Their organization focuses on disadvantaged children in first and second grade and consists of a seven-week program where graduate and undergraduate students partner with classrooms to teach interactive nutrition curriculum covering a variety of topics. Students form ‘KIN groups’ with their instructors, and get the opportunity to, as Nicolet explained, “form healthy habits at a young age so that they can carry those into adulthood and have an understanding of what healthy eating looks like.” The nonprofit currently has several chapters throughout California and has a presence in Massachusetts and Indiana. “It’s really grown into a university student LED movement,” Nicolet stated.
KIN originally found CORP through a web search. They applied through the CORP webpage and were soon in contact with the CORP paralegal at the time, who worked with supervising attorney Nicola Wood to place them with attorneys capable of addressing their legal issues. Over the past few years, Kids In Nutrition has worked with three different firms to address trademark issues, review the necessary waivers and contracts involved with working in elementary schools, and generate an employee handbook for the program. Nicolet also attended one of CORP’s Nonprofit Health Check-ins, where nonprofits are paired with attorneys to review their legal compliance. This allowed her to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of nonprofit needs and requirements. Nicolet found it very helpful and plans to attend another compliance clinic in the future once the program begins to have employees.
Nicolet has a strong opinion on the accessibility of pro bono services to non-profits. “It was such a weight off my shoulders to have this assistance,” she explained. “I’ve been learning along the way, and then to have this whole separate legal world…it was just overwhelming and not really feasible to do while running the program. Having this help was priceless.” Nicolet appreciated the detailed nature of the firms she worked with, and their efforts to make sure she understood as much as she could about the process. “I’m very grateful for the CORP Program,” she concluded.
KIN is currently establishing a charter at UCLA, but their focus is on establishing capacity through creating volunteer training models, establishing full employment for Nicolet, and strengthening the foundation of the organization before expanding.
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