About Us

KEEN is a volunteer-led, nonprofit — 501(c)(3) — organization headquartered in the Washington, DC area. KEEN USA’s Board of Directors oversees affiliate operations and charts national initiatives. Each affiliate also has a Board of Directors, comprised of parents, volunteers and members of the community who direct all local activities in accordance with KEEN‘s mission of providing free progrmas for kids with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of that disability.

KEEN is modeled on an innovative program established in Oxford, England by Elliott Portnoy, who brought KEEN to the Washington, DC area in 1992. With his wife, Estee Portnoy, and help from a handful of parents and volunteers, KEEN started as a single program. Twenty years later, because of our unique approach of individualized, one-to-one, noncompetitive progaming, KEEN has expanded into seven markets across the nation, serving over a thousand young people with disabilities and touching the lives of tens of thousands of volunteers.

KEEN operates programs in the following 7 cities:

KEEN Chicago
KEEN Greater DC
KEEN Los Angeles
KEEN New York
KEEN Phoenix
KEEN San Francisco
KEEN St. Louis