15 Call for Kindness winners will receive up to $3000 each to fund their teen-led project. They will join others from across the country in the Riley’s Way Kind Leadership Series, comprising mentorship, professional development, and peer-learning. 
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Sharing our Stories

2020 has been an exciting decade for Riley's Way so far, and it's just the beginning! We launched our 2nd annual Call for Kindness contest; were featured in Psychology Today (below), multiple news articles and a TV interview; launched a partnership with the Sincerely Hueman podcast to feature our student voices; and our Councils hosted a school assembly to draw attention to the plight of women who are impacted by incarceration. Read more about our exciting work below.

Riley's Way Celebrates Black History Month

For Black History Month we are honoring the modern history being made by youth across the country as they continue a legacy of fighting for civil rights and making communities a better place for everyone. 

So far, we have spotlighted the Teens Take Charge youth organizers, #1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias, and Project I Am creator Jahkil Jackson. Their work includes advocating for more equitable schools, increasing representation in school literature, and raising awareness of homelessness. Follow us on social media to see who we spotlight this week!

Calling all Teens: Join the Call!

In a new year and decade, in a country divided, Riley’s Way Foundation challenges U.S. teens, 13 to 19, to apply for grants to bring more kindness into the world. The Call for Kindness provides an opportunity for young people to dream big, and receive thousands of dollars to implement ideas to make the world better. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020; contact us to find out how to be a Call for Kindness Sponsor!

Our 2019 winners have had an incredible impact and have reached over 30,000 people so far!
  • Sonika and Rinna from The Birthday Giving Program gave out over 1,500 birthday bags expanding chapters in IL, CA, TN, FL
  • Eman from Purple America hosted 22 political discussion groups including new chapters in Atlanta and Wyoming
  • Hannah helped grow Womaze to over 30,000 subscribers
  • Sophie and Grow Healthy worked with 85 youth volunteers
  • Matthew has served 1,000 meals to LGBTQ+ teens who are effected by homelessness
  • Shaylee grew We Dine Together to 60 people and is working to provide programming to 2500 students schoolwide!
"Using the grant from Riley's Way, I was able to organize two career events to impact over 40 students in my community. Thanks to Riley's Way Foundation, students in my community had the chance to connect with and learn from professionals in the tech industry through career panels and workshops."  - Crystal Chan, SPACE 4 US, 2019 Call for Kindness Winner 

Riley's Way Councils: Amplifying Voices

Each year, our Riley’s Way Councils work on an empathy-based social justice project in their community. The Nightingale Bamford School + TYWLS East Harlem Council has partnered with the organization Circles of Support for the third year in a row to build connections and relationships with women who have been impacted by incarceration. In February, Council members moderated an assembly at the Nightingale Bamford School with Circles of Support to more widely share the personal stories of formerly incarcerated women. The Council is planning a similar assembly at TYWLS East Harlem and supporting the #kNOwjusticeharlem Youth Summit on May 20th to focus on youth impacted by incarceration. 

Read more about Riley's Way Council member Arianna's experience hearing from one of the staff of Circles of Support here"As the meeting progressed, it became clearer to me that everyone in the room believed empathy and kindness are two values that we hold near and dear to ourselves. By focusing on the issue of mass incarceration, we are driving change by using some of our most cherished values."

Student Stories

The Sincerely, Hueman podcast is featuring eight short segments called Kindness Calling, where you hear directly from some of the teens of Riley's Way. Listen each week to hear more about the impact we are having from teens across the US through the Call for Kindness, our Riley's Way Councils and Youth Leadership Retreat. Click on their pictures below to hear some of their stories, and stay tuned for more to come!
Shaylee and Wynter from We Dine Together, 2019 Call for Kindness Winners. Hear the full interview here (starts at the 14:45 mark). 
Luis and Andrea from Youth Over Guns, 2019 Call for Kindness Winners. Hear the full interview here (starts at the 15:15 mark).
Thank you for being part of the Riley's Way community and for all you do to support our important work.

The Riley’s Way Team 

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