Project: Kids Care HHH
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY
I started a local chapter of Kids Care Clubs called Kids Care HHH. Together with the many members of Kids Care HHH I have organized various service projects. Some projects consist of cleaning local parks, organizing a fashion show to raise money for a day camp for children with cancer, cooking snacks for residents at the Ronald McDonald House and many more.
Special training or skills needed:
How to hold on to members:
Now that I have entered high school, I am facing an unforeseen obstacle. Although it has always been a challenge to be a leader of my peers, instructing them and guiding them during all of our various projects these past few years, as our freshman year progressed, my friends become increasingly busy with numerous other commitments and it has become increasingly harder for them to make time for Kids Care HHH meetings and projects. I had to come up with a way to either get the 9th graders more involved or expand Kids Care HHH to younger kids. I decided the best idea was to recruit younger kids, furthering the initial mission of Kids Care and empower the 9th graders to become mentors to them.
Tip: Create leadership
positions for others.
Helpful people and orgs:
Kids Care Clubs really helped to get my club started. They provided us with monthly themes to base our projects around. This was helpful in the beginning because we had a hard time deciding on one project to do.
How to reach out to other orgs:
Kids Care Clubs offered helpful hints through their website and emails.
I use the Internet a lot to research needs in my community as well as possible projects Kids Care HHH can organize.
Word to the wise:
Involve your friends in any type of service project. The projects will become more fun for you and your friends will learn about giving back as well.
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How to jump on the movement:
Check out the Kids Care Club website for more information on how to start a club or participate in one (for kids of any age!).
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