Riley’s Way empowers young leaders to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change.

We envision a future where kind leaders build a better world.

Call for Kindness

A national contest that funds teen-led projects that inspire kindness, strengthen communities, and bring people together. Winners receive up to $3,000 to fund their project and join a cohort of fellows from across the country to participate in our Kind Leadership Series, learning from experts and each other.

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Youth Leadership Retreat

The Youth Leadership Retreat brings together inspirational young women from around the country who are kind leaders and change agents in their communities. Teens participate in skill-building workshops where they learn how to tell their stories, communicate ideas, develop an action plan, build relationships, and treat everyone as a friend.

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Riley's Way Councils

Riley's Way Councils bring together communities of students with different perspectives and supports them to become kind leaders. Currently, Councils consist of partnerships between public and private high schools. Councils work directly with community groups to make a difference on social justice issues through the lens of empathy and kindness.

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Call for Kindness 2020

Riley's Way Foundation was established by Mackenzie & Ian Sandler in 2014 to honor the life of their nine-year-old daughter Riley Hannah Sandler

Riley was a wonderful daughter and the truest friend who loved helping others.
Click here to learn more about Riley.