Posts Tagged ‘GenerationOn’

What Will You Bring to the Table?

logo web whiteMore than 1 in 5 kids in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger and food insecurity is a huge issue worldwide, but many of us don’t know how rampant it is here at home. Act before April 30, with the What Will You Bring to the Table website, and you can help bring one million meals to hungry kids…and bring along your own ideas and solutions as well. This site is a destination for kids and teens, to get them involved and activated around hunger issues. Every action you take and record, from planting a community garden, hosting a can drive or other food event, blogging and spreading awareness through social media…each action is met with a free meal being provided for a young person in need. There are more hungry kids in the U.S. than the entire populations of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined–nearly 17 million!

The website has great toolkits for raising the visibility of your project–kits for teens, kids, schools, families, and organizations. Volunteer, get involved–this provides a tangible result for your action–you will literally be responsible for feeding a hungry young person. That’s pretty amazing when you can empower elementary school kids with that kind of impact that is so accessible to them…or middle school, high school, spiritual youth group, entire class, etc. Steer yourself and the young people you know to the site, and get into action against hunger.

Know a Kid Who is Changing the World? Nominate!

The Hasbro Community Action Awards are for young people, ages 5-18, who are engaged in extraordinary community service activities. Between now and March 6, you can nominate a young person who is dedicated to improving our world. You are never too young to make a difference, and these kids should give the rest of us pause…and perspective. If five- and six-year-olds are doing things like raising money for Haitian relief and starting recycling programs in their schools, what are we each doing to live up to that? I’m not saying any of us is NOT a source of inspiration, but if you’re not engaged now, these heroes ought to be the kick in the pants you need.

The Hasbro Children’s Fund and the Points of Light Institute got together to form GenerationOn, inspiring and empowering young people to change the world. These Community Action Awards are part of that partnership. Younger kids, tweens, and teens really get it and are exceedingly creative with problem solving. We would be wise to listen to them and all they have to offer. Truly, if more decisions about fairness and equality and saving the planet and making sure everyone at life’s table has enough were made from the points of view of young people, we could put a large share of this world’s strife behind us. Finding ways to empower and engage kids has to be at the top of the priority list–it is no less than our future.

Know a young hero, or a bunch of them? Nominate him or her or them, and give them the recognition they deserve. Then tell them you did it. Then thank them…and thank them again.