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We Called, They Answered

Join us in welcoming the 2020 Call for Kindness Fellows!


On May 6th, we celebrated 22 new Call for Kindness winning projects and announced three continuation grants from the inaugural 2019 class. Last year’s class reached over 35,000 people around the world; we hope to have an even greater impact this year!

The virtual celebration had nearly 100 participants (picture above), from California to New York. The day was made even more special as it would have been Riley’s 15th birthday. 

There were so many incredible applicants this year. The 2020 Call for Kindness winners are a diverse group and represent a range of interests and ages (from lunches to literacy; ages 13-19). Our winners are from 19 different states (see map) and a mix of new and existing projects. Check out the full listing of projects in the Patch article. Stay tuned to our social media channels over the coming months to learn more about each project and how they are making the world a better, kinder place.
"Being part of the Call for Kindness gave me more hope than I even thought was possible. I know the future is in good hands and that we are going to change the world together." 
- Hannah Wiser, Womaze 

COIVID-19 Community Response


We have been developing initiatives to help communities affected by COVID-19. Here are some things we are excited to share:

1) We are providing Chrome books for every Kindergarten student at Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem. This elementary school had 85% of the families living below the poverty level pre-pandemic. We are also helping support a food pantry, and our Riley's Way community are writing personal notes to include in each bag of food.

2) We are helping our Councils start a virtual buddy-reading program Kindergarten students at Sisulu Walker. Our teens are connecting to students who are feeling isolated and providing relief for the parents, many of whom are essential workers.

3) We opened up a new line of community grants across the country to address urgent needs from the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide vital emotional support. These include pen-pal programs with seniors in Seattle, and celebrating missed milestones for students with our partners at the Student Leadership Network.
Our Riley's Way Councils continue to show up for each other and make an impact. They celebrated with a virtual talent show (see quote), held self-care workshops for entire grades at the Hewitt School, and exemplified kind leadership in their communities, including starting a petition to get menstrual products to NYC food banks.
Join us tonight for another installment of our Kind Leadership Series: Talking about Cens-us. We are partnering with Generation Citizen to provide a webinar for educators on the US Census. Hear about their new educator toolkit and the vital role young people can play to ensure everyone gets counted. Watch for upcoming workshops on our website and social media pages.

Tonight, Tuesday May 12th at 5:00pm EST; free and open to all.
Register at: https://bit.ly/talkingaboutcensus
Read our intern and Riley's Way Youth Leadership Retreat participant, Ashley Lin's article in American Camping Magazine on how to Be a Kind Leader.
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Kindness is a positive-sum action with limitless power. You can create kindness from nothing, and, with kindness, you can enable others to do anything." 
We hope you and yours are safe and well during this time. As ever, we are here to help connect, lead, and grow together.

Kindly,
The Riley’s Way Team 

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