MILWAUKEE (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- Hundreds of students from Milwaukee received a new pair of shoes just in time for the start of the school year.

President of Kicks for Kids Jacarrie Carr started the shoe drive six years ago.

“I don’t believe that kids should have to go through struggles or poverty, so I believe every kid should have a fair chance at life," said Carr. "So far we’ve been able to give away more than 5,500 pairs of shoes.”  

Kicks For Kids empowers Milwaukee’s underprivileged youth by providing them with resources and workshops that helps them survive in a world that’s constantly changing. The program began with giving refurbished shoes to underprivileged youth so they could focus on their education and not have to worry.

The startup has now evolved to a resource center for youth ages 10 to 18. The resource center gives youth a chance to play sports, do arts and crafts, and most importantly, attend workshops that helps them increase their self-esteem. If you are interested in helping, you can reach Carr via email at