FAQ'S

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General

You can donate online by clicking here. We also accept checks made out to Riley’s Way Foundation and mailed to 30 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11227.

If you’d like to donate by other means (wire, stock donations, etc), please contact us via our contact page and we will be in touch.

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We will be announcing when the the next round of applications opens for the Call for Kindness later in 2019. Please stay tuned for more information!

Click here to learn more about the Youth Leadership Retreat.

If you are interested in more information or attending, please contact Laura Kikuchi at lkikuchi@rileysandler.org

Contact Lauren Shenkman at lshenkman@rileysandler.org to learn more.

Yes! Please contact us via our contact page and we will be in touch.

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Call for Kindness FAQs

Yes! You can watch our recorded info session to learn more about the Call for Kindness, walk through the application process, hear tips from current Fellows, and listen to answers to some frequently asked questions.

You can watch the recording at this link.

Click here to start your application. You’ll be able to see all of the questions once you sign up, and can save your progress, review, and edit before submitting.

You can submit any project that is teen-led and inspired by kindness, drives change in your community, and builds connections. Past projects have ranged from social justice projects to clubs at school, and anything in-between. Click here to learn more about the winners from the 2020 cohort.

Any US citizen or DACA recipient between the ages of 13-19 can apply. Applicants must reside in the United States.

No. You can choose to submit a new project idea, or if you have a project you are already working on, you can apply to improve or expand your existing project.

Yes! You can apply as an individual or as a group. If you are applying as a group, you only need to submit one application. Please note that you can only be listed as an applicant for one project (but you are welcome to assist on any project). All members of your group will be included in the leadership development program (see other questions for details).

Through this link, you will be able to submit a written or video application describing your project and a letter of support from your school or nonprofit partner and adult mentor. Submissions to the Call for Kindness close on April 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EST, and we will announce winners on May 6, 2021. Click here for a PDF with the application questions and requirements.

We ask that all projects have either the support of their school or a 501(c)(3) organization, depending on the scope of your work. Often, these will be your fiscal sponsor and receive the funds on behalf of your project and help you with managing the grant. They can also help with running your program and other program management (if needed). If you are creating a school club or doing work more locally, you might want to consider your school as a partner. If you are doing work on a larger scale, it might be easier to have a non-profit partner. The non-profit could be one you created.

Your partner organization must be a registered 501(c)(3). This means it can be your school or a nonprofit (including religious institutions). This organization’s work should be related to your project and should help further advance your initiative. The non-profit could be one you created.

Your adult mentor should be someone who will help and guide you with your project. They can be a teacher, coach, after school counselor, camp counselor, art/music/theater teacher, troop leader, or another adult mentor in your life. Often, past mentors have been a part of the project’s partner organization, but that is not a requirement. Ideally, your adult mentor is not your parent or guardian.

We will give prize money directly to the organization you will work with to implement your project. They will administer the funds to you throughout the year. This will be your school or a nonprofit partner.

The prize money can go towards expenses needed to implement or expand your project. You can spend the prize money in a variety of ways, such as: buying supplies to complete your project (i.e. food, books, or other materials), creating a website or designing an app, or hosting an event. However, you cannot spend the money to pay people for their time spent working on the project.

Winners will get notified May 6th via a virtual event! There will be a kick-off meeting in late May where all projects will come together to learn about the leadership development plan and what to expect over the next year. Partner organizations will be eligible to receive funds as soon as the program starts. Throughout the duration of Call for Kindness, winners will be able to meet with Riley’s Way staff for program support and attend monthly leadership development training.

As a Call for Kindness fellow you will have to submit quarterly blogs/vlogs and photos about the work you’ve been doing within your project. You will have access to a customized leadership development program where Riley’s Way staff will provide monthly workshops to strengthen your skill sets and create space to build and network with each other. Fellows will also help in the promotion of Riley’s Way mission and program throughout their communities.

Putting funding aside, Riley’s Way staff will also provide individual support to your programs and projects, connect you to outside supports, provide media and networking opportunities and much more! We will also provide monthly workshops covering different professional topics through the leadership development program.