The tour will begin with a kickoff service project event at Team Kids founding school, Vista Verde Elementary in Irvine, CA. With passports in hand, local youth will engage in a special 15-year anniversary Team Kids Carnival facilitated by the Team Kids Youth Council that takes kids across the country, one activity station and passport stamp at a time. (link to Irvine Kickoff flyer)
Team Kids will have their first Tour stop in Tempe, where the Youth Council will have a random acts of kindness challenge competition. They will partner with the Tempe Police Department and split into teams. The teams will get a list of example random acts of kindness (e.g., helping people put their groceries in their cars, cleaning up trash in a public space), where each kind act is associated with a certain number of points. The team to collect the most points in an hour will win. They will follow it with a pizza party among the teen leaders and the officers. (TPD logo)
One out of every four El Pasoans live below the poverty line; 35% of them are children. Team Kids is partnering with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, a distribution partner of Feeding America, to sort and pack donated food items to be distributed through 114 local community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and feeding programs. (Fighting Hunger logo and photo)
Team Kids will partner with Housing Authority of San Angelo (HASA) to provide back to school supplies to resident children and facilitate an end of summer Team Kids Carnival with service-based lessons. PHA provides affordable housing and supportive services to over 2,300 individuals including 720+ children, close to 300 seniors, and 500+ persons with disabilities. (HASA logo)
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Team Kids will work alongside residents to landscape the campus, harvest community gardens, and tend to the chicken coops. Team Kids will lunch at their social enterprise cafe, the Community Grille and then perform random acts of kindness around the community. (Community First! Logo and photo)
Team Kids Youth Council will complete two projects in the Houston metro area. One group will go to a local laundry facility in Houston for a Laundry Love project. They will load the machines with coins for the customers and help fold the customers laundry as an act of kindness. The second group will partner with Volunteer Houston and Urban Harvest to prepare a school garden for the K-8 students to plant this fall.
Mission Ignition is a high school youth-led initiative of the United Way of Southeast LA and a national model for youth leading their peers in community service. Team Kids will partner with Mission Ignitions youth board and HandsOn New Orleans to beautify two blighted lots in the Central City neighborhood. Team Kids will landscape, paint murals to cover windows and doors of abandoned homes, and install window and door treatments. Following the service project, Team Kids will enjoy a meal at Caf Reconcile, a non-profit restaurant that runs an innovative life skills and job training program for local youth. (Mission Ignition logo, Hands On NO logo, Hands On NO photo)
Team Kids is partnering with the executive leadership and museum curators at the National Civil Rights Museum, who will facilitate a museum tour and a facilitated discussion afterwards about race, equality and equity in America today. While at the museum, Tour participants will examine the role of youth throughout the Civil Rights Movement and reflect on their own engagement in addressing diverse social issues. (NCRM logo)
Team Kids will facilitate a mini-Team Kids Carnival and onsite service project with the kids of City Faces in the Clinton-Peabody Public Housing community. Afterwards, Team Kids will be stopping by local cooling stations in St. Louis to pass out popsicles as a random act of kindness. (CF Logo Circle, Image 2)
Team Kids will engage in a town hall forum on youth philanthropy in America today, hosted by the Lilly Family School for Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students will facilitate the interactive forum. Team Kids will be joined by local youth leaders from Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana and ProAct Indy. (Lilly School logo)
Team Kids will host a pancake breakfast at PA National Guard Armory for local public safety, vets and military families to show our appreciation for their commitment to public safety and peace in our communities and abroad. Team Kids will tour with the National Park Service, Flight 93 Memorial and meet Camp Cadets of Somerset County. (PA National Guard logo and photo)
Team Kids will tour the 9/11 Memorial in New York and then present their Tour accomplishments to the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of Youth. Team Kids Youth Council leaders and college mentors will host a corporate retreat, with co-hosts United Nations Youth Envoy and Peace Day 365, to discuss engaging youth in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Peace Day 365 logo, UN Sustainable Goals logo) Learn more about sponsorship opportunities Individuals Corporations (Link to Corporate Sponsorship and Individual Giving) JOIN Infinite Hero Foundation (IHF logo), Red Digital Cinema (RED logo) and American Airlines (AA logo), Envoy (Envoy logo), Starbucks (Starbucks logo), US Coachways (US Coachways logo) and Wells Fargo (WF logo) and help fuel the bus: (Donate button link to Donate page) Help us reach our goal! [THERMOMETER]
Team Kids is partnering with the Pentagon Memorial Foundation to review their online education lesson plans for middle and high school students and provide feedback on the user experience. Team Kids will tour the Pentagon Memorial, inside the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery. The Pentagon public safety team will escort Team Kids tour bus from Arlington to 95N as Team Kids travels to New York City. (Pentagon Memorial logo)
Team Kids will organize and host a special Team Kids Carnival for the children and families of fallen military heroes at Fort Myer. Team Kids event (link to Arlington Event Flyer) will include service project stations that benefit its core community partners in Arlington, including the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The event will conclude with a special celebration of the impact Team Kids Arlington has advanced over the past three years. (AFAC logo, AWLA logo)
Team Kid Blake Stewart's Inspirational Single
Team Kids Servathon Original Song
Saturday, July 30 to Saturday, August 13, 2016
40 teen leaders and Team Kids alumni from cities across the country and 13 adult mentors.
This summer, teen leaders will partner with public safety officials and veterans to travel across America, completing service projects and random acts of kindness in celebration of Team Kids' 15th anniversary and to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.
The tour will begin with a kickoff service project event at Team Kids' founding school, Vista Verde Elementary in Irvine, CA. It will conclude in Team Kids' east coast anchor community of Arlington, VA, with an invitation to serve at and tour the Pentagon. Tour participants will then travel to New York City, where they will present their accomplishments to the United Nations in celebration of International Youth Day and host a corporate retreat with the UN on youth philanthropy in the U.S.
At each city stop, teen leaders will be partnering with local nonprofit organizations and innovative youth community leaders. They will tackle issues, such as: hunger, homelessness, children's health. literacy, youth civic engagement, animal care, and environmental protection and conservation.
A documentary film crew will capture the tour and produce a short film about the dreams of youth in America and their heroes who protect them. The film will be released by Team Kids with a Team Kids Challenge service project kit.