KidsTek has maintained a clear mission from its founding: To increase the technology literacy of students at Colorado’s highest-needs schools through innovative after school, project-based enrichment programs, and in-school technical certification programs. But what defines a high-needs school? While there are many measurements, one indicator of poverty in a school is the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (FRL.)
The FRL measurement is set by the National School Lunch Program, who provide low-cost or free lunches to millions of children every school day. Simply put, kids from families with incomes at or below 185% percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals. If their family is at or below 130% of poverty level, they are eligible for free lunches. To put that in context, the poverty threshhold for a family of four is $23,850 annually.
Why does this measurement matter to KidsTek? KidsTek partners exclusively with schools where the population is comprised of 70% or more students who qualify for FRL. This places our programs in neighborhoods with more pronounced socioeconomic needs. It also puts us on the right track to address the “digital divide,” and empower Colorado’s highest needs students with the technology skills they need to be successful!
See the Colorado Department of Education’s complete list of Free and Reduced Lunch rates by school here