Children are naturally inclined to connect and assist others. As caregivers and as a community we should prioritize the significance of fostering positive connections by helping those in need, so that our children grow up caring for others.
Worcester, MA (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
A recent study shows that children as young as two years old, are inherently motivated to help others in need and have a genuine concern for the welfare of others. Ivy Child International (Ivy Child), a cross cultural positive psychology non profit, seeks to preserve and encourage this natural instinct so that children develop into adults who respect and care for the underserved.
Ivy Child aims to “Help Each Child Achieve Their Best” and in order to expand their reach and offer their specialized programs to children in need, is launching a fundraising drive as part of its first birthday celebrations. Contributions are invited from individuals and organizations. Kids and youth are also highly encouraged to take part in this fundraising drive through the Ivy Little Angels: Children Helping Children Program.
This program can be adopted by families, groups and schools as a way to teach children about creating positive social change through the worthy cause of helping others.
“Children are naturally inclined to connect and assist others. As caregivers and as a community we should prioritize the significance of fostering positive connections by helping those in need, so that our children grow up caring for others.” states Rose Pavlov, founder of Ivy Child International
Beginning young to build awareness and empathy for charitable giving allows an opportunity for a culture of appreciation growth, and to develop into adults who see the joy and value in giving to others. As they become more attuned toward thinking of others’ needs instead of just their own, they are less likely to engage in fighting, bullying and other aggressive behavior.
Teaching young children philanthropic giving involves: modeling giving because kids learn through example, working together with other parents and kids, starting with small attainable goals where kids are able to succeed making the project and cause relatable, and providing opportunities to make fundraising fun.
There are many ideas that kids will find fun, engaging and will motivate them to participate.
Children can donate part of their allowance and instead of gifts and toys on birthdays and special occasions they can ask their parents, friends and relatives for money which can be donated. They can also perform chores at home to earn money from their parents for contributing to the Ivy Little Angel: Children Helping Children program. Parents can put up “donation meters” at home, marking how much they have raised together, boosting motivation and sense of achievement. Other ideas include holding lemonade stands or organizing special events such as: games, performances, art exhibitions and auctions in their neighborhoods or through schools and sell tickets to raise money to help other kids in need. Kids can also host coin drives in their neighbourhood where they can collect coins from their neighbours for donation. There are many innovative ways that children can help raise money to better the lives of other children.
Participating in such activities also boosts their self-confidence and helps them develop leadership skills. Parents can also use this opportunity to teach children basic concepts about money, earning it, saving it and sharing it with those in need.
Many studies have shown that service and charitable giving can lead to greater life satisfaction, reduced stress, lesser rates of depression and heart disease and greater overall well being in adults. Starting young can mean reaping these benefits lifelong, as they grow up to be caring and sensitive adults.
Ivy Child International will feature these “Ivy Little Angels” on their website and award them with Ivy Star Certificates. Contributions received go directly toward enabling Ivy Child's programs for kids, teens, caregivers, educators and research such as Bullying Prevention and Leadership, Yoga and Mindfulness, for kids and for the holistic wellbeing of pediatric cancer patients, Multicultural and Music Education, to teach conflict resolution skills, self-regulation, and cultivate cross-cultural understanding in schools, after-school programs and community centers. For details: http://ivychild.org/programs
To partner with Ivy Child or for an interview, please contact:
Rose Pavlov, Founder of Ivy Child International, by phone: 508-299-7905 or via email: rpavlov(at)ivychild(dot)org.