A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a fledgling site that could be the start of something big. Created in 2008 by a nine-year-old girl and her dad, this site highlights kids who are using their lives to better their little corner of the planet -- or even the entire world. With a little more time and publicity, this site could be a major force for good in youth volunteerism.
What's it about?
KIDS ARE HEROES is a true grassroots effort at encouraging more kids to get involved in their community and the world. Started by the efforts of one volunteer-loving girl, her dad, and their own service dog, this site is in its building stages and should be viewed with that in mind. The creators are working on a database of Canadian and U.S.
volunteer organizations that kids can get
involved in (currently only 11 states are listed and not many volunteer
organizations). There's also YouTube videos, printable games, and a
Is it any good?
It's worth a trip to this site just to read the stories about each hero's volunteer efforts. And if you're a parent or teacher and have a hero-kid to nominate for some positive recognition, this is the place to go. Otherwise, there's currently little else of substance
here. Site creators admit they're working on a shoestring and need more funding to ramp up their worthwhile efforts. If Kids Are Heroes added some more general how-to info about how kids can start their own volunteer efforts, more links to kid-friendly volunteer sites, and perhaps better technology for the message boards, it could become a stellar site.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about each of these hero-kids' stories. There is a treasure trove of positive examples here of kids feeling inspired by a cause and going for it. What is your kid inspired to do? What issue or cause really weighs heavy on their heart? If it's one of the causes already listed here, connect with the kid-hero and ask how your family can help.