Oregon State University


Mission Statement

KidSpirit links knowledge from Oregon State University to benefit community youth in an environment that creates service and learning opportunities. The KidSpirit staff study and demonstrate effective teaching strategies and professionalism. Staff learn life skills which increase their confidence and self-esteem while enabling them to enter the workplace as leaders.

Health, physical activity, science, and creative arts curriculum created and implemented by the KidSpirit staff improve the skills, lifestyle and social development of children of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. Activities focus on instruction to build skills, increase self-esteem, and foster personal talents while creating friendships in a safe and positive environment.

KidSpirit Vision

We envision our program to build strong, empowered youth and young adults who work to develop our community.

KidSpirit Philosophy

At KidSpirit, we believe that every moment holds the potential for learning and growth. We strive to provide a fun, open learning atmosphere where both participants and staff are encouraged to challenge themselves daily. KidSpirit instructors cater to the wide variety of learning styles by creating engaging and individualized lessons to ensure that every participant has the opportunity to increase their skills and confidence. 

SQUiRT, Yogi, Jellybean, Rex, and Sonic pose with their FISH bags at a Monday Morning Meeting!The FISH Philosophy

KidSpirit programs combine a passion for learning with the FISH Philosophy. The FISH Philosophy is made up of four simple things: Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude. The philosophy is embodied by our staff who fully engage in every moment, promote fun in classes by choosing to play, go out of their way to make every participant’s day, and actively choose their attitudes. KidSpirit strives to employ staff who push themselves to consistently embody the FISH Philosophy in order to create the most welcoming atmosphere possible.

Aims & Objectives

  • Enhance the mental, physical, and artistic development of the participants and staff through various activities
  • Create an environment and instructions which benefit society in human and community health
  • Provide an environment that will serve as a functional social network of mutual trust and social development
  • Supply a fun environment through age and skill appropriate activities that focus on self-improvement, discovery, and increased self-esteem of the participants and staff
  • Establish an environment that is safe and caring for the participants and staff

The KidSpirit staff strive to provide a fun, educational, and caring atmosphere for children to achieve personal success while enhancing opportunities for social interaction in a supervised and positive environment.

Connection to the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Outreach Collaborative for a Healthy Oregon (OCHO)

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences have implemented an outreach and engagement program through OCHO. Community-based solutions to health and human development issues are being tackled by OSU students, staff, and faculty alike. Working with the community to address their needs, OCHO acts as a fast-track for students to engage beyond the classroom and allows researchers to utilize findings to improve lives in the community.

KidSpirit is one of the youth programs that OCHO lists under its website. 4-H, Child Development Laboratory, and IMPACT comprise of the remaining youth programs under OCHO. For family and Adult programs, please check out the OCHO Website.

Contact Info

OSU KidSpirit
2450 Jefferson Way
125 Langton Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
541.737.KIDS (5437)
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