Peace and Kindness

Embracing Diversity

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What are you doing? More than ever, kids and teens need to learn about and practice identifying and valuing difference. Embracing Diversity is an interactive activity to help children recognize and appreciate differences. Youth will explore the importance of diversity and its significance within their community. Kids will categori ze different objects and discuss how those different characteristics can be used to describe the unique qualities...

Practicing Empathy

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What are you doing? Practicing Empathy is an activity that teaches children how to build their emotional literacy and practice perspective taking, two of the core building blocks of empathy. This activity will help children to create stronger emotional connections with each other, building empathy that they can then put into practice when completing service projects. Why does it matter? Empathy is a set of skills that involves the practice of...

Friendship Bench

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What You Are Doing: The Arrowhead Kids Care Club from East Setauket, NY aspired to combat bullying and make their playground a more inclusive space. They built a Friendship Bench to encourage students to meet new people and establish meaningful friendships. Why it Matters: One out of every 4 students in the U.S. is bullied every year. [1] Youth can be bullied based on their looks, body shape, race or simply because of the way they act or the...

Birthday Boxes

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What are you doing? Help a child celebrate his/her birthday by donating birthday boxes to kids in foster care or shelters. Why does it matter? Birthday Parties are the best! Everyone deserves to be celebrated on his/her birthday. But, for the over 400,000 kids in foster care and close to 2 million kids living in shelters or on the streets in the U.S., birthdays are often forgotten [1] [2] . But you can help change that and spread a little joy to...

Making and Celebrating New Friendships

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What You Are Doing: The Community Action generationOn Service Club from New York, NY held a lunchtime event at their school to foster inclusion, create new friendships and combat bullying. Participating youth were tasked with sitting with someone new and were given thought-starters to prompt conversation. Help others feel included and make new friends by putting together a similar event! Why it Matters: One out of every 4 students in the U.S. is...
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Collective Thinking

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Too often in life, we focus on the things that are going wrong, or making us feel bad. But that doesn't have to be the case! Challenge your community to remember and reflect on the fact that the world is full of kindness, love, and compassion by holding a brainstorm to reflect on how they are making a difference in their school, community, or world, and they'll be able to see everyone else's responses!...
Peace Cranes

Peace Cranes

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Peace is a powerful value for adolescents to posess. Youth who are taught to understand peace are more likely to resolve conflicts in a constructive way, while being sensitive and respectful of each person's uniqueness. It is up to us to create peace and kindness in the world by speaking and acting responsibly! Peace cranes have become symbolic of the need for world peace because of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl from Hiroshima, Japan. Make your...

Giggle Books

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Laughter is the best medicine, so spread some cheer by making a giggle book. Put your funniest sayings, jokes, riddles and pictures into a book and donate it to a local children's hospital.

Thank-You Art

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Create a banner, poster, or other piece of art to say "thank you" to the people who serve others every day.

Inspired by Nature

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Grab some friends and make drawings or paintings of nature. Scenes of nature help people feel relaxed, happy, and can help them get better when they are sick. So don't wait another minute. Find a place that inspires you and draw it for someone else!

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