Our kids – like all kids – are fun, silly and endlessly lovable. They are also uniquely determined; they tackle the many hardships in their lives with a drive and grace that would put most adults to shame. In fact, they work harder than just about anybody we have ever met, and through LEARN’s programs we work with a LOT of kids! Their resolves inspire us to dream big and work harder too.
For now, our kids range in age from 1 year to 10 years of age. They generally range from 20 to 80 pounds. There are two reasons for this size and age range. Kids younger than 1 and smaller than 20 pounds typically do not yet understand the hazards of driving and have neither the strength nor reach to drive a car. Most kids older than 10 with movement limitations can find it hard to "fold themselves" into our current base cars; the cars cannot carry folks over 5’ tall and over 100 pounds comfortably. (We are working on a car design bigger kids; with some smart engineering and more financial support, we will be able to serve older kids soon.)
Our kids are mostly from Kansas City and nearby communities. For now, we are mostly serving kids who can visit our workshop in Kansas City, MO because the process of designing and fitting a car is so personal; we meet with families in person several times during the design and build process. We have, however, served some kids from as far afield as Minnesota and Nebraska; that has been possible because those kids’ families regularly travel to Kansas City for other reasons. We hope to expand our service area in the years ahead.
In addition, our kids come from many different socio-economic groups. Because we give the cars as gifts, any child who needs a car can afford it.
Naturally, our kids cannot be summed up in a few quick stats. Each one inspires and engages in his or her own way. Visit the Get Inspired section to meet some of our kids.