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What is MKC?

Making Kids Count, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Mahoning Valley that believes that every child deserves to feel special, regardless of circumstances. We have a number of programs that enable us to further our charitable purpose.


Our Impact

Our programs bring positive emotional experiences to children and their families by supporting everyday needs, boosting confidence, and lifting spirits. We will continue to expand our programs to reach as many people as possible.


Your Help

With your help, MKC can do great things for our community! We are always in need for great volunteers that feel passionate about our cause. We will post volunteer opportunites on our Facebook site as well as in our monthly e-newsletter.


Thank You

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Family keeps daughter's memory alive through scholarship

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Vindy.com

Maria Haynes will start her college career with help from the family of another young woman who once had the same dream as her: to work in the criminal justice field.

Haynes, 17, of Canfield, and a student at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, was awarded the Leslie Marie Demetrios Memorial Scholarship Tuesday.

“My daughter passed away from a drug overdose. ... I wanted to keep her name going,” said Diane Demetrios of Boardman, who now runs Let’s Make a Difference, an organization dedicated to helping young people overcome some of the obstacles with which her daughter struggled.

Leslie died Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 31.

Diane, who raises funds by selling candy bars at area businesses, gave a $500 scholarship in her daughter’s honor last year; this year the scholarship is for $1,000, thanks to a matching donation from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation.

The scholarship is awarded to students graduating from MCCTC’s criminal justice/public safety program, from which Leslie graduated in 2001.

Mom's program presents anti-bullying message to Boardman second-graders

Vindy.com - Bullying indirectly led to her daughter’s death, says Diane Demetrios. Now Demetrios, of Boardman, is trying to make sure local kids don’t go through what her daughter, Leslie Marie, went through as a child.

Demetrios started Let’s Make a Difference earlier this year in honor of Leslie, who died last year from a drug overdose at age 31.

“She was bullied as a child, [and] had very low self-esteem,” she said. “She would have made better choices” if she hadn’t been bullied.

“So I want to turn it around,” she said.

On Thursday Demetrios, her daughter-in-law, Lora Demetrios, and staff from Making Kids Count, another local organization, stopped by all four of Boardman’s elementary schools to share an anti-bullying message.

At the end of the program, each child received a copy of the book to take home, totaling more than 350 books provided by Let’s Make a Difference and Making Kids Count.

Organization Wraps Up Summer Food Program

Vindy.com - Making Kids Count, a local organization founded in 2010, has a clear mission: “To make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs.”

Employees and volunteers from the organization fulfilled that mission this summer by providing 12 Boardman families with groceries every other week since June 5, a program that wrapped up Thursday with one last delivery.

For the whole news story, click the picture above!

Donation Helps with Transition to Foster Care

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kids in foster care will benefit from a donation made Tuesday to Making Kids Count.

The Young Philanthropist Fund presented a check to the organization for $4,000, which will be used to buy Comfort Kits.

Mahoning County Children Services places 200 children in foster care each year. The children typically leave their homes with just the clothes on their back. The kits help replace items they were forced to leave behind.

“We know that for kids that are being removed from their homes, it is a very vulnerable time in their lives. If we can ease that transition into foster care, we would love to do that and help them,” said Jana Coffin with Making Kids Count. “They love these bags and love having a new, warm blanket, some toys, some coloring books and different things.”

Tuesday’s $4,000 donation will provide 150 comfort kits.

WKBN Interview with Youngstown-Youth Flag Football Association and MKC

On December 20, 2013, the Youngstown-Youth Flag Football Association (Y.Y.F.F.A.) presented a check to Making Kids Count on the morning show! Click the picture above to watch the news segment!

MKC Giving Program Highlighted on Regional Chamber Take 5

In this installment of Take 5 with the Regional Chamber, they take a look at what goes into decorating the Eastwood Mall for the holidays and what the mall has planned for Black Friday. They also visit four local charities that could use your help this holiday season: Making Kids Count, the Beatitude House, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. Click the picture above to watch the video!

Making Kids Count Featured by Good360

Making Kids Count was recently featured on Good360's Blog here!