UAW-Ford will donate and deliver 50,000 Child ID Kits to students of Detroit Public Schools Community District in an effort to keep local youth safe.
Each student will receive a free kit on DPSCD’s official Count Day on Wed., Oct. 4.
The kit is part of the National Child Identification Program, which equips parents and guardians with the resources needed in the event of a missing child. The program was created in response to the alarming statistics that every 40 seconds a child goes missing.
“It is my prayer that no parent ever lives this nightmare, but we must face real and ugly issues like this head-on,” said UAW-Ford Vice President, Jimmy Settles. “As a show of solidarity, UAW-Ford is proud to help offer a needed resource.”
Each kit will include documents for two children, such as: two inkless fingerprint cards, two DNA collection swabs and two activator cards. After collecting the samples and completing the activator card with the child’s information, parents/guardians can store the kit for safe keeping. If needed, it can be delivered to authorities to help track the missing child.
“We appreciate the support of UAW-Ford and our partnership,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “Incentives such as the I.D. Kit help us to engage families and students on Count Day and provides another platform for us to stress the importance of consistent attendance every day in school.”
The National Child Identification Program was created by the American Football Coaches Association in conjunction with the FBI. In 2013, UAW-Ford joined forces with this national effort.
Established in 1941, UAW-Ford has a rich history of fighting for its members and the communities in which they live, work and play. Whether it is workers’ rights, youth development, community giving, offering skilled trades and/or educational training, UAW-Ford is committed to providing opportunities that secure both economic and social stability for the American workers and their families. Improving the quality of life is among UAW-Ford’s chief principles and serves as a benchmark for how labor rights are addressed in the 21st Century. Its members help to build the strong cars that drive America, which not only reinforces a solid economy and workforce, but also helps to build strong communities nationwide.