Kids Helping Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in the summer of 2009 by Lexi Kelley. The idea to start KHK came from the small acts of kindness from many people that Lexi experienced at 12 years old while recuperating from a bad car accident in January of 2009. Lexi was so touched by their kindness that she thought to herself: “If we can continue to have lots of kids do just a little, we can really make a difference for those in need!” So Lexi and a small group of friends organized their first KHK project in order to give other kids her age the opportunity to feel the impact, joy and reward of helping others. As the team of volunteers has matured, KHK has also matured and we are now have over 2,000 kids from 117 different schools involved in one or more projects since 2009. Every project is youth inspired, developed and led!
The KHK mission is to develop leadership skills through youth-led service projects. All of our projects begin with an idea from one of our kids and are then designed, managed and led by a group of KHK kids that facilitate that project. Leadership skills are developed through hands on learning. Membership is free and open to all middle and high school students across the country. Members can volunteer in as many projects as they would like and we offer complimentary coaching as well, for students who are interested in designing their own projects. Grant money is also possible for students who need funding to begin their project.
“I believe that each of us–no matter what our age or background or walk of life–each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.” -U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama