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  • Kids that have dropped out

The Problem

“When you’re released from prison with your first felony and you have no education, you have no sense of self-worth, never worked a legal day in your life, you don’t have a good address and you have the “Scarlet Letter” of the detention center on your back… you’re not getting a job… you’re not getting an apartment… you’re not getting all those essential things that folks without a felony take for granted.”
So when you’re released into that scenario… how do you survive?
When you can’t get access to a legal way of making a living and you’ve been surrounded from birth by folks working the system to take every handout, and/or commit crime to provide their living… when your choice of housing is in slum, ran by a slum lord who comes once a week to collect the $100 dollar rent and if you cant pay, kicks in your door and tosses your belongings on the street…
… when you’re taught the “family trade”, when the only one in your neighborhood with money in their pocket is the drug-dealer, the pimps, the thieves, the fences, the forgers…
… it is going to take strength to stand up to the family and friends and say, “I don’t need that. I can take care of myself.” But then you’re battling everything you been taught all your life… how to use the system… and take… how to use the people around you… and take… how to use the people who are trying to help you… and take.

The Solution

I have shown for 25 years how you take a person who has only been trained to hold their hand out and teach them… empower them.. show them that they have that energy and ability to take care of themselves. There is no one out there who can’t go to work.
Taking young men and women, that have never been shown how to make a legal living and raising them… by the time they are 20 or 30 years old, do you really think they’re ever going to get it? No… they’re going, for the rest of their life’s, to be holding their hand out… we’re creating a giant problem.
We need to empower, instead of beat down and punish… educate and train instead of  belittle and degrade. Create a system that doesn’t class people as expendable. Right now, we do deem the bottom 20% of our society as expendable… it’s always been that way… it’s disgusting… those are the ones who need us the most… they are the ones that cost us the most money by having to provide for them when they don’t work… they’re the ones that could help us most… they are an underutilized resource.
We’ve ran 19 young people through our empower and re-entry program… every one of them was on the path to become career criminals, that would have cost us $40,000 to $50,000 a year in a small community, $70,000 to $80,000 a year in a larger community to lock them up… and all that gets us is the ability to spend that or more next year.
Rupert’s Kids spends $5,000 to $10,000 per person, empowering and teaching that person to take care of themselves and save our communities $30,000 to $70,000 a year, and fill that person with self-worth and work-ethics that help keep them from committing further crimes.

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Our Latest Tweets

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Here’s our latest posts…
3 days ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Congrats to Julia Hamblen, who won our Duck Hunt King of Arcade qualifier! Get this - so far the finals feature a father and son...two best friends...and Julia and her brother! This could get VERY interesting!

Just a few slots left in the tournament, with another qualifier this Saturday in air hockey! Remember the winner of the King of Arcade final wins a free arcade machine!

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4 days ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Christmas Comes Early! Pinball now included with your paid admission at Rupert's!

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4 days ago
Rupert's Kids

Live from the 13th Tuxes and Tennies. Learn more at RupertsKids.org.

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5 days ago

Live from the 13th Tuxes and Tennies. Learn more at RupertsKids.org.

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5 days ago

Enjoying fun and excited about the turnout for our 13th Tuxes and Tennies!

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1 week ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Christmas Comes Early! Pinball now included with your paid admission at Rupert's!

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1 week ago

There are still tickets left for this year's Tuxes and Tennies. If you can't make it, we ask you to PLEASE make a donation. You can hit the "Donate" button here on Facebook and it will take tou over to our secure donation page at rupertskids.org.

The details for the event are on our Facebook page, but the easiest way to find out details and buy tickets in one place, is to visit our Eventbrite page for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/13th-annual-tuxes-tennies-tickets-38754156726

Sincerest Thanks from all of us at Rupert's Kids!

(PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!! VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP US SPREAD THE WORD. THANKS!)

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2 weeks ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Iron Man Pinball Tourney This Saturday! Plus Free Pinball Thursday this week! Come join the fun!

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2 weeks ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

You wanted more Pinball? You got it!

More pins added to the line up and three more arcade games too!!!

And don't forget - we offer FREE PINBALL every Thursday night with your paid admission!

Come join the fun!!

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3 weeks ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Join the fun at our Out Run 2 tourney Saturday! Help a great cause and win prizes racing your friends and family head to head in our awesome sit down driving machines!

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3 weeks ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Can't wait to open up Rupert's Kids Arcade today for our inaugural Halloween costume contest, judged by Rupert himself! Come out and meet him! Plus Scary Fun at Rupert's continues in the King of Arcade contest! Come join the fun!

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1 month ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Did you know there is a Tetris arcade machine...and that we now have one? Join the fun this weekend and battle your friends head to head!

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1 month ago
Ruperts Kids Gutter Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHsH7R0h1M

Rupert’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that stems directly from the vision of Rupert Boneham, four-time Survivor participant and lifetime philan...

