Riley’s Way Call For Kindness
The Call For Kindness, Riley’s Way flagship program, was created in 2019 to forge a strong community of kind youth changemakers from across the country to work together in a fellowship leadership program. Since its beginning, the Call For Kindness has strengthened the leadership and life skills of young people through a supportive, inclusive, and nurturing community.
The annual #CallForKindness program asks young people (13–22 years old) to submit a proposal for a project that will bring more kindness into the world. Young leaders then share a new or existing project idea, tackling topics such as pressing equity and social justice issues or building meaningful connections within the school or community. For the 2022 Call For Kindness, as many as 35 youth-led projects will receive awards up to $3,000 each. A separate category will consider ten projects specifically focused on mental health, recognizing the growing need to highlight this critical issue only amplified by the pandemic.
Isabella (“Bella”), a 2021 Call For Kindness Fellow and founder of I Matter, a program created to provide a forum for youth to process the pain they felt after watching news coverage of the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, shared, “There is not really a space in my community for young changemakers to come together. Riley’s Way provides so much support to youth… Riley’s Way has made me a part of the family…I always feel supported way beyond the funding support.”
Over the past few weeks, several judges — the majority of whom are youth representing diverse backgrounds — have been reviewing 130 Call For Kindness applications from across 32 states. In addition, 68 organizations signed our Partnership Pledge! The projects are judged based on how they embody Riley’s Way values, their feasibility, need, and impact.
On May 6, the 2022 Call For Kindness winners will be announced at a virtual celebration, in honor of Riley Sandler’s birthday. You will hear directly from current Call For Kindness Fellows and learn more about the work they have done this past year to make a difference in their schools and communities. Celebrate past and present Call For Kindness Fellows and be inspired and motivated to make the world a better, kinder, and more empathetic place.
Join us for this free event! Register to be a part of the 2022 Call For Kindness Celebration HERE.