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Our Mission...
To build and expand a child's potential with out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving.

Our Management Team

Lara received her Bachelors degree in English and Communications from the Ohio State University. Prior to founding Vehicle For Change in 2005, she worked as a Project Manager for Electronic Marketing at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus Ohio.
-- Lara learned English as a second language when her family emigrated from Iceland when she was 6 years old. She understands the unique and challenging situation of speaking and learning a different language than the one that is spoken in the home.
-- Lara gained extensive experience in the classroom setting as the room mother and aid for her younger brother with Down’s Syndrome and autism. She has also been very active with the Special Olympics.

Lara Foster Executive Director

Wes is a former middle school teacher. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the Ohio State University and his teaching certificate from Ohio Dominican College. He went on to teach science at Upper Arlington, Hastings Middle School and Big Walnut Middle School in Central Ohio
-- Wes has a great understanding of students with learning disabilities as he struggled with dyslexia his entire life. Had it not been for extraordinary teachers and opportunities such as sports and other enrichment programs that allowed him to excel in different ways, he may not have made it into college.
-- He understands how to persevere through challenging situations and uses his experience to inspire and motivate.

Wesley Foster Program Director

Jason has extensive experience as a teacher and coach. Before joining the Vehicle For Change team, he was a physical education teacher and volleyball coach with Osceola County Public Schools.
Some of his accomplishments include:
-- Masters of Arts in Human Service Agency Management
-- Program Director, Central Florida YMCA
-- Developed After-School program for 120 participants per week.
-- Supervised the following departments: maintenance, fitness, childcare, youth and adult sports, aquatics, summer camp, after-school programs and specialty camps.
-- Organized over 350 youth and adult sport league teams per year.

Jason Alise Project Manager

This is what we do

KidsKode Clubs and Camps are for GIRLS and BOYS that love to use their imaginations and creativity to build, craft, program and have a blast! Our programs are designed and supervised by educators with both experience and passion for teaching STEM related concepts and principles. Better yet, we understand the importance of ENGAGING kids in learning and enabling them to not only master skills but further pursue knowledge and careers in STEM related fields. Our activities include a variety of designs and challenges to help kids explore the power of creativity and innovation.






About Vehicle For Change

Vehicle For Change is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that currently serves over 40,000 young people annually. We have been providing educational services to young people since 1999. We operate camps, outdoor education, STEM workshops, character education and school fundraisers. Our instructors are a professional group of educators dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people. Our mission is to teach principle-centered life and leadership skills and build those principles into the center of peoples lives and relationships with others. It is our strong belief that for young people to thrive academically and successfully transition into the global workplace of today (and tomorrow) they need to become more responsible, creative, and tolerant of differences. They need to increase their ability to think independently, learn how to set goals, take initiative, get along with others, and solve problems.