Congratulations to our graduating seniors!
At Riley's Way, the past months have been about listening, reflection, action and celebration. We continue to support our community and elevate student voices, and even kicked the month off by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell with teens from our different programs. We supported missed milestone celebrations for schools across the country and our Councils hosted an open and honest conversation about mass incarceration and racism.
Conversations in Solidarity
In this time, we must reckon with the realities of injustice and systemic discrimination against black people in this country. We must face these realities and dedicate ourselves to antiracism and solidarity.
Riley’s Way Co-Founder Ian Sandler on how the foundation is helping the next generation of leaders
Ian Sandler on yahoofinance.com
Reese Potash interviewing Sonika, founder of the Birthday Giving Program
My name is Reese Potash, I’m from New York, and I’m 12 years old. I grew up in an empathic family, who loves helping others, and I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing foundation this year, and in the years to come.
In Solidarity and Kindness
Today, and every day, we stand against racism. We stand with our Black students, teachers, and colleagues, and communities. And today, we know many in our community are hurting. We are paying attention and committing to do more. We are here for you and are working to create spaces to listen and support our students, faculty and larger community.
Teen empowers kindergarteners with virtual reading in underserved communities amid COVID-19
by Emily DeCiccio on foxnews.com
Riley’s Way Foundation Announces Winners of the Call for Kindness
by Christine O'Connell on patch.com
An Interactive Self-Care Workshop to do in your Community
Self-care: What is it and why is it so important, especially amidst such a hectic time?
Kind Leadership Series | Earth Force
During the call, I was captivated by Grace’s many examples of passionate students able to enact meaningful change in their communities, both big and small, through the Community Action and Problem Solving Process.
We Called, They Answered!
On May 6th, we celebrated 22 new Call for Kindness winning projects and announced three continuation grants from the inaugural 2019 class. Last year’s class reached over 35,000 people around the world; we hope to have an even greater impact this year!
As we enter the next weeks and months, we believe that Riley’s Way’s core value, a collective commitment to kindness, is more crucial than ever. Our approach: empathy, intentional kindness, and meaningful connection, shall not change; yet how we put it into practice can, and must, adapt to unforeseen circumstances in which we find ourselves.
Sharing Student Voices: Stories that Inspire
If you have been following the Sincerely, Hueman podcast, you have heard the stories of some of the incredible and inspiring Riley's Way students, and the story of Riley from our founder, Ian Sandler. If you missed any of the episodes, we have complied them for you here.
Telling Our Stories
We launched our 2nd annual Call for Kindness contest; were featured in Psychology Today, multiple news articles and a TV interview; launched a partnership with the Sincerely Hueman podcast to feature our student voices and more!
Contest awards teens money to help make the world a kinder, more empathetic place
by Christine Mitchell on WHNT News 19
Rileys Way Announces the Call for Kindness Competition for Teens
by Christine O'Connell on patch.com
Calling All Teens Who Want to Make a Difference: Riley’s Way Foundation Announces the Call for Kindness, Annual Contest Awards Teens Dollars to Help Make the World A Better Place
Riley’s Way Call for Kindness 2020
Kind Leader Spotlight Series
Introducing our Kind Leader Spotlight Series! Every Friday we will be showcasing leaders who demonstrate the positive change we hope to create in the world.
The Significance of Empathy and Kindness Today
As the meeting progressed, it became clearer to me that everyone in the room believed empathy and kindness are two values that we hold near and dear to ourselves. By focusing on the issue of mass incarceration, we are deriving change by using some of our most cherished values.
Creating An Organization From the Ground Up: Confident, Healthy Women
However, we were grateful for the experience from participating in the Call For Kindness contest because it prepared us in terms of finding partner organizations and laying out deadlines before starting. With support from our school, The Hewitt School, we began by initiating a drive.
Sincerely, Hueman: Stories of Kindness and Doing Good
In this episode, we will hear from Ian Sandler, a loving father and the co-founder of Riley's Way Foundation and Dr. Christine O'Connell, Executive Director at Riley's Way Foundation.
Happy New Year from all of us at Riley’s Way!
Riley's Way saw some amazing firsts in 2019, and we are excited to dream even bigger in 2020.
What a Year
“Riley always wore a smile on her face and rarely let anything get her down. She would be proud that we chose to focus on how she lived her life by approaching each encounter as a chance to make a new friend.” -Ian Sandler, Proud Father of Riley Hannah Sandler
Support Riley’s Way on this Giving Tuesday
On this Giving Tuesday, a day on which millions of people give to favorite charities, please choose to support Riley’s Way and our mission to empower the next generation of kind leaders.
Tomorrow is about remembering things we are thankful for. At Riley’s Way, we are thankful for our community: all of you.
Another Exciting Month at Riley’s Way!
The momentum continues from our first annual Youth Leadership Retreat on a beautiful September weekend.
What a Day in an Immigration Courtroom Taught Me
Witnessing these hearings inspired me to work with the Riley’s Way Council to help immigrants in any way we can.
We Give Thanks
The kids at the Sisulu-Walker Charter School reminded me of what Thanksgiving truly is about...they taught me that in our fast-paced world, it’s important we don’t forget the power of kindness.
Partnership in the Making
This was a unique and exciting evening. At a topical level, it highlighted the need for more conversation between different groups working for the overall good, and it pinpointed issues around technology that might not have otherwise been raised.
Riley’s Way Youth Leadership Retreat 2019
We were so excited to bring together over 70 young women leaders from across the country to talk about what it means to be a #kindleader, make #meaningfulconnections, and use #empathy to drive positive change in the world.
A Change-Making Weekend
To most, kindness is a virtue or trait but, because of Riley's Way, more people are understanding that it’s about shining through difficulties and to “always have a smile on your face” as Riley said.
