Inspired by children.
Designed for children.
Developed by children.
Benefits the world.
This global non-profit organization (501c3) embodies KIDS leadership, opinions and direction. The KIDS, toddlers to teens, lead the way toward peace. This is what makes KIDS FOR PEACE different than any other NGO. The motto – “KINDNESS MATTERS” is indisputable and is strengthened by participation in the Annual Great Kindness Challenge. The byline – “Uplifting our world through LOVE and ACTION” is encouraging and hopeful. The guiding principles – “The Peace Pledge” was created in 2006 by the kid members of the first chapter after they were asked these fundamental questions:
“What does peace mean to you?”
“What do you want our world to look like?”
“What can you do to create the world you wish to see?”
“What do you want to pledge yourself to?”
The children involved in this organization offer their knowledge, skills, hopes, dreams and even innocence. In return, these Kids for Peace children receive confidence, empowerment and a desire to make a difference. Many have seen and experienced, first hand, the benefits of participation – not only for the children, but for our families, our community and our world. Watch this short video to see what the Kids for Peace members are saying and doing!
"Since its founding in 2006, Kids for Peace has: engaged 35,000 child peacemakers; launched 145 chapters in 26 countries; sent 5000+ Peace Packs to 38 countries; and, inspired 75,000+ hours of community service. "
There are four impactful programs that 100 worldwide chapters participate in on a monthly basis:
Blazon Laurels, Inc. is a proud partner for The Great Kindness Challenge. Additionally, our family leads a neighborhood chapter in San Diego (Co-leaders are Mommy and 7-year old daughter team). We believe in KIDS FOR PEACE!
Kids for Peace is worthy of your attention, support and participation, too. Whether you are a parent, teacher, neighbor or executive, there are ways you can be involved!
It’s important that you know how credible, trustworthy and effective Kids for Peace is! Check out their ratings as a 2013 Top Rated Non-Profit by Great Non-Profits and as a Gold Star Exchange Trusted Partner for GuideStar. Now, you can rest assured your support will make a grand difference in an honorable organization’s path to success. Here are just a few ways you can participate with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness Challenge:
- Open a chapter in your neighborhood or school.
- Sponsor The Great Kindness Challenge through your company.
- Buy “Peace Through Our Eyes” or “Wish Big” books or help fund the next book publication of art and inspiration designed by the kids.
- Sponsor children in the Shiner GE Kids for Peace School in Kenya for their annual tuition, uniforms and meals.
- Donate monies for kids to join the 2013 New York Peace Pledge Tour.
- Offer your support, whether time or money, for ANY Kids for Peace program you feel compelled to see succeed.
Thank you for all you are doing to make our world better for us and future generations.
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Jamie Reinhardt currently works at the Governance and Accountability Institute in NYC, New York. She is working as a Global Reporting Initiative report analyst and exploring different trends in GRI reports from S&P 500 companies. As an MBA-candidate at Baruch College, Jamie is the president of the Sustainable Business Club, which is Baruch’s Net Impact chapter. Previously, she worked for the Center for Creative Leadership on the Latin American Intern Initiative and for an international shipping company in operations and logistics. She hopes to combine her past and present experiences to make a real difference in the future with regards to sustainability in the corporate environment.
New York’s Stone Barns Farm and Restaurant … Worth a visit!
As part of my work this summer on a sustainable development project, I visited a farm called Stone Barns outside of NYC. Stone Barns is an education center for food and agriculture, as well as
a working farm. A colleague and I took a train that runs along the Hudson River up to the farm’s location in Pocantico, NY. It’s hard to believe that only 25 miles outside of Manhattan you can find such a pristine natural setting.
Driving up to the entrance of Stone Barns is beautiful. The green rolling pastures are laid out in front of you and the main structure is a barn made out of stone, hence the name. The main building is gorgeous. It looks like original old stone, but the structure is well kept and has been updated so that it is very modern inside. There is a large open courtyard in the middle which was full of school children at the time we were there, since a huge part of their mission is to teach young kids where their food actually comes from. My colleague told me a story about how one of her friend’s children refused to eat carrots from a farmers market since they were dirty and “from the ground”. The child wanted to go get the “clean” carrots from the store. I’m pretty sure I had similar feelings when I was a child which only shows how important Stone Barns’ mission to educate children, really is.
"There is a disconnect that exists between the food we eat and its origins that needs to change in order for us all to live sustainable and healthy lifestyles."
Things I Carry: Connection is the first but not necessarily the most important
Connection to people, organization and knowledge
My iPhone and iPad Mini offer me a way to connect on many levels. First, I can communicate traditionally with a phone call, quickly with a text or virtually with social media forums. Then, I can keep track of appointments and to do’s. Next, I can document with photos. Last, I can read, research and revel.
Nourishment for my mind and body
I carry a refillable water bottle, tea, sweetener and some snacks. My favorite tea is Egyptian Licorice Mint by Yogi (introduced to me by a dear friend) with a drop of SweetLeaf Stevia. The snack is either a Clif Bar or something a bit sweeter like Australian black licorice or Endangered Species organic chocolate.
Relaxation for peace of mind
Music is a must. Either Pandora or predesigned iTunes song lists. Also, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that can drown out all the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, it’s valuable to recharge and music seems to set the mood.Read More »
Cheryl DePonte is a Human Resources Learning and Performance Specialist at The Ken Blanchard Companies and has over 15 years experience in the fields of organizational effectiveness and human resources development.
Leadership as an Experience in Humanness
At the beginning of my career, desperate for experience, I took whatever job I could in my field. Fortunately, my first manager treated employees and customers like gold. Luck struck twice when I was hired by yet another wonderful manager.
Regrettably, subsequent managers provided the “opportunity” to witness appalling treatment of both employees and customers. Still relatively naïve, I unconsciously swept their behavior under the rug in an attempt to gain valuable experience.
As my skill-set grew, I became disillusioned with my own attempts to lead. Emulating a combination of previous managers, who overall, seemed successful, led to followers who appeared blatantly angry, humiliated, and hostile. Advised not to take it personally, I couldn’t help but wonder what I was doing wrong and how I could change. With a warrior mentality, I read every work regarding leadership I could find and studied leaders as if by doing so I could internalize their success merely by being in their presence.