Our Mission & Story

Our Mission & Story

“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

KHK Mission

The KHK mission is to develop leadership skills through youth-led service projects. We empower kids to turn empathy into action by designing and implementing service projects that benefit other children in the community.  All of our projects are created, planned and led by youth. They provide meaningful and enriching experiences, foster personal connections and fill a need for kids throughout the community. Our volunteers are elementary through high school students who are looking for opportunities to make an impact in their community. Kids can sign up to participate in any project based on their availability or choose to spark a project based on their own interests. We empower kids to become actively engaged in their community and beyond. Our model provides an opportunity for kids to develop critical skills, to find their voice as leaders and to make service a part of their lives. We help young people find their unique ability to make a difference in the world.

The mission of Kids Helping Kids is to develop leadership skills through youth-led service projects.

Our Story

Kids Helping Kids is a 501(c)3 organization founded in the summer of 2009 by twelve-year-old Lexi Kelley. Lexi received an incredible outpouring of support from friends, neighbors, and classmates after being involved in a serious car accident and undergoing facial reconstructive surgery. She was incredibly moved by this kindness and generosity and 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. KHK has now developed into a group of diverse middle and high school students working together, all committed to doing the same thing: improving of other kids while simultaneously developing their own leadership skills. As the team of volunteers has matured, KHK has also matured and we have had over 5,000 kids from 132 different schools involved in one or more projects. Every project is youth inspired, developed and led!

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