Lexi Kelley - Founder
Lexi Kelley, at the age of 12, started Kids Helping Kids in 2009 after recovering from facial reconstructive surgery. She felt the incredible power of kids coming together to help her after her accident. As she recovered, she wanted to keep the spirit of giving alive and use it to help other children in need and share the power that kids have to make a difference in the lives of others. The first project started with Lexi and only a few of her friends, giving other kids her age the opportunity to feel the impact, joy, and reward of helping others and the organization has continued to grow ever since.
In addition to over 800 hours dedicated to starting and growing KHK, in high school Lexi worked to earn her Shodan Black Belt in Kempo Karate, she was a part of an all-girls A cappella group, a tour guide at St. Luke’s School, a teammate on many different sports teams, and an avid dancer at Locus Performing Arts Center. The World Affairs Forum named Lexi Kelley as the winner of the Future Global Leader Award for Fairfield County and the $10,000 Merit Scholarship for college. She was also the recipient of the St. Lawrence University Book Award through St. Luke’s School and recipient of the United Way Outstanding Youth Organization Award.
After high school, Lexi moved to Easton, PA where she attended Lafayette College for her undergraduate degree. She pursued an International Affairs Major with a Minor in Chinese at Lafayette and enjoyed getting to take classes in a variety of different departments through the liberal arts focus. While at college, Lexi studied abroad in Shanghai, China for six months, which fueled her passion for travel even more. Lexi also spent time working in the College Writing Program as a Writing Associate, in the International and Off-Campus Study Abroad office, playing Women’s Ice Hockey, spending time volunteering in the local Easton community via her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, among other things that keep her very busy.
Lexi moved to Boston, MA after graduation and now works at Education First, in Cambridge. She followed her dreams of empowering more children and her love of travel and is able to help students to learn more about themselves, learn more about the world, and more about themselves in the world around them through international education. She works with teachers in Southern Mississippi to plan international travel programs for their students. She still holds the KHK mission close to heart as she works to change more students’ lives for the better and help to make these once-in-a-lifetime experiences open to as many students as possible.
She is excited to see where the future takes her and feels so lucky to have been able to see KHK
over the past ten years.