To encourage and facilitate social entrepreneurial and cause-related projects and events that:
One thing is true: people want to see good in the world. All it takes is for one person to ignite a spark and the world is changed forever.
Mischa Zimmermann lit that spark in creating Kids Helping Kids back in 1997. He did it as a young teen, all the while dealing with a malignant brain tumor. His compassion and strength inspired passion and mobilized others around him --his friends and schoolmates, along with their parents, teachers, and even complete strangers. Together through Kids Helping Kids, they set out to change the whole world for the better---starting locally in their own community. Their dedication and commitment has help grow Kids Helping Kids into a nationally recognized organization that has motivated literally hundreds of kids to help peers facing catastrophic illnesses.
Currently, in its 17th year, the organization is still thriving--with many of the original "kids" still involved even as they set up their "adult" lives. And their youthful spirits still fuel the work of Kids Helping Kids. But the organization is moving in different ways… just like the "kids" are. Recently, Kids Helping Kids has broadened the scope of its fundraising activities.
Now Kids Helping Kids is encouraging everyone at any age who feels that "teen" spirit in them and who wants to contribute, to first use their talents to organize unique events and experiences to benefit the cause. Maybe someone is an actor, a dancer, musician ---or a marathon runner. A small business owner… restauranteur, fashion designer … , event planner…… photographer…teacher ..whatever the role may be, Kids Helping Kids is here to help showcase your activity, all the while funds are being raised to further the Kids Helping Kids’ mission.
An example is the newly launched Kids Helping Kids Comedy "Fun-raisers". In late 2013, Kids Helping Kids held its first fundraising comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Many Kids Helping Kids alumni, along with new members, gathered for an evening featuring 10 young comedians. Sara Armour and Laura Willcox had joined Kids Helping Kids as young teens and now both are professional comedians. Telling side-splitting jokes to a packed room not only raised money and awareness, but it was certainly a most fitting tribute to Mischa, who loved humor and used it often even after he got sick..Cracking jokes from his wheelchair, knowing this would put eveyone around him at ease was the reason he became known as a "sit-down" comic. In fact, the year before his death, Mischa was studying comedy writing and had dreams of entering that world.
And like Mischa's vision, this show was only the beginning. As of early 2014, the Comedy Cabaret To Benefit Kids Helping Kids was created and will become a monthly feature starting in April 2014 and an ongoing event at the Gotham Comedy Club. For more details link to www.gothamcomedyclub.com
The "kids" have also found other ways to benefit Kids Helping Kids through social entrepreneurship. Molly Zimmermann, a jewelry designer and Mischa's sister, created a matching ring and necklace line to benefit Kids Helping Kids. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the "Slice of Life" jewelry line will benefit Kids Helping Kids.
Other kids have organized similar special projects, including making bracelets for bridal parties, collecting funds at sporting events, and directing their contest winnings/awards to Kids Helping Kids. Many others have decided to ask for donations to Kids Helping Kids rather than accepting gifts at their sweet 16s, bat/bar mitzvahs, graduations, and more.
Carrying forward Mischa's vision, Kids Helping Kids will continue to inspire and energize "kids" of all ages. And truly, the world will continue to change for the better.
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