Literacy

Practicing Empathy

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...Read more

Living History

What You Are Doing Interview a senior citizen, veteran, or grandparent about their role in wars, and help document their lives and stories for future generations. Why it matters! Life looked very different for people who are now senior citizens. Some of these people were born during, or even fought in, World War 2, The Korean War, The VietnamWar, the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. While history books can tell us the outcomes of these wars,...Read more

Embracing Diversity

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...Read more

Practicing Empathy

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...Read more

Friendship Bench

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...Read more

Literacy Game Night

This project was inspired by the Youth for Literacy generationOn Club of Redwood City, CA who hosted a game night at their local library! Your group can host a game night too, and help non-native speakers practice their vocabulary and grammar skills. There are 311 languages spoken in the U.S. and an estimated 7,000 different languages spoken around the world! [1] In 2013, nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. spoke a language other than English. [2]...Read more

DIY Games Using Recycled Materials

The ZERA'IM WIZO Bogota Bnei Mitzva Kids Care Club from Bogota, Colombia used recycled items to make educational materials for a local school. They used magazine cut-outs to make flashcards, egg cartons to make counting games and old fabric samples to teach young children their colors. You can help younger kids learn too by making educational tools and games from recyclable materials and donating them to a local pre-school or community center!...Read more

10 Project Ideas from the Field: Education and Literacy

"We created an educational exhibit at our local museum that included activities to help community members learn about measurement of time, money, distance, weather and weight in a fun and interactive way!" -Ateam generationOn Club from Crawforsville, IN "Our Club sorted and packaged 4,500 box tops for a local school. The school secretary was so relieved to pass the project off to the Club and all were excited when the school later received $400...Read more

Adult Literacy Supply Drive

When we think of literacy and education in the United States, it is easy to focus on how these issues affect children. Today, 93 million American adults have basic or below-basic literacy and 30 million are functionally illiterate, meaning that they read below a 5 th grade level. Others are working to complete the GED (the high school diploma equivalency exam) and need school supplies to help their studies. Hold a supply drive to benefit a local...Read more

Help students in need get ready for school: School supply boxes

Each school year, students and their caregivers prepare for the start of school by buying lots of supplies. These supplies can end up costing lots of money. For families struggling with money, it may not be possible to afford the needed supplies. This could leave the students unprepared to start school and learn. It's Back to School time! Pencils...glue sticks...erasers...scissors...crayons... Collect some supplies and help a friend start the...Read more

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