www.ripplekids.com – Ripple Kids
Ripple Kids was founded in 2006 as a non-profit on the belief that kids have the ability to identify and creatively resolve issues in their community. A Ripple Kid is any kid who has identified an issue and taken action to resolve it. Projects include anything from cutting off their hair for “Locks of Love,” to raising money at a bake sale to send underprivileged kids to summer camp. Some Ripple Kids are mobilized into action due to personal circumstance or illness like Taylor Matthews.
In 2003, at age 11, Taylor was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. During her family’s research into her disease and its treatment, Taylor discovered that pediatric cancer research was severely underfunded. With the love and support of family and friends, Taylor founded “Tay-bandz,” a non-profit organization selling everything from belts to tank tops. Her goal is to raise public awareness about childhood cancers and to fund research that may someday find a cure. To date, “Tay-bandz” has raised over $500,000 toward that goal.
Through three major programs, Ripple Kids inspires and empowers kids to take action in their community by sharing the success of their peers.
- Ripple Kids’ Interactive Website – provides resources that empower kids to make a difference, and provides support to them and their parents.
- Ripple Kids Team – provides branded meeting materials for groups seeking to make a difference. Ripple Kids introduces local non-profit agencies, conducts service projects, and provides a forum for kids to brainstorm idea for their own projects.
- School Recognition Program -provides a turnkey program that allows schools to recognize their students in front of their peers for community service projects, within or outside the school environment.
Ripple Kids has been having a ripple effect. To date over 400 kids have helped over 2600 people and animals. The website has over 100 projects registered. This is incredible progress, from our pint-sized partners in making this world a better place. Tell your kids and grandkids about this cool resource that is bound to inspire them to take action!