our vision >>>

We envision a world where there is equity in academic, opportunity, and emotional well-being for all children regardless of socioeconomic status.

Facts on the Fly

  • WINGS for Kids is the only education nonprofit nationwide of its kind focused solely on teaching social and emotional skills (SEL) to kids k-5th in an after school setting.

  • WINGS runs every day, M-F, 3 hours, for a total of 450 hours each school year.

  • Since we began in 1996, WINGS has served more than 8,500 kids.

  • WINGS serves more than 1,600 kids every day at a record 11 schools (3 in Charleston, SC, 1 in rural Lake City, SC, 5 in Atlanta, GA and 2 in Charlotte, NC).

  • WINGS currently utilizes 140 college-aged mentors as WINGSLeaders, building up their social and emotional skill so knowledge can transfer from young adult to child

  • All WINGS kids receive 130 hours of homework help at WINGS each year.
  • In June of 2014, the Wallace Foundation awarded WINGS a 2-year, $410,000 grant to support our promising research and the influence it can have across the entire education sector

  • In July of 2013, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation awarded WINGS a 3-year, $3.6 million dollar grant to expand and replicate our program in an effort to serve more kids and transform the life trajectories of vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. By 2016, WINGS plans to be in up to 16 schools across the southeast.

  • WINGS is designed to teach 30 lessons the rooted in the five core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

  • The Institute of Education Sciences awarded The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education $2.8 million grant to conduct a four-year evaluation of the WINGS program. Findings will be unveiled Spring of 2017. 

  • Four-star rating for WINGS! Charity Navigator delivered their highest rating, four-stars, to WINGS and we're one of only five organizations in the Low Country to score this high mark. A 4-star rating is defined as “Exceptional: Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.”


WINGS for Kids is by almost all measures a comparatively strong, performance-driven organization with a robust program model designed with extraordinary attention to detail. The program is managed and delivered with fidelity by the organization’s staff.
Michael Bailin
Former President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Lifetime Board member Kate Huey and CEO Bridget Laird with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan