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In order to reach more elementary school students, KAPOW has developed a system of affiliates, meaning that a community can identify an entity such as a Public School System, local Chamber of Commerce, School-to-Work office or another non-profit willing to act as the "governing entity" of the program. Full-fledged KAPOW affiliation is a three-year process during which a national KAPOW representative works with the affiliate and identified local coordinators to prepare them for increasing "ownership" of the community’s KAPOW partnerships. The membership fee provides the affiliate’s partnerships with multiple services and materials including a tested curriculum, ongoing technical assistance, and national activities and resources.


A standard KAPOW partnership is defined as one business and one elementary school. Business volunteers recruited from a variety of departments and positions are released during working hours to teach children about the world of work, focusing on critical topics including communication, positive work habits and attitudes, decision-making, and overcoming bias and stereotyping. Business volunteers are trained to use the KAPOW curriculum and every child within a participating grade is included in the program.


Once your community identifies the organization that will serve as the governing entity or affiliate, a KAPOW representative from the national office is assigned to assist in the planning of KAPOW partnership implementation. This assistance includes development of strategies for recruiting appropriate business and elementary school participants, providing insight as to how partnerships have been developed by veteran affiliates in other communities, and guaranteeing high quality programming.


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Quality Points

The following points define the KAPOW structure and minimum standards.

   1. The goals and objectives from each lesson in the KAPOW curriculum are accomplished during the classroom visit.

   2. All children in a grade level in an elementary school participate in KAPOW.

   3. All KAPOW classes participate in at least one worksite   visit per school year and at least seven classroom visits each school year.

   4. All business volunteers and teachers participating in KAPOW will be trained in the goals, objectives and expectations of KAPOW as well as the use of the KAPOW curriculum.

   5. The classroom visits are spread out throughout the school year, ideally once each four weeks.

   6. Business volunteers are assigned to specific classrooms for the entire school year so that the children see the same faces each KAPOW visit.

   7. The teacher and business volunteer participate together in planning the KAPOW classroom lessons.

   8. Business volunteers display positive work habits -- being on time, prepared, professional, and following all school rules.

   9. Business volunteers are never left alone in the classroom -- the teacher does not leave the classroom during a KAPOW classroom visit.

   10. There are no commercial activities conducted by the business volunteers. No promotional items, coupons or samples are distributed to the children.

   11. Business volunteers will not use KAPOW as an opportunity to develop personal relationships with the children.  No business cards or phone numbers shall be distributed to the children and the business volunteer will not be alone with an individual child or children while in the KAPOW context.

If you are interested in becoming a KAPOW affiliate or you would like to learn more about different ways to work with us, please email us at



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