"... to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson



To instill in children that even small group contributions can improve the quality of life of others.  To introduce children to small group democracy and engage them through local good works, gifting and micro lending.


Kids 4 Change empowers children with the knowledge and tools necessary to act on their innate sense of compassion, to become responsible stewards of society and the environment by committing time, ideas and resources to improving the lives of those less fortunate.

Kids 4 Change teaches children about societal, political and geographic differences around the world.  We teach awareness of both man-made and natural disparities, and aim to instill an appreciation in our participants of the overall standard of living in the US and the quality of life each of our children enjoys.


Our Board

The Kids 4 Change board is an all volunteer group.  Projects are staffed by the  Directors of the Board and participating parents.

Amy G. Mayo, Co-Founder, Treasurer   Amy is a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She works primarily with families and adolescents, specializing in positive discipline to increase self-confidence and parenting skills.  She has worked in several non-profits, and currently runs her own practice.  Amy has a two children, 8 and 12. 

Kim Jones, Director    Kim has worked in cardiac surgery for over 10 years and has previous board experience with a family-centered early education program in San Francisco.  Currently, she is the marketing manager for a small wine business, two children, two dogs and flock of chickens.

Stephanie Hanepen, Director   Stephanie was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  She is an elementary school teacher with a degree in Special Education.  Before moving to California, she taught at an integrated special needs preschool and primary grades for 7 years.  In 2001 she relocated to Pacifica and taught kindergarten at the Woodland School in Portola Valley.   She now teaches first grade at Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay. Stephanie has two young children.

Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., Director  Julie is an adolescent psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her research and clinical practice focus on the timing of puberty and adolescent sexual behaviors. She taught high school in the Peace Corps in Thailand (1993-1995) and still loves to travel with her wonderful husband and two adventurous kids.

Jody Webster, Co-Founder, President  Jody worked in International Business and Marketing Consulting for over 10 years and currently runs her own children’s portrait photography business.  She has two young boys, and is thankful that her mid-life crisis gave birth to something as unique as Kids 4 Change.  Wine helps, too.


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