KidsUganda Youth Board

The KidsUganda Youth Board was established in the spring of 2010 after ten Woodlands Academy and Lake Forest High School students returned from a service trip to the Maranatha Schools and Orphanage in Mityana, Uganda. Driven by their passion to 1) stay connected with the school and its students, 2) educate more people about the challenges these innocent children face every day, and 3) raise money to improve their quality of life, they formed the KidsUganda Youth Board. The Youth Board is composed of high school students from three schools in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The mission of the Youth Board is to bring together local youth who are committed to helping the children of Maranatha by supporting the fundraising and educational efforts of KidsUganda. Particular focus is on projects that directly impact the education and quality of life of the students at the Maranatha Schools and Orphanage.

Adventures in Service 2013 Youth Board Trip

Visit the shelter page to learn about the Youth Board's first fundraising project, The K.U. Youth House boys' dormitory. 

With the guidance of the KidsUganda Adult Board and CROYA, the Youth Board members plan, organize and run various fundraising projects from school bake sales and car washes to large community-wide events such as Share The Distance walks and Rummage For A Reason rummage sale. 

Share The Distance 2015

Membership in the KidsUganda Youth Board is open to all high school students. Students meet weekly either at CROYA (400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, IL) or in someone's home. Meetings typically last 60 to 90 minutes and are generally either Thursday at 7p.m. at CROYA or Sunday at 3p.m. at someone's home. Meetings are communicated via email and the KUYB Facebook group.

Mary Andersen is the adult coordinator. Please contact her for additional information at