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.


Personal Support

Over 300 kids and 13 foster care organizations received help through the Darol Rodrock Foundation last year. The Foundation has provided area foster kids personal hygiene items, school supplies, food, transportation, 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.