Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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

Birthday Boxes

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...Read more

Thoughts for a Peaceful Future

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! In the wake of the recent events in Orlando, we 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 what these concepts mean.Read more

Caring Cards for Orlando

In light of recent events in Orlando and other parts of the world, it is important for young people to turn their caring and empathy into compassionate acts. One way to do this is through letting kids who have experienced difficult times know that other kids and teens care about and are thinking of them. Our Points of Light affiliate, HandsOn Orlando, is willing to receive "caring cards" and distribute them to those affected by the tragedy in...Read more

Make Every Vote Count

There are over 44.7 million senior citizens in the US and their opinions matter, especially on issues that affect them, like Social Security and Medicare. Organize your friends or family and help register seniors in your community to vote for important issues that directly impact them...Read more
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Collective Thinking

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!Read more

JOIN HANDS DAY

Participate in National JOIN HANDS DAY on the first Saturday of May. This national day of service brings youth and adults together to plan, organize and implement community projects. These intergenerational projects build relationships that create confidence, trust and respect for people of all ages. To celebrate this day of service, bring together diverse communities to hold a community yard sale. Donate the proceeds to a worthy cause of your...Read more

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