What is Children for Change?
Who We Are
Children for Change (C4C) is an extracurricular, service-learning club with chapters in all five schools in the Ross Valley School district. Our mission is to create a new generation of global citizens by inspiring empathy and action in youth through fun, engaging and thoughtful curriculum and meaningful volunteer outreach at school, in the local community and abroad. Success will come in the creation of a new generation of youth who inherently look outwards and actively help others in need to create change for good.
The Club started in 2014 under the name Free the Children at Wade Thomas Elementary by two fourth grade boys - Cayden and Bayley Bauer with support from their mom - Annelise Bauer. In 2015, the club expanded to White Hill Middle School and in the 2016-17 school year, Manor, Hidden Valley and Brookside Elementary Schools all launched chapters making club membership an impressive 11% of the entire Ross Valley School District student body. 2016 was a banner year for the club, as it not only expanded its reach into the community, but also created a board of directors and changed its name to Children for Change to more accurately reflect the mission of empowering children to make a difference in their world.
Our "Let Kids Lead" Approach
In support of our vision to create global citizens, we empower our members to lead C4C by playing an integral role in the organization's major decisions, activity and growth. Curriculum topics for each year are determined by the interest areas of the children as defined by a majority vote. In addition, our quarterly Summits (led by the students) provide the unique opportunity to brainstorm, debate and decide just how club funds are spent each year. Members also give presentations to district board members, students, teachers and local business owners to share the C4C mission and goals. Our members are an impressive bunch as they continually rise to the expectations placed upon them, succeed in their goals and are always up for just about anything![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
The Chapter Structure
The Club consists of weekly lunchtime meetings for 3rd-5th graders and after-school and weekend activities, which are open to all grades and their families throughout the district. Lunchtime meetings are used to explore topics in greater detail thru role play and fun, hands-on activities which get the kids to step into someone else’s shoes, build empathy and learn how to take action to make change.
We also provide several guest speakers from each topic area who share personal experiences, knowledge and guidance on how or kids can help. Many of these speakers and fun special events are also shared with the entire school student body in scheduled assemblies to help spread the learning to all.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Children for Change Projects
- SCHOOL: Projects include "Service Saturdays" to beautify the school or activities that spread goodness around campus as identified by the students. Some school-wide efforts include the Adopt A Family Program which brings together the entire student body behind a goal to provide gifts to families in need at the Holidays.
- LOCAL COMMUNITY: Volunteer opportunities at food banks, soup kitchens, elder-care facilities, residences for differently abled people, beach and park clean-up help to contextualize the key learnings in the classroom.
- INTERNATIONAL: These service projects offer the C4C kids the opportunity to start think globally by broadening their horizons and awareness beyond their immediate community. Each year a group of C4C members travel to another country to do service in the areas of clean water acquisition, eradication of hunger, education and other such areas of need.
In the 2017-18 school year, we plan to share our offering in two ways:
- Expansion into the K-2 grades with an adjunct program focused solely on creating fun activities and field trips in support of the existing curriculum for these grades.
- Pilot programs throughout the Bay Area to share the magic of our unique service learning approach with other schools both public and private. C4C Pilot Programs will be closely monitored, help further improve our C4C model and allow us us touch more children with the teachings of empathy inspired action.
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