“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito." -- Betty Reese 

Project Overview

At the kick off each new project, children research and learn about distinctive social, economic, political and health-related characteristics {and inequities} around the world and within their own communities, ranging from the fallout of natural disasters to the consequences of social and political events.

In choosing their projects as a group, children in Kids 4 Change experience first-hand the nuances of working within a democratic decision-making process (including anonymous voting), and the value of working as a team and supporting one another to achieve a common goal.   

By creating a fund of their own, they learn how to earn, raise, invest, manage, share and track money and the importance of following up on commitments.  

Throughout the process of researching and choosing recipients of the funds, children will come to appreciate their own quality of life and standard of living compared to other regions and communities around the globe.

Recognition and gratitude toward the children at the end of each project will instill in them the sense of accomplishment, reward and pride that comes from helping others.

And we have fun!!

Big changes come in small packages!- Hudson, Age 7

The Project Cycle

Kids 4 Change projects will take place two to four times a year. During each project, participants will follow an operational cycle as follows:

  1. Choose the charity and lending target
  2. Choose a  fundraising mechanism & service project
  3. Perform the outreach, participate in service, target potential donors and speak about the organization and mission
  4. Track, recognize, reinvest

Age Appropriate Decision Making

As children’s understanding of the process grows over time, they will be able to make more decisions on their own and research projects more in depth.   The organization, therefore, will develop age-appropriate assistance guidelines and tools for raising and distributing funds.  For instance:

Grades K- 2 will be presented for each project with a list of 2-5 giving and service options for each fundraising effort, service effort, charitable donation and micro-lending project.  Children may add other ideas of their own to the list.  The only stipulation to these projects is that they must have communication materials available (letters, photos, website, video or in-person visiting opportunities), in order for the children to see the results of their efforts first-hand.

Grades 3-5  will be presented with 1-2 ideas, as above, and they may add additional ideas to their list.

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