What We Do
In the US, 40% of children living in poverty are not prepared for elementary school
The education attained in elementary school builds the foundation for a confident and successful future.

75% of third grade students who are poor readers will likely remain poor readers in high school and will likely face more behavioral and social problems.
In the US, 21% of children are food-insecure or have limited access to nutritionally adequate foods
Malnutrition early in life has a lifelong impact. Children from food-insecure households are more likely to experience chronic health conditions, behavioral problems, and mental health issues as adults.
1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor
Young adults with mentors are 52% less likely to skip class and 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than their counterparts.

Charley Shin, Founder of Charleys Kids®

Letter from Charley

Kids become great when they know they are highly valued by someone. Someone who can sympathize with a young girl who falls and scrapes her knee in Pomona, California, or someone to celebrate with a boy when he scores a goal in the community’s makeshift soccer tournament in Arequipa, Peru.

We have met so many kids and our take away is this: their situation is not reflective of their potential. Thank you so much for the work you do, the work you’re doing, your support, and your contributions. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children.

Charleys Combo Program

20 cents from every Combo Meal purchased at participating Charleys Philly Steaks® locations is donated to Charleys Kids

About Us

While visiting Peru for the first time in 2007, Charley Shin encountered many young children not attending school and living in poverty. Profoundly moved by their situation, he wanted to make difference in their lives that would meet their immediate needs and position them for a more promising future. In 2010, he established Charleys Kids® to share hope.
Charleys Kids® supports local and worldwide organizations that effectively address the need of the kids in their region:


We partner with 501(c)(3) organizations with powerful local children’s programs. Many of our partner programs are spearheaded by passionate community members and sustained by volunteers of all ages, businessmen and women, college students, and the list goes on. We love how our partners meaningfully engage the entire community to work together to tackle the issues at hand. We support programs that provide educational resources, food, and/or mentorship. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of the children.

Become a Partner

We award one-year grants to organizations that align with our vision to share hope.

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We give back to
our communities

in-kind donors


Even though Charleys Philly Steaks® is our primary corporate partner, Charleys Kids® also relies on the joint efforts and generosity of the community. Thank you for your support.


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