Rupert’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization stemming directly from the vision of America’s Favorite Survivor and lifetime philanthropist and youth mentor, Rupert Boneham. Rupert’s Kids is dedicated to serving an easily overlooked population of youth: those that have become too old for the youth social service system, but are not old enough for the adult social service system. Program participants are taught valuable skills and trades, while empowering them to discover their inner strengths, passions, and interests.
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Rupert’s Kids’ mission is to empower youth to discover their inner strengths, realize their own self worth, and recognize their value to society.
- Provide mentoring and educational programming to at-risk youth in our communities
- Foster community partnerships, which serve youth and families
- Facilitate delivery of financial assistance and/or services to youth, in the areas of education, vocational training and job placement
- Develop committed volunteers and donors to provide resources of time, money and property
Indianapolis-based Rupert’s Kids serves youth, typically ages 18-24, who have received intensive services in nearly every social service system in the region. Because these young men and women are unable to achieve and sustain stable housing and employment, most return to situations that originally led to the challenges they currently face. Through programs such as the Indy Parks Program, Rupert’s Kids participants learn skills and values that will lead them towards stability in their lives, their employment and relationships.
Often referred to as television’s favorite Survivor, Rupert Boneham is an entrepreneur with a professional focus and a strong passion to support the community and individuals in need.
In 2004, after working in the Mental Health Field for over 20 years, Rupert founded Rupert’s Kids, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, vocational training and job placement to young ex-offenders. When he won the million dollar prize for Survivor fan favorite that same year, he donated $177,000 to his community, plus $100,000 to fund Rupert’s Kids. Taking no government handouts, Rupert’s Kids has shown how Corporate America and private donors can support a charitable program and build a better community for us all.
Rupert ran for governor of Indiana in the 2012 election as a libertarian, making Indiana history by receiving the highest vote total of any third party candidate. He focused on many issues during his campaign and in the debates, spreading awareness about some of the most costly problems in our detention centers, correctional facilities, and education system.
To this day, Rupert is committed to raising funds and awareness for these issues through nationwide appearances and speaking engagements.
Throughout his career, Rupert has worked with several charities and hundreds of clients, and has always focused on improving the lives of youth. As his organization continues to evolve, he plans to become more active in local and national projects that can benefit communities and improve the quality of life for all.
Rupert’s book, Rupert, Just Being Me, was published in 2006. The memoir continues to inspire readers with his interesting and insightful life stories. He resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and daughter.