The KABA Foundation
In 1996, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance Foundation, Inc. was formed to develop educational initiatives in collaboration with local Kenosha schools to increase graduation and educational attainment rates, improve the overall quality of education and foster the best school system in the state.
Through this foundation, KABA plays an active role in the Kenosha area’s education system including an elementary school mentoring program, annual scholarship awards, and support for various other educational initiatives.
The KABA Mentor Program
The KABA Foundation manages a school-based mentoring program that empowers both young people and the adults working with them. Volunteer mentors from the Kenosha Area business community commit 30-45 minutes of their time each week for a third through fifth grade or middle school student to work on academic and social skills. The program is designed to provide at-risk students with positive adult role models that spend time with the student on a regular basis.
The KABA Mentor Program has had a positive impact, helping build self-esteem and self confidence, improving attendance, improving academic performance and building relationships with adults and other students.Learn more
KABA Catalyst2Careers Scholarship Program
KABA partners with Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin – Parkside to to recognize talented high school seniors in the Kenosha Area who are pursuing post-secondary education within Kenosha County. Scholarships are awarded to those students who intend to pursue a major or career-path in math, science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, finance or accounting.
Learn more about or apply for a Catalyst2Career Scholarship:
Other Community Initiatives Supported by the KABA Education Foundation
KABA also lends its support to many other initiatives championed by other organizations that we feel will have a positive impact on the educational systems in Kenosha County. Some of those initiatives include:
The Gateway Promise program helps ensure qualifying students seeking an education to begin their own path to success through a Gateway Technical College degree. It aims to assist low-income high school seniors in the Gateway district who graduate on-time and meet academic requirements by filling the gap between financial aid received and cost of attending Gateway.
Building Our Future is a network of community leaders representing all sectors of Kenosha County committed to improving student outcomes. The partnership unites existing programs, organizations and community resources to reach shared goals.
LakeView Technology Academy is a specialty high school preparing students to enter the field of engineering or higher level technology. LakeView students earn the equivalent of one year of technical college credits and/or one semester of college of engineering credits upon graduation.