Ryan DeVos, Orlando Magic's VP of Shareholder Engagement, and wife, Michelle DeVos, present Every Kid Outreach with a $30,000 gift as part of the 30 Grants for 30 Years initiative.

Every Kid Outreach Empowers Every Kid to Reach Their Brightest Future with Partnership from DeVos Family Foundation Grant

Dan Savage
Director of Digital News

ORLANDO – Engage. Inspire. Connect. 

Those three words reflect the foundational philosophy behind Every Kid Outreach (EKO).  

By engaging children through relationship building, inspiring them with their program, and connecting kids to their purpose, EKO aims to empower every child to reach their brightest future. Through wholesome programs, the goal is for students to be spiritually, physically, and emotionally healthy, to be of good character, and to gain the tools necessary to reach their full potential.

“Our goal is to empower every kid with the skills needed to become a successful citizen,” said Executive Director of Every Kid Outreach Jermaine Reynolds. 

EKO’s programs are extensive. It starts with building relationships with students and staff at Maitland, Lockhart, and College Park Middle Schools, as well as Edgewater High School. Often, those relationships are formed in the cafeteria as EKO members ask kids about their day and offer guidance, prayer, and support. Adopted as a part of campus culture, team members can be spotted helping kids find their classrooms, providing leadership courses, or assisting in extracurricular events. 

Off campus, EKO hosts programs like the 5th Quarter. Once a week, approximately 100 kids spend their evenings enjoying supervised social time with basketball, homework help, one-on-one time with mentors, discipleship, games, pizza, and other activities. EKO Camp, a three-day weekend retreat, and the L3 program, a 30-week life-long leadership training offered on the campus of six Orange County schools, build on the initial program to further impact the kids’ faith and character-building.

“It happens on campus, but there are countless programs that we offer in the realm of mentoring and character development that take place (on and off campus),” said Reynolds, whose program alumni include NFL safety HaHa Clinton-Dix and former WNBA player Alexis Prince. “What you see with Every Kid Outreach is that we start out on campus, but we flow out into the community. We like to think of ourselves as the liaison between the home and the community.”  

Now, as a result of a $30,000 donation from the DeVos Family Foundation as part of their 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, EKO’s outreach will extend even further into this community. 

Engrained in Edgewater High School’s campus, Every Kid Outreach serves 500 families annually. The grant will not only support the impact on the families they’re already serving but also allow the organization to grow its impact on students navigating through middle school, high school, and community life.

“Because of the DeVos family’s efforts and support, we are committed to continuing to build up every kid that we serve and pour into them so that they can reach their brightest future,” said Reynolds. “I want to say, ‘thank you’ from the bottom, middle, and top of our hearts for their continued support of what we’re doing at Every Kid Outreach.” 

The gift to Every Kid Outreach is the latest donation as part of the DeVos family's 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative. Overall, the Initiative will result in a total of $3 million donated to 30 area nonprofit organizations over 18 months, investing in people and projects impacting youth, essential needs for families, and community enrichment across Central Florida. 

"Much like Every Kid Outreach – as caretakers of the Magic, it is our intent to act as a liaison between this organization, the fans – who are the real stakeholders in the team – and our community," said Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos. " There are tremendous things happening in the Orlando community every day, and we wanted to mark this 30-year milestone by coming alongside and recognizing nonprofits who are doing impactful work. They are the true leaders in Central Florida."