Kids Korps members build bikes, hold flower sale and more


Kids Korps USA’s “Teen Task Force: Bike Build 2012”

On Sunday, April 22, in celebration of Global Youth Service Day (and Earth Day!), 50 volunteers gathered to assemble brand new bikes for 25 children from the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club, along with leading safety demonstrations, and promoting healthy and environmentally-friendly transportation! Teen Korps Leaders (ages 12-18), along with millions of other young people around the world created positive community change during Global Youth Service Day weekend—the world’s largest and longest-running service event celebrated in more than 100 countries. “Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Kids Korps USA, for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as problem-solvers.”

Kids Korps USA was delighted to support our Teen Korps Leaders through the project-creation and implementation process, and is proud to recognize the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year! A special thanks to Starbucks Foundation and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for their generous support of our Teen Leadership programs.

If you have a teen between the ages of 12-18, check out our new “Give 12” program—engaging teen and adult in monthly community-based projects focused on 12 important themes starting with Military Appreciation for May! Visit: for more information.

Kids Korps Teacher Appreciation Flower Sale

By Samantha Frank, RSF Fourth Grade Student in Mrs. Joslyn’s Class

The Kids Korps Teacher Appreciation Flower Sale was a tremendous success this year that created two opportunities for the students. The first was to show the teachers that we care about them and that we love to learn. The second was to raise enough money to pay for a number of Camp Pendleton families to attend their first Padre’s game.

The students and parents had a great time this year. We had kids from kindergarten to eighth grade selling flowers just before the start of school at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School. The RSF Kids Korps’ job was to sell the flowers to other RSF students. We asked them to purchase a rose or carnation for their teachers, administration staff, maintenance staff and others to show the teachers and others how much we appreciate all they do for us. In the end, we sold out of 900 flowers in just about an hour, raising approximately $1,145. Wow, it was a big job but we loved doing it!

We would like to thank everyone for their support in selling and buying as many flowers as they could to support these two very important events.

Rancho Santa Fe Kids Korps and Roger Rowe School Complete 21st Classroom Act of Kindness Event

Since the program rolled out in December, the Roger Rowe School in partnership with Kids Korps completed its 21st Act of Kindness In-Class Event. The idea is to bring community service learning into the classroom. Mrs. Joslyn’s 4th grade class held a backpack and school supplies drive. The kids first voted on which organization they wanted to support. They selected New Alternatives Foster Care, a nonprofit corporation that provides culturally competent and family focused services to child victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. After hearing an overview from New Alternatives, Mrs. Joslyn’s class was very busy assembling the backpacks with all of the school supplies donated by the families in the classroom. For more information about New Alternatives Foster Care, go to their website at

During the event, the children added to their classroom chain of kindness, a visual reminder within their classroom to Give Back to others less fortunate. Their goal is to always remember that if just one person does something kind for someone else, then it will “start a chain reaction” of the same. (Rachel Scott/Rachel’s Challenge)


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