National Kids to Kids Day Celebrates a New Generation of Global Leaders and Citizens

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April 30 Marks First National Day Highlighting the Work of Kids to Kids Building Awareness and Raising Money to Bring Change to Kids Everywhere

National Kids to Kids Day is April 30th!

National Kids to Kids Day is a celebration of the many kids in the US who are committed to getting involved and changing the lives of their peers around the world

World Connect, formerly Infante Sano, a non-profit that empowers local leaders in underserved communities to solve local problems, today announced plans for the celebration of the first-ever National Kids to Kids Day on April 30. This coordinated event will raise awareness and funds for the Kids to Kids program to bring about positive change in the lives of kids everywhere.

“National Kids to Kids Day is a celebration of the many kids in the US who are committed to getting involved and changing the lives of their peers around the world,” said Sarah Henry, executive director of World Connect. “The day is also a celebration of the thousands of kids in our partner countries who are taking part in the projects Kids to Kids funds. However, in many ways, this day is most about kids everywhere recognizing they are citizens of a global community and that they can have an active role in shaping their collective future.”

For Kids to Kids Day, students are holding local events that spotlight the gap in basic opportunities for youth in education, recreation and cultural programs in countries around the world. The goal is to encourage more students to get involved with Kids to Kids by becoming Kids to Kids Members, helping to raise money and awareness and joining in the online voting that determines which overseas projects are funded. (Read more about the recent round of grants funded by Kids to Kids in “World Connect Funds 51 New Projects through Kids to Kids Program.”

Some of the events our members have planned include:

  •     Groton School, MA: Kids to Kids members are hosting an environment themed day with a cookout, t-shirt sale and student dance
  •     Wayland High School, MA: Kids to Kids members are hosting a movie night fundraiser
  •     Bayview High School, RI: Kids to Kids members are holding a candygram fundraiser at school

For others looking to plan an event for Kids to Kids Day, World Connect offers a toolkit on the Kids to Kids Website.

National Kids to Kids Day comes at an exciting time as the Kids to Kids program is growing on multiple fronts. Kids from 15 states have taken the membership pledge and are helping to build the program in their schools and communities. Kids to Kids is now working to fund projects in 10 countries and, with a total of 230 projects, has affected the lives of more than 12,000 kids abroad.

About Kids to Kids
World Connect’s youth-led Kids to Kids Program empowers local leaders in underserved communities to solve local problems affecting kids. Founded by four middle school girls in Massachusetts, Kids to Kids encourages grassroots fundraising by kids in the US for youth arts, sports, education and environmental projects. The connections built by Kids to Kids create a new generation of leaders and global citizens. To date, Kids to Kids has reached over 12,000 kids by providing microgrants at the community level in Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador, and is currently accepting proposals for new projects in Ecuador, Mali, Morocco, Peru, Philippines and Rwanda. Learn more about the Kids to Kids Program and how it is creating opportunities for kids everywhere at http://www.kidstokids.org/.

About World Connect
World Connect, formerly Infante Sano, is a non-profit organization that empowers local leaders in underserved areas worldwide to solve local problems by improving the health and wellbeing of women, children and communities. Visit World Connect at http://www.worldconnect-us.org/ to learn more about the long-lasting and transformational impact of its programs.

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