What is the Big Picture?
The purpose of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge is to empower youth to change their world with kindness. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge program teaches today’s youth to be effective, caring and proactive leaders. The Kindness Challenge emphasizes respect for others, promotes responsible decisions, creates a positive atmosphere, develops empathy, strengthens the school community and increases positive behaviors.
What is the challenge?
We challenge everyone on campus to do five acts of kindness every day for 21 school days.
Who runs the program?
The 21 Day Kindness Challenge is run by student leaders with assistance from a Lead Teacher or Lead Parent (or a combination of the two). The student leaders are responsible for planning, announcing, and organizing weekly Kindness Projects. The Lead Teacher/Parent provides guidance and support as needed.
How do you measure your acts of kindness?
There are several ways to measure an act of kindness. In the elementary and middle school program, participants are asked to write down the acts of kindness they do or see on Kindness Strips. Kindness Cards are another way to record acts of kindness. These materials are provided to the schools as part of the program. In the high school program, participants record acts of kindness they do or see in two ways: social media and Kindness Cards.
You say your purpose is to empower youth to change their world with kindness. How do you do that?
Student leaders learn to be effective, caring and proactive leaders. Student leaders develop their public speaking skills. They learn effective ways to lead their peers, plan and organize kindness projects.
How much time does it take away from classroom teaching?
Teachers can spend as much or as little time on the program in the classroom as they want. Teachers may show optional 1 to 3 minute videos daily (provided). Additionally, we provide a list of optional weekly Kindness Projects for classroom teachers to do with their students.
Is there a specific time frame as to when to hold the 21 Day Kindness Challenge?
The Kindness Challenge fits into your school's schedule! Your school decides when the best time to hold the Kindness Challenge will be. That said, we do have a few recommendations. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge makes the greatest impact and lasting change when it is held over 21 consecutive school days. The lead person will need some time to prepare, in order to complete our online training program and meet with the school community - classroom teachers, other participating staff and parents (optional) - to explain the Kindness Challenge and distribute materials. The lead person also meets with the student leaders for three 30 minute meetings prior to kicking off the Kindness Challenge for the entire school. In all, the 21 Day Kindness Challenge takes about seven weeks from planning inception to celebration day. We suggest scheduling 3 weeks of planning time, followed by 4 school weeks (21 school days) in which the Kindness Challenge takes place. Kindness coaches report spending about 2 hours/week during that time frame working on the Kindness Challenge.
How much does it cost?
We want as many schools to participate in the 21 Day Kindness Challenge as possible! We have designed our packages to be very cost effective. Please see our program package options in our store.
What are some things students can do to bring the 21 Day Kindness Challenge to their school?
Students have raised money to bring the 21 Day Kindness Challenge to their schools in several ways. Some school districts have special funds set aside for anti-bullying or wellness campaigns. Students, parents, and administrators have reached out to their parent groups (PTA, parent alliance, etc.) or to community organizations (rotary clubs, 4-H, chamber of commerce, Lions Clubs, etc.) for support. Other ways that student leaders raise money for the program are through small events such as bake sales, rummage sales, run/walks, etc. We believe that giving students the opportunity to raise money for the program provides them with invaluable leadership and career skills.
What data supports your success rate?
We are in the process of evaluating the data from our two-year pilot program. We had 13 schools participate. We will update you on the data as soon as we have the information.
How many Acts of Kindness have you tallied thus far?
Our current tally is 150,000 Acts of Kindness this year. We will continue to update that number as more schools take on the Challenge!
How do I sign up my school?
Visit our store for more information.
What types of programs are available for different school sites?
Visit our programs page to find out more about our three program offerings.
Do you have a program for the 21 Day Kindness Challenge to be completed at a church youth group, preschool, Girl Scouts group or other youth centered groups?
Our 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition works well in small group environments.
Do you have a corporate program?
We do not currently have a corporate program. We are in the process of developing a program to fit the needs of corporations around the world.
How did the program get started?
Read more on our press page and about us page.
I have more questions. Where can I get answers?
Please contact us by filling out the form on our contact page. We would love to hear from you!