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Kia Accelerates its 'Good Program' to Support Homeless Youth During Corona Crisis

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David&Goliath launches new film supporting brand's $1 million donation for homeless youth in fight against Covid-19

Kia Accelerates its 'Good Program' to Support Homeless Youth During Corona Crisis

Amidst this unprecedented global crisis, as millions are confined to their homes, there is another sizeable population of citizens who do not have a home to go to. It’s the 4.2 million homeless youth in the US who are seeking much needed shelter and care and help to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

As part of Kia Motor’s recently launched 'Accelerate The Good Program', the brand will make a total donation of $1 million to multiple non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide including Covenant House and StandUp for Kids. This is the brand’s second, seven-figure donation in 2020 to nonprofits dedicated to ending youth homelessness, the first when they launched the 'Yards Against Homelessness' initiative during the Super Bowl, featuring Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who grew up homeless.

Kia’s continued commitment towards homeless youth comes at a critical time when life-saving measures like Shelter At Home, washing hands and wearing protective clothing like masks and gloves is immensely challenging for those without roofs over their heads. 

“Kia has always stood for the little guy, a challenger brand with an unstoppable spirit that knows it can achieve anything when it gives it everything,” said David Angelo, founder and creative chairman of David&Goliath. “Rooted in its brand ethos, ‘Give It Everything,’ Kia consistently gives back in meaningful ways. Its response to this pandemic is nothing short of inspirational and demonstrates not only their empathy and authentic brand purpose, but also their relentless commitment to helping homeless youth who are certainly most terrified today as they navigate through this global crisis.” 

Created by Kia’s agency of record, David&Goliath (D&G), the 'Accelerate The Good Program' launches with a moving 30-second spot titled 'Fighting Chance' which will go live nationally on both network and cable channels later this week. 

The spot emphasises the plight of so many homeless youth across the country at this critical moment in history. It opens with a voice-over which poses an agonising question: “How do you shelter-in-place when your home is the sidewalk?” The film – which uses existing footage – shows the story of a young homeless boy as he takes us on a journey along the tough streets he lives on. Finally, as it announces the $1 million donation, the film makes a final plea to viewers: “...we’re all in this together. And everyone deserves a fighting chance.” 

D&G and Kia made the decision to not include any vehicles in this message and instead focus on the very real struggle of an already-challenged group during these times.

Other elements of the 'Accelerate The Good Program' campaign include one 15-second cutdown and 6-second social media content, as well as online banners and social posts. 

Give It Everything Brand Purpose

Over the past 14 months, the foundation of Kia’s purpose-driven positioning, 'Give It Everything', have been laid. Firstly, with 'The Great Unknowns Scholarship' which financially aided underprivileged students (launched Super Bowl 2019), and followed up by the highly-impactful 'Yards Against Homelessness' initiative which launched at this year’s Super Bowl with an ad featuring Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who grew up homeless.

And now, the 'Accelerate The Good Program' puts Kia’s 'Give It Everything' commitment into further action, by giving to those who may be significantly overlooked.

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Founder & Chairman: David Angelo

President: Yumi Prentice

Chief Strategy Officer: Laura Forman

Executive Creative Director/Copywriter: Mark Koelfgen

Group Creative Director/Art Director: Frauke Tiemann

Group Creative Director/Art Director: John O’Hea

Group Creative Director/Copywriter: Steve Clarke

Creative Director/Art Director: Stephanie Kohnen

Creative Director/Copywriter: Tiffany Smith

Creative Director/Copywriter: Chris Pouy

Associate Creative Director/Art Director: Bernice Chao

Associate Creative Director/Art Director: Bennett Austin

Associate Creative Director/Copywriter: Nick Micale

Managing Director, Broadcast Production: Paul Albanese

Executive Producer: Christopher Coleman

Director of Business Affairs: Natasha Royzina

Senior Business Affairs Manager: Yenia Paez

Business Affairs Manager: Marlon Pineda

Associate Business Affairs Manager: Amy Santana

Group Strategy Director: Donesh Olyaie

Senior Strategist: Jasmine Spraglin

Junior Strategist : Beka Tesfaye

Communications Planning Director: Jeff Cannata

Associate Communications Planning Director: Natalie Gomez

Analytics Director: Taylor Grant

Associate Director of Project Management: Genie Lara

Senior Project Manager: Mike Antonellis

Senior Project Manager: Donna Alexander

Senior Project Manager: Paul Stephens

Junior Project Manager: Anna Carnochan

Managing Director: Jeff Moohr

Account Director: Jay Mattingly

Management Supervisor: Kylie Lemasters

Account Coordinator: Nick Janner

Account Director: Candace Logan

Management Supervisor: Christine Phillips

Assistant Account Executive : Jillian Littleton

Managing Director, Integrated Production & Technology Services: Peter Bassett

Justine Kleeman Executive Digital Producer
Meagan Steinkamp Digital Designer
Kurtis Mirick Digital Designer
Sarah Masket Management Supervisor, Digital
Britney Bencomo Assistant Account Executive, Digital

Production Company: Spinach

Directors: John O’Hea & Steve Clarke

Executive Producers : Adam Bright & Jonathan Carpio

Director of Photography: Juan Pablo Digenio

Editorial Company: Spinach, LA

Editor/Managing Director: Adam Bright

Assistant Editor: Jay Lee

Executive Producer: Jonathan Carpio

Post Producer: Patricia Gushikuma


VFX Company: A52

Executive Producer: Patrick Nugent

Producer: Drew Rissman

VFX Supervisor: Hugh Seville


Mix: Eleven Sound

Mixer: Jeff Payne

Executive Producer: Melissa Elston


Music: SOUTH Music

Managing Partner: Britt Fredensburg

Executive Producer: Ann Haugen

Producer: Ignacio Zas

Composer: Eric Plust/Jon Darling

Creative Director: Dan Pritikin/Matt Drenik

Genres: Storytelling

Categories: Automotive, Cars

David & Goliath, Tue, 14 Apr 2020 17:24:34 GMT