Homelessness and Poverty

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
generationOn Collective Thinking Project Guide

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

Coloring Care: Coloring books for children without homes

We have all seen homeless people on city streets. Did you know almost half of homeless people are part of homeless families? The families are not able to pay for housing, food, childcare, healthcare, and education. Due to the difficulties, homeless children are likely to be ashamed, depressed, and often feel hopeless socially, emotionally, and academically. We all go through tough times in our lives. Help brighten the day of some homeless...Read more
Be My Valentine Kits - service projects for kids

Be My Valentine Kits

This year, help others make cards for those their loved ones! Make Be My Valentine Kits to provide other kids with the resources they need to make cards to give away. Help empower kids in need to spread the love to the cared ones in their lives by providing craft materials and instructions. Follow the instructions below! If you'd like to make cards yourself to give away, get instructions for our Valentine's Day Care Cards project here.Read more
Valentine's Day service projects for kids

Valentine's Day Care Cards

Spread the love in your community this Valentine's Day! Help people in your area have a cheerful holiday by creating caring cards for local seniors, veterans, first responders, or kids and families at a nearby homeless shelter. If you're interested in providing other kids with the resources they need to make cards for their loved ones, get instructions for our Be My Valentine Kits project here.Read more

Holiday Hope Chests

Imagine living in a homeless shelter and not getting any gifts on the holidays because your family can't afford them. Children of all ages can help assemble a Holiday Hope Chest to give to a homeless child and brighten their holiday!Read more

BookShare Box Libraries!

Do you love to read a great book? Many children from low-income families don't have access to books to read! It is known that if children to do not learn to read by third grade, they will experience great difficulty when challenged to "read to learn" throughout the rest of their education.Read more

Spread the Bread

Honor the spirit of giving that followed 9/11, and "bake a difference." Help provide basic food and messages of hope to those who are in need or an EMT worker, firefighter, or police officer.Read more

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