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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What kind of world would you like to leave our future generations?
Your children and their children …
What can you do to make a difference?
Please spend two minutes with Julia Butterfly Hill, Author and Activist, watching this video.Read More »
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 »
During my morning walk, I realized that everyone is just trying to make a name for themselves! A name written on cement screams, “Please please remember me.” Tagging on the walls communicates many messages; one of which is I AM IMPORTANT. One wedding anniversary, I remember my husband also carved our names on the cliffs of La Jolla (along with many other people’s words of devotion). How romantic – a symbol of longevity! If our kids, parents, teachers, politicians, activists, and entrepreneurs just want to make a name for themselves … I ask, “Why not leave a legacy?” Why ONLY write your name on a wall or cement?
Be an example for all those you meet. Be the light that lights the candle (analogy for anyone who loved RENT as much as I did!). First, write a list of what gives you peace. Then what makes you happy. Then sad. Then angry. In these lists, you will find your legacy!
Many thought leaders before us have said that you gain as much, if not more, by giving rather than receiving. I know how, as Americans, our motto is BIGGER IS BETTER or I want more, more, more. What about switching it around to giving more, more, more? I’m not talking about giving away your hard earned buck$. Rather, devote your passion to make a positive change to pass on to future generations.
Americans … It’s in our nature to buy, buy, buy. Even after 9/11, as we mourned, our president asked us to go make purchases to save the economy. Capitalism is the basis of our system. We are bombarded with commercials and bill boards to increase our list of wants. Brand-placements have been subtly put in the movies to reach our subconscious. Every magazine offers a plethora of ‘things’ we must buy! If we could only have ____, we would be rich, thin or happy. It saddens me that we have built our self-esteem on what we have rather than the authentic relationships we nurture. This may be the environment we grew up in but it doesn’t have to be our reality.
What guides your purchasing decisions?
- What is the best product?
- What is the best price?
- What is trendy?
- What do the Jones’ have?
- Is there free delivery?
- What colors are available?
Now is the time to THINK DEEPER as a consumer and as a human being!
Have you thought about?
- What materials were necessary to build your coffee maker?
- Who assembles your child’s Aurora doll?
- How much water was needed to make your carpet?
- How much electricity was used in producing your car?
- How much waste was produced while making your wide-screen television?
All the questions listed above relate to the Supply Chain. These are valid and essential questions.
CALL TO ACTION #1
Consider every dollar you spend a vote! When you vote for products made with values of sustainability, you will be a driving force in inspiring companies to do the ‘right thing.’Read More »