Leading today for a kinder tomorrow

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.


Kindness is valuing and respecting others and offering to help without expecting anything in return. Kindness is empathy in action. Kindness is a strength that can build a better world.


Empathy is understanding all sides of a challenge, issue or obstacle. This means not just identifying an alternative perspective, but actually seeing things from a different point of view. Empathy enables strong and meaningful connections.


Our leaders drive change, build connections and support their peers. Kind leaders think beyond their own circumstances to embody change and strengthen their community. We believe kindness and empathy are leadership qualities to be celebrated and fostered.

Connection Making

Our leaders value diversity and build bridges within and beyond their communities. Treating people with consideration and open-mindedness — and approaching everyone as a potential friend — creates meaningful relationships with individuals and partners from diverse backgrounds and strengthens communities.

Call for Kindness

How can you drive change that inspires kindness and builds meaningful connections in your community?

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.

In the Call for Kindness, our first national initiative, we asked teens to tell us how they can drive change that inspires kindness and builds meaningful connections in their communities. On May 6, 2019, we announced our 10 winners and 5 honorable mentions.


Youth Leadership Retreat

Riley’s Way first annual Youth Leadership Retreat will be held September 20 – 22, 2019 at Timber Lake Camp in Shandaken, NY. We are excited to bring together 90 young women from high schools around the U.S. to create meaningful connections with like-minded peers. By providing skill-building sessions and space for teen-led workshops, the Youth Leadership Retreat will empower and inspire attendees to serve as kind leaders and change agents in their communities.


Riley's Way Council

Riley’s Way Councils connect public and private high schools to inspire teens to lead with empathy and kindness, and create programs that drive positive change in their communities. We directly empower youth to lead the Riley’s Way movement by building connections and fostering meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and community members.


Riley's Way Program

Initially, Riley’s Way provided grants to participating elementary schools in New York City to allow them to focus on social and emotional learning for both their teachers and students, including professional development trainings and workshops for educators and character building assemblies and activities for students.

Today, our Riley’s Way Councils lead the third and fourth grade students at these schools in empathy building activities throughout the year.


1,100+ students

We have impacted the lives of over 1,100 students through our programming.

145+ teachers

We have worked with over 145 teachers at our partner schools.


We have granted over $100,000 to our school partners and Councils.

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