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In order to continue serving the children of our community, AOK needs money for utilities, insurance and salaries.

Youth Development Services

About Our Kids Youth Development Services, Inc, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to teaching lifelong skills to youth in Barton County, Missouri, that will help them make healthy choices and develop into healthy adults.

Welcome to our website. Let us share our vision and experiences with you. Maybe we can get together and exchange ideas. After all, it really is About Our Kids.


AOK partners with Ozarks Food Harvest, the Good Samaritan and local volunteers to provide healthy balanced snacks and meals.

Menus comply with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Each snack includes two of the following components:

  •         – 1 eight ounce serving of 1% milk or
  •         – 6.75 ounces of 100% fruit juice or
  •         – 1 serving of grain or protein

Each meal includes:

  •         – 1 eight ounce serving of 1% milk,
  •         – 2 vegetables OR 1 fruit and
  •         – 1 vegetable (3/4 cup each)
  •         – 1 two ounce serving of protein and
  •         – 1 serving of grain equal to
  •         – one slice of bread


Community Involvement
Community Involvement

Community involvement is essential for success of any youth program and our efforts are generously supported by individuals and businesses in Barton County.

About Our Kids began in 1999 as a grassroots effort to establish child care for school-age children while school was out for the summer. According to Kids Count in Missouri, 2000, there were 600 children under the age of 12 in the Lamar School district alone and the licensed childcare capacity in all of Barton County was 181.

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We Help The Youth

We're dedicated to teaching lifelong skills to youth in Barton County, Missouri, that will help them make healthy choices and develop into healthy adults.

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  • Power Tools

    AOK has an exciting range of educational programs and services designed to connect to today’s teens, tackle the needs of parents/caregivers and supply training to educators, youth development leaders and health professionals.

  • How We Provide

    Support from people just like you enables AOK to care for children daily. Every donation is used to benefit the youth of Barton County.

  • Who We Serve

    About Our Kids Youth Development Services, Inc. provides services to youth in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Many programs are offered for free or can be arranged to meet the needs of the family’s income.

Some of our Blog Posts

  • VolunTeens Backpack Snack Attack Program

    “Food security” means having access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Are you aware that there are families in Barton County who do not enjoy food security? The VolunTeens at About Our Kids not only are aware of this, but they decided to do something about it as well. The […]

  • You Can Help AOK By Sharing Our Posts On Facebook

    If you have seen our recent blog posts, then you already know that the youth at About Our Kids (AOK) have been up to some pretty exciting activities lately. In addition to the usual after school activities of completing homework, games and classes, the youth have also been actively involved in service projects including Meals […]

  • Delivering Meals on Wheels

    Here at About Our Kids, we could not be prouder of our youth. When other kids are sitting at home or out roaming the streets, our youth are participating in several supervised service learning projects all throughout the community. Not only do our youth happily help others, but they also frequently come up with the […]