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The Kadie Project

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

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Our Mission 

The Kadie Project promotes diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion by providing multicultural resources for educators and their classroom libraries.

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Meet the Team

The Faces of The Kadie Project

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Ky Newsome

Co-Founder

Ky brings over 20 years of non-profit experience. She is passionate about ending gender-based violence and advocates for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors by day. Through her love for community and her purpose to inspire change, Ky founded a program working with marginalized youth in her local community in 2011. This program provided mentorships, community service opportunities, leadership development programs, and educational support to youth often overlooked in rural communities.

In 2019, Ky co-founded The Kadie Project, named after her 7-year-old daughter, who was confronted with racism at three years old. Understanding that these conversations are not foreign within BIPOC households, Ky decided to use this as a teaching opportunity. Since 2019, The Kadie Project has collected over $8,000 in multicultural resources.

Ky also provides cultural awareness, diversity, equity, and inclusion training to other organizations.  

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The Kadie Project 2023

Kick-Off July 5

Our Wishlist will go live July 5-Stay Tuned!

The Kadie Project will benefit Mrs. Emma Schmidt, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. 

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The Lit

Shop Locally

We have expanded our wishlist to a local bookstore, The Literary (The Lit), in Champaign, IL.  Click the link below.  Items are directly shipped to us.​​

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Helping The Community

Bookshop.org is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.  This is the second year The Kadie Project has added our wishlist to their site.
Click the link below to access our wishlist.  This platform requires a shipping address to be entered.  Please send items to our address listed below.​PO Box 16Charleston IL 61920   

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Monetary Donations

Helping The Community

All monetary donations go directly into the classroom.  Last year, we were able to purchase items directly from our wishlist. ​Click the link below to donate through PayPal or find us on Cash App or Venmo.