Project Helping was founded with the mission of improving mental wellness by providing meaningful, social, and accessible volunteer experiences. Our signature Kindfulness for Kids program builds mental wellness while also cultivating a lifelong habit of service and giving in young people ages 5-17.
Demand is high for this program with more than 2.5 youth/families wanting to volunteer for every available opportunity. We need funding to grow this program to meet high demand and support 1,000 youth/families in 2018.
It costs Project Helping $30 to recruit, communicate with, and engage each youth volunteer. For each $30 investment per youth participant, we can report an average 26% improvement in their mental wellness and an additional $114 in value contributed to the community through direct service with local partner nonprofits (2017 averages).
This highly scalable program, introduces youth to kindfulness and volunteering at young ages. Youth are able to take on leadership roles and/or return for additional kindfulness opportunities throughout the year. While serving the local community, our young volunteers build resiliency and an understanding of the importance of mental wellness and service. The program is currrently offered in Denver, Tampa, San Diego, and will soon be offered in Los Angeles.
The Kindfulness for Kids program builds resilience and encourages connection for youth/teens facing mental wellness challenges. Why?
*One in nine adolescent students will attempt suicide before they graduate high school.
*In 2015, 12.5% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode - lasting at least two weeks.
*94% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say that volunteering improves their mood.
If a youth feels isolated, lonely, or struggling with an mental wellness issue, they can participate in Kindfulness for Kids to engage with peers while helping others. This sense of connection is critical to healthy development. Every volunteer experience is designed to be fun, flexible and meaningful for youth and/or families with children participating together.