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To lead positive change with kindness, Riley’s Way is on a mission to inspire kindness in the next generation of change leaders with the tools needed to make a positive impact in the world.

What We Do

On January 21, 2019, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we launched our first national initiative, the Call for Kindness. We asked teens to tell us how they can create a project that drives change that inspires kindness and builds meaningful connections in their communities. Over the next three months, we received inquiries from over 100 teens from across the country, which ultimately led to 44 completed applications from 23 different states!

Our judging team, made up of teen judges, Riley's Way Board members, and nonprofit leaders, reviewed each and every application, and scored them based on how well they fit the Riley's Way values, their feasibility, and impact.

In the end, we decided to increase the number of Call for Kindness award winners from the original six to ten! We will be giving each of these teen-led projects $3,000 to implement their projects with their school or nonprofit partners. We also decided to create a new honorable mention category, and five meaningful projects will be awarded $1,000 each for their projects. Congratulations to all!

Read below to learn more about how these incredible teens are using the funds to partner with their school or a nonprofit to design and implement a project that embodies Riley’s Way values to inspire kindness and builds meaningful connections in their communities.

To lead positive change with kindness, Riley’s Way is on a mission to inspire kindness in the nextgeneration of change leaders with the tools needed to make a positive impact in the world.

Winners

Honorable Mentions

Existing Project

Daphne Zuckerman

Enabling Access to STEAM Education (EASE)

New York

New Project

Eman Hamid

Purple America

Washington

Existing Project

Hannah Wiser

Womaze

Florida

Existing Project

Luis Hernandez & Andrea Gonzales

Youth Over Guns

New York

Existing Project

Matthew Yekell

Tony’s Place partnership

Texas

New Project

Nicole Mateo & Amber Rahman

Girl RPRSNTD

New York

New Project

Robert Michaelson

Browning and Mott Haven Academy Charter School partnership

New York

Existing Project

Sophie Bernstein

Grow Healthy

Missouri

Existing Project

Sonika Menon, Rinna Talwar, Rohin Menon & Anya Talwar

The Birthday Giving Program

Illinois

Existing Project

Valentina Carrion

Maverick Movie Night and Carnival

Florida

Existing Project

Crystal Chan

SPACE 4 US

California

New Project

Ellie Campbell

Crafternoon

New York

New Project

Hannah Liu & Lydia Palmer

Building Bridges

New York

Existing Project

Shaylee Cooper

We Dine Together

Oregon

New Project

Sophia Chen & Michaela Kim

Yes2STEM

Washington