KICS Teen Work Initiative is a very exciting program which focuses on educating and empowering teens and pre-teens by providing opportunities for youth employment and building a foundation of valuable life skills. KICS has already mentored over 100 teens and pre-teens through the process of becoming state qualified soccer referees. Further, KICS hires these referees year-round and pays them an excellent wage. KICS aims to scale our enrichment programming by offering additional employment opportunities and educational programs such as, a coaching development program and marketing internships and mentorships. KICS is also partnering with a financial stakeholder to provide practical lessons to teens and pre-teens on how to handle money wisely, establishing a solid foundation for doing so when they become adults, focusing on teaching kids how to save money, the importance of giving and much more.