Kids Are Heroes

Common Sense Media says

Grassroots site honoring kid volunteers is sparse but sweet.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids see the cool and unique volunteer projects that other kids are doing, and get inspired to get involved, too. There's also a message board feature so kids who read heroes' stories can leave encouraging messages and positive feedback.

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Consumerism

One portion of the site is dedicated to the logos for and  information about the businesses who support this site and related projects. There's also a section that kids (with parents' help) can directly donate to this and other youth-driven volunteer projects.

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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.

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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.
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volunteer organizations that kids can get
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involved in (currently only 11 states are listed and not many volunteer
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organizations). There's also YouTube videos, printable games, and a
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blog.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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