Riley’s Way is My Way
Kindness is a crucial trait to have if you intend on creating effective and sustainable change, and it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive with taking initiative, working hard, or making yourself heard.
Immigration, Language, and Empathy
Having had the chance to observe the realities of those facing the government in immigration court with the Riley’s Way Council members was an important experience for all of us in practicing empathy and gaining a deeper insight into the lives of those we wish to help and support.
A Weekend Away with the Changemakers of Our Generation
The atmosphere was celebratory and joyful. I could feel the kindness surrounding me throughout the entire weekend.
Elegant Warrior Podcast with Riley’s Way
Listen to the Riley's Way Program Directors talk to Heather Hanson about Riley's Way programs.
Exciting News from Riley’s Way
What an exciting start to the new school year at Riley’s Way! It has been filled with lots of firsts.
A Magical Weekend
A blog by Riley’s Way Co-Founder Ian Sandler about his experience at the Youth Leadership Retreat
Riley’s Way Foundation Names Dr. Christine O’Connell As First Executive Director
NEW YORK (September 26, 2019) – Riley’s Way Foundation has named its first Executive Director, Dr. Christine O’Connell, who will lead the next stage of growth for the organization.
“What the Constitution Means to Me”: Riveting, Beautiful, Personal
What I liked the most about the show was how the audience was able to interact with Heidi’s points, especially during the debate she did with a brilliant young woman named Rosdely Ciprian.
Sharing Riley’s Way with Teach for America
Along with explaining more about this incredible day where so many students came together and our upcoming film project, our presentation developed into a strong, engaging conversation.
Leading our Council was an endeavor filled with joy and fulfillment, along with a lot of hard work and persistence. Through this adventure, I learned more about myself, my peers, and how we worked effectively as a group.
Riley’s Way Awarded Philanthropy Award for Youth Empowerment
Thank you to News Corp / The New York Post for recognizing the strides Riley’s Way has made to inspire youth to use kindness and empathy as a tool to lead the world into a better tomorrow!
Donating a Difference
Accepting one’s queer identity is difficult enough, but for many, finding a community where they can safely express themselves is impossible. I was lucky enough to be born into a loving family and have a supportive group of friends. However, many are not as lucky.
Teen-to-Teen Letter Writing Event | 5 Ways You Can Help
With the intention of providing support and showing care to other teenagers, on May 2nd the Hewitt School and Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria Riley’s Way Council hosted an event dedicated to writing letters to immigrant teens in a detention center in Homestead, Florida.
How Interning for Riley’s Way Greatly Impacted Me
Kindness, empathy, leadership, and making connections are the core values of Riley’s Way Foundation. Through these values, more than 1,000 children from private and public schools have been positively impacted as they learn to spread kindness.
Families Behind Bars: A Glimpse Into the Lives of Forgotten Women
On a rainy Monday on May 14th, a few of my fellow Riley’s Way Council members, Lauren, Laura and I headed over to St. Phillip's Church to attend the Families Behind Bars event (a #kNOwJusticeHarlem series) organized by the organization Circles of Support.
Poker Player Forms Charitable Foundation After Death of 9-Year-Old Daughter
By Peter Alson on pokernews.com
The True Meaning of Family Matters
When we are sick, sad, or need support, we can always count on our families. Despite hardships or obstacles families stay united, because families are not solely a bond based on blood relation.
What’s Happening at Riley’s Way | Spring 2019
It has been an exciting season for us at Riley's Way! Our Councils have been busy...
Being A “Panther” At The Browning School
On Friday, May 31st, the fifth grade students at The Browning School, an all-boys private school in New York City, spoke about issues that “broke their heart” in New York City.
357 Days: Family Matters Celebration
Approximately 357 days had passed since our Sisterhood Dinner with the women of the Talk2ME and Circles of Support groups at St. Phillips Church in Harlem of 2018. On May 21st of 2019, we gathered with many of the same women, like Wanda and Melinda, along with many new faces, and the women's families.
Through The Eyes Of My Father
“Vamos a ir al rancho.” We are going to the ranch, said my cousin. The seven year old in me did not understand what the ranch was.
The Beauty of Kindness In Incarceration
Every year, the Riley’s Way Council makes an effort to find solutions to an issue in their community that breaks their heart. The Council decided to continue to work on building connections and relationships with women who have been impacted by incarcerated, partnering with the organization Talk2Me.
The Difference 6 Months Makes: Reflecting on Our Councils’ Visit to Sisulu-Walker School
One of the many things we do in the Riley’s Way Council is our program for elementary schools where Council members teach a Riley’s Way curriculum about kindness and empathy-building to third and fourth-grade students in October and then go back in May.
Teen-to-Teen Letter Writing Event with Riley’s Way Council
Two of Riley’s Way leading values are kindness and empathy. For the better part of this school year, my council members and I (half from The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria and half from The Hewitt School) brainstormed and planned how we could implement these values into a project that could give back to our community.
About Riley’s Way Foundation
Watch to learn more about the work we are doing to spread kindness and empathy in memory of Riley Sandler.
RJ Palacio + Rileys Way, May 2017
Author RJ Palacio spoke to over 750 students and teachers who are part of Riley's Way Program.
Celebrating Three Years of Riley’s Way
Three years ago we lost our magical girl. Today, we are spreading Riley's spirit through two programs and reaching the lives of over 1,000 students and educators.
Riley’s Way Call for Kindness
Riley's Way is looking for six “Kindness Fellows” who are practicing intentional kindness and empathy to lead a movement of change that creates connections and strengthens their community.
Riley’s Way Call for Kindness 2
Hear how our Councils inspire kindness in their communities and join our Call for Kindness! Apply today!