WHY FUNDING IS URGENT
There are enough kids in the L.A. County foster care system alone to fill the Staples Center not once, but twice. More than 50% of California's foster youth will not be reunified with their families. This creates an urgent need for them to avoid the trajectory of homelessness, job and food insecurity, and incarceration. KITS provides the resources that foster youth need to transition into adulthood and find fulfilment, careers, and stability.
Filmmaking is a pathway to economic freedom in Los Angeles. As an education center linking transitional-aged foster youth (ages 18-25) to jobs in the entertainment industry (currently 586,000 production jobs), the KITS Production Studio for a Cause will set KITS youth on this path.
This social enterprise will allow industry professionals to “pay it forward” by utilizing our studio, hiring one to two KITS’ youth (identified as "Young Professionals") to work on their projects, gaining vocational skills needed to join a entertainment workforce that generates $43 billion in labor income annually.
Most importantly, the production studio will serve as a permanent home base where foster youth can belong, socialize, network, learn filmmaking, access mental health resources, and produce their own independent film projects.