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High school interns of The Great Kindness Challenge, a positive and proactive bullying prevention initiative, represented the United States and were elected as officers of the founding World Kindness Movement Youth Council.

Grady McDermott, Adoley Swaniker and Jill McManigal at The 8th Annual General Assembly of The World Kindness Movement

The Great Kindness Challenge has the power to increase empathy, tolerance, and compassion for all students from kindergarten through high school. Grady and Adoley do a wonderful job spreading this message.

Two teen members of San Diego-based Kids for Peace, Grady McDermott, 17, and Adoley Swaniker, 16, were elected to the first Executive Youth Council of the World Kindness Movement at the 8th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

The World Kindness Movement (WKM) is an international initiative represented by 17 countries which inspires individuals to create a kinder world. The Youth Council will further the cause of kindness and engage youth worldwide. The General Assembly youth participants elected McDermott as Chairman and Swaniker as Executive Member for their work on The Great Kindness Challenge, a positive and proactive bullying prevention initiative created by Kids for Peace.

McDermott and Swaniker presented The Great Kindness Challenge, which currently stands at over 1,000,000 students worldwide, to the Youth Council to increase global participation.

“Everyone at Kids for Peace is very excited for Grady and Adoley,” said Jill McManigal, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids for Peace. “The Great Kindness Challenge has the power to increase empathy, tolerance, and compassion for all students from kindergarten through high school. Grady and Adoley do a wonderful job spreading this message.”
“We’re delighted to recognize our founding Youth Council members,” said Mr. Michael Lloyd-White, Secretary General of WKM. “We congratulate Grady and Adoley and thank them for their achievements and contributions for a kinder world.”

Details about McDermott and Swaniker and their inspiring work at the 8th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement on September 18th are available on The Great Kindness Challenge blog.
McManigal was elected to be an Executive Member of the International Council of The World Kindness Movement. The position will complement and magnify her work at Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness Challenge.

About Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness Challenge
Kids for Peace is a global 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides a platform for young people to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship and global friendship. The Great Kindness Challenge is an initiative that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. The next Great Kindness Challenge takes place on January 26-30, 2015. For more information, to register your school, or to download the checklist visit The Great Kindness Challenge website.

The Great Kindness Challenge is made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsor Dignity Health and supporting sponsors: ExaMobile, The Code Crew, ViaSat, SDG&E and NRG.

About the World Kindness Movement
The idea behind the World Kindness Movement (WKM) crystalized at a conference in Tokyo in 1997 when the Small Kindness Movement of Japan brought together like-minded kindness movements from around the world. The WKM was officially launched in Singapore on November 18, 2000 at the 3rd WKM Conference. The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. The WKM encourages individuals of other nations to set up their own kindness movements and welcomes all to join the WKM. Learn more about the WKM at http://www.theworldkindnessmovement.org.

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