and classes. The nationally recognized organization’s overall mission is to reduce juvenile delinquency and empower youth to grow into responsible citizens through woodworking.