Youth Changemakers Nationwide Answer The 2023 Call For Kindness

New York, NY, January 18, 2023 – Riley’s Way Foundation opened their Call For Kindness program today, calling on young changemakers (13-22 year olds) from across the country to submit their ideas for projects rooted in kindness, empathy, and inclusivity – this year with a special focus on environmental justice.

“Young people are leading the way on so many important issues – especially around the environment and climate action.” remarked Dr. Christine O’Connell, Executive Director of Riley’s Way Foundation. “Their passion, resolve, and leadership remind us that the hope for the future lies in great part with the ideas and actions of today’s youth.”

Environmental damage often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest. Young leaders are rising up around the world to build strong and inclusive communities to create solutions to some of society’s most pressing environmental problems – from clean water to lasting policy around climate change. Riley’s Way supports young leaders to not only envision change, but to achieve it – with kindness, empathy, and community at its core.

The Call For Kindness, now in its fifth year, offers youth the chance to participate in a dynamic Leadership Development Fellowship and win up to $3,000 to fund a project that strengthens their local, national, or global communities. Young people (13-22) are invited to submit a new or existing idea, managing everything from prevailing social justice issues to pressing community-based needs. A special category this year will consider projects focused on environmental justice, as the climate crisis and other environmental problems require critical attention.

“Becoming a Riley’s Way Call For Kindness Fellow has meant that even if things get hard, I’m not alone, and have all these resources if I need anything,” shared 2022 Call For Kindness Fellow Ryan Syed, founder of SAYA’s Project Loving Me

Past projects have addressed the mental health and well-being of vulnerable communities, worked to bridge the gender gap in STEM, bridged the tech industry’s demographic gap, supported those experiencing homelessness, combatted food insecurity, and much more. The complete list of Call For Kindness projects can be found here

“The future belongs to a new generation of leaders, who with unshakable determination and a clear sense of purpose, will blaze a trail of innovation and progress to tackle society’s toughest challenges” shared Ian Sandler, Co-Founder Board Chair of Riley’s Way. “I am honored to be a part of their journey and will tirelessly work to empower them with the tools and resources they need to make their boldest visions a reality.” 

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About Riley’s Way Foundation 

Riley’s Way Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that empowers a youth-led kindness movement, providing young people with the programs, support, and inclusive community they need to thrive as changemakers. Riley’s Way is committed to supporting these young leaders to build a better world that values kindness, empathy, connection, and the voices of all youth. Mackenzie and Ian Sandler established Riley’s Way in 2014 in memory of their daughter Riley Hannah Sandler.


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