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Special Events | Grow Involved Kits | Children's Action Board | Kids for Community


Children for Children's hands on events and programs enable students to help others and gain the many individual benefits of youth service, including responsibility and leadership skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, increased self-respect, character development and self-discipline, more motivation and engagement in studies, greater tolerance for diversity and broader perspectives; studies suggest that even academic performance can improve across the socioeconomic spectrum. Each student in a class can participate.

Special Events and Projects

Children for Children sponsors a fall service project Grow Involved for the Holidays; a "Grow Involved" on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event in January and National Youth Service Day Event in the spring. CFC is also a founding partner in Project Cicero. Check the CFC calendar to learn about these and other scheduled events.

CFC and the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) offer monthly Community Action Days at CMOM during the school year to introduce museum attendees to the value of service from an early age. (Participants must pay admission charge to CMOM.)

Educators are also encouraged to contact us about involving groups in
CFC's Special Events and Projects.

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Grow Involved Kits

Children for Children is pleased to offer for selected schools (without charge) our Grow Involved Kit , to help teachers and service learning coordinators plan a specific student-led, classroom-based youth service project on or near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, commemorating his passion for service. Each Grow Involved Kit includes a lesson plan and materials to execute the project. The Grow Involved Kits integrate service learning into your existing curriculum and encourage your students to Grow Involved in their communities. Call us at (212) 759-1462 for more info.

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Children's Action Board

During the school year, 6- to 13-year-olds work together hands on in different NYC neighborhoods to improve schools or help the community. Children's Action Board (CAB) projects take place once or twice monthly, typically on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, during the school year. Children may participate in one or more projects. Parents or designated adults must accompany younger children and arrange transportation to and from events. Participation is free. Parents need to submit completed Volunteer Forms.

Educators are also encouraged to contact us about bringing groups to
CAB events, or hosting a project. Check out CAB's Schedule or visit our calendar.

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Kids for Community

Kids for Community is a free online database of volunteer opportunities for New York City youth and families. Click on Kids for Community to search by location, interest, age of volunteer, and preference for working in groups. In addition to dynamic volunteer opportunities, the site provides related educational resources for parents, teachers and community service coordinators.

Children for Children has developed the Kids for Community site to help young people develop a greater sense of community and social responsibility by creating a means for volunteers and organizations to find each other.

On Kids for Community:

  • Parents, Children and Teens use the Kids for Community search engine to find youth volunteer opportunities from hundreds of local organizations.
  • Community Organizations boost volunteer involvement by posting specific service opportunities for young people.
  • Educators and Service Coordinators discover a pool of resources, ideas, and tips on building youth service programs.

Service Learning Resources

"Service learning" is a teaching method that combines community service with classroom instruction. It differs from traditional volunteering in that it includes a reflection element, such as discussion or journal writing, as well as an organized curriculum. Visit our Kids for Community service learning resource section for more information, research, tools and guides on implementing Service Learning.

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"The work that your organization does cannot be measured in dollars and cents. It can however be measured in the happy memories of children. That’s priceless!"

Juanita Lorenzo, Pre-K, PS 145 Harlem


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"Kids for Community, what a great resource...I passed on all the information to the head of Community Service for [my daughter’s school]."

Lisa Greenblatt, parent