Some weeks ago an article headed Raising a Moral Child caught our eye in the New York Times. How does this article relate to what we’re doing? Here’s our three paragraph key point summary:
“When people in 50 countries were asked to report their guiding principles in life, the value that mattered most was not achievement, but caring”.
“Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do. If you don’t model generosity, preaching it may not help in the short run, and in the long run, preaching is less effective than giving while saying nothing at all.”
“People often believe that character causes action, but when it comes to producing moral children, we need to remember that action also shapes character. As the psychologist Karl Weick asks ‘How can I know who I am until I see what I do? How can I know what I value until I see where I walk?'”
Kids Giving Back is about action and involvement. We provide the space for the magic of giving back to happen. We offer opportunities for kids, teens, families, youth groups and school communities to work side by side, modeling generosity and demonstrating their values as they give back to other individuals and communities.
Kids Giving Back runs its own programs – Cook for Good, Scones for Good, and In Their Shoes, and we also offer volunteering opportunities with our charity partners across Greater Sydney. And while most of our programs are local we also offer volunteering opportunities in Thailand and Cambodia with our fantastic Thailand based partner, The Bamboo Project.
Everything we offer involves kids participating with peers or teachers, youth leaders or parents (grandparent/aunt/uncle/other adult family members). Working hand in hand toward a common cause, the younger generation looks to the older for guidance, while the older continues to be inspired by what they see the younger generation doing for others. It’s a powerful cycle and each week we watch it gain momentum.
Head to 0ur website and look at our Why Volunteer page – you’ll find plenty of great reasons for joining the Kids Giving Back movement http://kidsgivingback.org/why-volunteer-2/
To read the full article: Raising a Moral Child, Adam Grant NYT April 11, 2014 http://nyti.ms/1egeF4c