History

  • Robert Clyatt, a workers’ compensation attorney from Valdosta, Georgia, founded the first Kids’ Chance organization in 1988.
  • With the assistance of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar, Bob Clyatt incorporated Kids’ Chance of Georgia
  • Kids’ Chance of Georgia began reaching out to other states and encouraged and assisted them in establishing their own Kids’ Chance organizations.
  • Twenty-nine states (and 6 more in development) have organized Kids’ Chance programs that are actively providing need-based scholarships to the families of seriously injured workers, and new Kids’ Chance organizations are being formed each year.
  • Kids’ Chance organizations have collectively awarded over 5,400 educational scholarships since their inception and distributed over $13,800,000 in scholarship funds to workers’ families.
  • In 2007 Kids’ Chance began operating as a National 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of creating, assisting and supporting all Kids’ Chance organizations.
  • Since the early beginnings in 1988, Kids’ Chance has grown and evolved, and has become a diverse group of employers, insurers, labor, state government, medical care providers, and both plaintiff and defense attorneys, who are working together to make a difference in the lives of all children affected by a workplace injury by helping them achieve their educational dreams.