Kyler's Kicks has proudly given away over 39,000 pairs of shoes since the day that Kyler almost lost his life over his own shoes. Kyler's Kicks provides Kyler's Kicks Shoe Closets in local schools and organizations. We also host multiple free public shoe giveaways every year. Kyler's Kicks is currently attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most shoes given away at one event in memory of Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos.
Kyler's Kicks Music Therapy aims to help teens find confidence in themselves through music. Teen Members learn to creatively articulate their thoughts through songwriting and express their feelings with musical instruments. Videography, Audio and Video Recording as well as a DJ course are also available at Kyler's Kicks
During our Art Therapy, Kyler’s Kicks Lounge Teen Members use creative techniques to explore their emotions and increase their self esteem. Creating art is a very therapeutic process, which allows teens to reconcile inner conflicts in a positive way.
Kyler’s Kicks Life Skills Therapy is packed full of knowledge. In order to achieve positive mental health, our teens must be able to attain the necessary skills to be successful in life. Kyler’s Kicks Teen Members benefit from important life skills, such as budgeting, finances, etiquette, sewing, car maintenance, hygiene, basic construction/ home maintenance, and much more during Life Skills Therapy.
Kyler’s Kicks Lounge strives to create financial stability for each teen member before they turn 21 years old. Our teens will never be able to afford their necessities on a minimum wage paying job. As a benefit of our Entrepreneurship Therapy, Teen Members design, create, and execute their own business plans. Kyler’s Kicks also fundraises the start up cost of each teen business. Through Career Therapy, Teen Members are given the opportunity to apply for schooling scholarships or enter many internships within our community.
Without Kyler’s Kicks Lounge, the majority of Kyler’s Kicks Teen Members are responsible for creating or finding their own meals on a daily basis. Through our Farm to Table Cooking Therapy, Teen Members are encouraged to expand their creativity while providing nourishment for themselves, their peers and our community. Sharing a delicious meal with others that our teens have created brings instant gratification and an immediate sense of accomplishment. During Nutrition Therapy Teen Members explore the benefits of nutritional foods for their body as well as their mental health.
Gardening is a very beneficial and natural healing therapy. Thanks to the beneficial bacteria found in soil, it can also help to improve your immune system. By providing Kyler’s Kicks Teen Members with a safe and positive space to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs for Kyler's Kicks Kitchen, we are also encouraging longer attention spans and healthy eating habits. Horticulture Therapy also creates an amazing feeling of self accomplishment while reducing Cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone in your brain that experts have shown can be reduced through gardening.
Kyler’s Kicks Lounge places extra emphasis on natural healing for our teens. Due to Medicaid and most insurance requiring teens to be placed on pharmaceuticals for an approved treatment plan for mental health services, 100% of our teen inspired therapies are funded by donations from our community. Through Kyler’s Kicks Meditation Therapy, Teen Members are able to enhance their self awareness while learning breathing techniques to relieve anxiety and stress. Massage Therapy benefits our Teen Members by releasing stress and tension and encouraging relaxation. Reiki Healing, Laughing Therapy, Healing Stones, Essential Oils and many more Natural Healing Therapies are available for Kyler’s Kicks Teen Members.
Magic is everywhere at Kyler’s Kicks Lounge. Performing Arts, Magic, Puppetry and Comedy assist our Teen Members with overcoming trauma, anxiety and depression. By encouraging real life interactions through performing arts, our teens are given a safe space to share their emotions in a positive and creative manner.
We understand the immense stress that parents/guardians endure while raising a teen with a mental health diagnosis. It is impossible to raise a teen with a mental health diagnosis without caring for your own mental health first. Parents/Guardians of Kyler’s Kicks Lounge Teen Members benefit from support groups, relaxation and coping skills, mental health education groups, and family resources for necessities or job training.
Video games and technology are an everyday part of teens lives. Kyler's Kicks Lounge, embraces technology and educates teens to utilize technology in a positive manner. Positive online presence is taught at all times at Kyler’s Kicks Lounge. Teen Members also have access to PG13 and under movies, board games, a ping pong and pool table. The Recreational Therapy Area is a safe, fun and free place for Kyler’s Kicks Lounge Teen Members to enjoy being teenagers.
Kyler’s Kicks was founded on the concept of healing through giving. This healing through giving model is mimicked throughout Kyler’s Kicks Lounge as well. All Teen Members at Kyler's Kicks Lounge are given the opportunity to volunteer with Kyler’s Kicks. Along with collecting, cleaning and giving away shoes through Kyler’s Kicks, the teens also vote quarterly on a project to become involved with in our community. Kyler’s Kicks Teen Members are currently in the process of transforming their school bus into a free food truck to feed our community.