Project Giving Kids Grows West Coast Presence with Bay Area Launch; Unveils First-of-its-Kind Mobile App to Support Bicoastal Efforts and Help Youth Connect to Causes

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Project Giving Kids (PGK), a nonprofit offering technology solutions that help youth connect to causes, announces its expansion to the San Francisco Bay Area. PGK also operates in the Boston and Los Angeles regions, and its free new iOS mobile app, YouthGive, is making it easier for kids everywhere to find ways to give back.

YouthGive iOS App

"Early and repeated exposure to service during childhood has been shown to have many positive effects on youth development. PGK makes it easy for today’s busy kids and teens to find ways to give back that fit their interests and schedules."

Project Giving Kids (PGK), a nonprofit operating in Boston and Los Angeles that connects youth to causes, today announced the opening of its Bay Area operation and its new app for teens, YouthGive.

"Early and repeated exposure to service during childhood has been shown to have many positive effects on youth, including higher self-esteem, decreased propensity for engaging in risky behaviors, greater levels of empathy, and the ability to forge stronger relationships," said Molly Yuska, founder of Project Giving Kids. "PGK makes it easy for today’s busy youth to find ways to give back that fit their interests and schedules. We’re fostering a sense of service as a basic principal of child development in order to cultivate stronger kids and doing so in a way that resonates with today’s youth.”

How Youth Get Involved
Families, schools, youth programs and individuals can engage with PGK through a creative website designed for kids and families (http://www.projectgivingkids.org), or via the newly announced, first-of-its-kind iOS mobile app, YouthGive, built for teens, available now for free in the App Store. Additionally, PGK hosts targeted community-based events that provide hands-on service opportunities highlighting the growing PGK partner network, including a big fall service event being planned for the South Bay and Peninsula regions of the Bay Area.

How Nonprofits Get Involved
Project Giving Kids’ Bay Area presence launches with a network of charter nonprofit organizations, including My New Red Shoes, Project WeHOPE, There with Care, Hidden Villa and Peninsula Humane Society. According to Becca Moos Winslow, Director of Strategic Initiatives for My New Red Shoes in Redwood City, “Volunteers are critical in order for us to accomplish our mission and we put a deliberate emphasis on engaging youth in service. Studies show that children who volunteer gain new skills and grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens. We are so grateful for our partnership with Project Giving Kids to provide even more children and youth opportunities to give back to their community.” Bay Area nonprofits interested in leveraging the PGK platform to attract new volunteers can contact Amy Johnson at (408) 620-1863 or ajohnson(at)projectgivingkids(dot)org. The application process is simple, and inclusion in the PGK network is free.

Come Meet PGK In Person
To celebrate the launch of its Bay area operation, PGK will participate in a series of events to connect with local families – including the Mountain View Farmer’s Market on 6/4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Caltrain Station (600 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View), the Facebook County Fair Festival on August 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park (1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, parking lot 15), as well as select other community events in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties throughout the summer.

For more information about the work of PGK, visit http://www.projectgivingkids.org; download PGK’s new YouthGive mobile app; and follow PGK on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information about upcoming local events in which PGK will be participating, email info(at)projectgivingkids(dot)org.

About Project Giving Kids
Project Giving Kids, Inc. (PGK) is a 501 (c)(3) founded to cultivate empathy in youth. It connects kids and teens via a fun-to-use online experience to a host of philanthropic activities that are meaningful to them and amplifies the efforts of the nonprofits providing those opportunities. In doing so, PGK helps build lifelong advocates for causes and organizations through early engagement in service and volunteer experiences.

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