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1 month ago
13th Annual Rupert's Kids Tuxes & Tennies Fundraiser

13th Annual Tuxes & Tennies
November 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$45.00 – $500.00

Shelby County Fair Grounds – Family Arts Building
500 Frank Street
Shelbyville, IN. 46176

Save the date for an evening of food, fun, and games!
Wear your “dressed up” clothes… but be super comfy in your tennies.

This the most important fund-raiser we have every year and it’s truly important and central to keeping us doing the work we do in the community. We want you to come and have fun with Rupert and Laura and realize every dollar you spend is going to continue Rupert’s Kids for another year. You’s get a great meal, have fun playing games and hang out with Rupert and Laura in a very personal way..And while you’re having fun, you’ll be contributing to a great cause.

Life is good! Be you… give back!
Please join us!

5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cocktails at 5:30… Dinner at 6:00

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1 month ago
13th Annual Rupert's Kids Tuxes & Tennies Fundraiser

13th Annual Tuxes & Tennies
November 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$45.00 – $500.00

Shelby County Fair Grounds – Family Arts Building
500 Frank Street
Shelbyville, IN. 46176

Save the date for an evening of food, fun, and games!
Wear your “dressed up” clothes… but be super comfy in your tennies.

This the most important fund-raiser we have every year and it’s truly important and central to keeping us doing the work we do in the community. We want you to come and have fun with Rupert and Laura and realize every dollar you spend is going to continue Rupert’s Kids for another year. You’s get a great meal, have fun playing games and hang out with Rupert and Laura in a very personal way..And while you’re having fun, you’ll be contributing to a great cause.

Life is good! Be you… give back!
Please join us!

5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cocktails at 5:30… Dinner at 6:00

13th Annual Tuxes & Tennies
November 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$45.00 – $500.00

Shelby County Fair Grounds – Family Arts Building
500 Frank Street
Shelbyville, IN. 46176

Save the date for an evening of food, fun, and games!
Wear your “dressed up” clothes… but be super comfy in your tennies.

This the most important fund-raiser we have every year and it’s truly important and central to keeping us doing the work we do in the community. We want you to come and have fun with Rupert and Laura and realize every dollar you spend is going to continue Rupert’s Kids for another year. You’s get a great meal, have fun playing games and hang out with Rupert and Laura in a very personal way..And while you’re having fun, you’ll be contributing to a great cause.

Life is good! Be you… give back!
Please join us!

5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cocktails at 5:30… Dinner at 6:00

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1 month ago
Stillwell Manor - Haunted House Event for Rupert's Kids

Thursday October 12th we are excited to announce that Stillwell Manor Haunted Houses and Rupert's Kids are pairing up to raise money for Rupert's Kids. 50% of all money taken in will go directly to Rupert's Kids. We will be open from 7:30-10. Come out, join Rupert and support our cause. Tickets are $20 for this event.

Thursday October 12th we are excited to announce that Stillwell Manor Haunted Houses and Rupert's Kids are pairing up to raise money for Rupert's Kids. 50% of all money taken in will go directly to Rupert's Kids. We will be open from 7:30-10. Come out, join Rupert and support our cause. Tickets are $20 for this event.

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1 month ago
Stillwell Manor

Rupert will be at Stillwell Manor, taking on ghosts & ghouls for Rupert's Kids. Join Rupert in Anderson Oct. 12th for some Halloween scary fun!

Next Thursday October 12th we are excited to announce that we are pairing up with Rupert's Kids to give back to this outstanding foundation. 50% of all money taken in will go directly to Rupert's Kids. We will be open from 7:30-10. Come out and support this wonderful organization that helps out Central Indiana so much. Tickets are $20 for this event.

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1 month ago
Rupert's Kids Arcade

Congrats to Jerry Likens, who won the Atari 2600 Pac-Man tourney today! He bested his son who had the audacity to call him an OLD MAN right before they started playing. That's it, Jerry. Teach these kids some manners!

We are open tomorrow as well for more fun, and the Scary Fun continues next Saturday in the King of Arcade tournament as we put on our super hero costumes (figuratively, though if you want to dress up be our guest!) to battle in Batman Forever pinball. Winner there goes directly to the finals and a chance to win a free arcade machine!

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1 month ago
Photos from Rupert's Kids's post

Arrrrrggg Everybody!!!

Just a reminder... The Celebrity Challenge happens this Tuesday Oct. 10th. It’s time for me to invite my friends, family and fans to text the letters CB to 41444.

You can also go to bit.ly/celeb-vote, and vote for me as your favorite celebrity chef and donate.

All proceeds will support the children’s shelter at 16th and MLK Streets.

This year's event is SOLD OUT! So, even though you perhaps can't attend the event, we're sincerely hoping you will still make a donation to this great cause.

Thank you for all your continuing support.

Rupert

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