Our Vision

Provide children with an opportunity to change their dreams into reality.

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘” ~Acts 20:35~

Through his childhood experiences and faith, Dre Kirkpatrick understands how important it is to ensure that every child knows that there is a way out of every situation. Growing up in Gadsden, AL, Dre saw the need to find a way to motivate the youth living in his hometown. In 2013, Dre Kirkpatrick established his foundation previously known as 21 Kids in his hometown to impact the lives of disadvantage youth.

The foundation’s mission is to be a vehicle for disadvantage youth by providing opportunities and resources through education and mentorship programs and to ensure healthier lifestyles.

In 2018, the foundation’s legal name changed from 21 Kids to Dre Kirkpatrick’s 21 Kids Foundation. Since its existence the foundation has impacted the lives of disadvantaged youth in Gadsden and Cincinnati by providing educational enrichment and shopping sprees, and free youth football and cheer camps focusing on proper techniques and safety. Dre and his foundation will continue to impact the lives of our youth one day at a time by providing them with a “hand up!”