When you think of youth and summer, you might imagine lazy days playing video games, fun in the sun at sleep-away camp or ice cream-scooping summer jobs. Would you imagine that 14,000 youth would lead meaningful service projects in their communities? Well, they did.
This summer, we collaborated with Hasbro on The World Needs More Community Action Heroes campaign which asked kids and teens to join forces to do good. It turns out that youth are eager to use their free time to make a difference. We received service stories from around the globe on projects ranging from neighborhood disaster preparedness to human rights. After reviewing some of the most amazing service stories we’ve ever read, we selected 10 projects to receive $500 grants to continue their work.