One More Generation
Siblings Carter, 9, and Olivia, 8, of Georgia founded the non-profit One More Generation to help save endangered species of animals. Carter and Olivia had been working to adopt cheetahs in South Africa for years, and one of their foundation’s initiatives is to raise $50,000 to support a cheetah rescue program in South Africa. Other efforts include a collaboration with The Art Miles Mural Project, water conservation, working with the state legislature to make changes to laws to stop the Rattlesnake Roundups, and much more.
Kids vs. Global Warming
Alec Loorz, a sophomore in high school, found inspiration in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and started this non-profit when he was 12 years old. Loorz gives presentations on global warming to students all over the world and is the youngest U.S. trained presenter for Gore’s Climate Project. The mission of the organization is to educate youth about the science of global warming, and empower them to take action.
Two sophomores at Cornell University, Ricky Panzer and Alex Friedman, started Signature Donations last March to help fight the causes and effects of poverty. They partnered with Andrew Lin, a sophomore at UCLA. One of their first efforts was to raise $2,100 to buy black, leather shoes for 120 orphans in Ndola, Zambia. The shoes were ordered custom-made for children at Haven of Hope Orphanage, so they might attend school. In Zambia, students may only attend school if they can pay for tuition, books, and a uniform, which includes the cost-prohibitive leather shoes.
Future projects with Signature Donations include the construction of a K-8 school in Zambia.
Kayla Kares Inc.
Kayla Polk started this non-profit last year when she was in the third grade. The mission of Kayla Kares is to share kindness — kid to kid — by giving stuff animals to children facing eye surgery. Kayla, 10, was 7 when she had her own eye surgery and came up with the idea for the non-profit. Kayla and others in the non-profit worked to raise money to buy new stuffed animals and to solicit donations of stuffed animals from around the country.
Kayla Kares works in conjunction with local ophthalmologists in Michigan and will consider requests from other offices and clinics through its Web site and Facebook page.
The Pencil Project
Hannah McConn and Randryia Houston, students at the University of Houston, found inspiration when they participated in a study abroad program in African-American Studies in Ghana. The UH students learned that many students in the country drop out of school over minor issues such as not having school supplies like a basic pencil. The two went on to start The Pencil Project — which they later registered as an official non-profit organization — and raised enough donations to buy more than 30,000 pencils for the children of Ghana. Houston said that she would also like to open a boarding school in the country.
Kids in Care of Kids (KICK)
Jaide Ramirez-Jennings started Kids in Care of Kids (KICK) when she was in kindergarten. She began by looking for ways to encourage people in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas, to use reusable shopping bags as a way to preserve the environment. Yahoo! later donated 900 purple canvas bags as part of its Purple Acts of Kindness program. Jaide sold the bags for $5 each to raise money for other organizations that help the environment and help improve the lives of children, including Keep America Beautiful, the Topeka School Fund, and the American Heart Association.
Little Diva’s Making a Difference
Jazmine Jackson was a junior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., when she started this non-profit last year. Jackson said that she was inspired by some of her own struggle as a young woman and those of her younger sister to try to help boost self-esteem in young girls in middle school and high school and to prevent violence and teen pregnancy.
The organization doesn’t yet have a web site, but you can learn more about its efforts to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and research on Facebook.
We Speak for Animals
Cassie Lewart was 10 when she started a club to help her local animal shelter, the Hillside SPCA in Pennsylvania, and she was 12 when she officially turned the club into the non-profit organization We Speak for Animals three years ago. Her club and her non-profit have held activities and fundraisers to help support the operations at the animal shelter.
The Traveling Canvas
Tae Tae Davis was 13 when she started The Traveling Canvas to provide art supplies to homeless children. She got the idea after her Florida school cut the art budget and she worried about how students who could not afford their own supplies would not have the means to express themselves artistically. Tae Tae wrote to 50 companies asking for donations, and she raised over $32,000 to buy supplies. She used the money to stock her school’s art program and to hold art parties for homeless students in her home. (She also sends the students home with supplies.)
Kids for K-9s
Six-year-old Kayleigh started this non-profit after she watched training exercises at Chesapeake Police Department and learned about the dangers that police dogs face in their work with the police department. She questioned why the dogs don’t wear protective vests, and decided to raise the money to buy one for the department. She raised $630 for the first vest, and immediately started raising money for two more. The organization holds fundraisers and accepts donations to buy the vests, and the group hopes to raise enough to outfit all the dogs in the department.