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The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.

A Kinder World Starts Here: Join the 7-Day Kindness Challenge
Posted 03/08/2023 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Alumni

Ask any parent what they dream for their child, and you’re less likely to hear things like CEO, doctor or teacher and more likely to hear sentiments like happy, healthy and kind. 

But with all the challenges in the world today, kindness often feels like the exception rather than the rule. 

That’s why it’s important that kids know kindness is always trending. 

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a 7-Day Kindness Challenge and pledge to do one simple act of kindness every day for a whole week. You’ll receive a downloadable daily calendar — complete with a week’s worth of ideas! 💙

Here’s are a few tips to help you get started: 

  • Read how Club kids are changing their community for the better. Inspired? We thought so! 📚
  • Invite others to join you. The best part about kindness? Anyone can do it! 🫶
  • Complete all seven days of kindness and then pick one act of kindness that you can continue on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis (because we know you have it in you!)  🗓️

Did you know? When making a decision, 85% of Club youth say they try to think about how other people will be affected. From learning how to have constructive conversations to cultivating a sense of belonging and acceptance, Boys & Girls Clubs model kindness to create compassionate, conscientious kids who grow up with the character and confidence to change our communities for the better. 

In a world where they can be anything, let’s build a future where kids choose to be kind. 


7-Day Kindness Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 7-Day Kindness Challenge?
The 7-Day Kindness Challenge is a year-round challenge hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to encourage everyone to model kindness in our communities. It’s free to participate and download the calendar — all we ask if that you complete one simple act of kindness every day for an entire week to complete the challenge. 

Why kindness?
62% of Americans believe that people most often “just look out for themselves” rather than trying to help others (Pew Research Center). But at Boys & Girls Clubs, we’re on a mission to change that! In fact, 92% of Club kids want to help when they see someone having a problem. Why? Because we give kids the care, confidence and connection to become anything they can dream — and Club kids dream to be kind. 

Plus, research shows that one kind act can have a ripple effect — encouraging others to pay it forward and even lowering blood pressure and stress levels. Here’s to a happier, healthier you! 

Can my kids participate in the challenge with me?
Absolutely! From helping a neighbor to combating bullying, kindness is something we can all be a part of. The 7-Day Kindness Challenge is a great way to teach kids the impact of being kind. The calendar we provide makes it easy to plan simple activities with your children and check them off to track your progress.
How do I get my downloadable kindness calendar? 
Just enter your contact information in the form above and you’ll receive an email with a link to the calendar. From there, you can download it and check off each day’s challenge throughout the week!

Do I have to start on a Monday? 
The great thing about kindness is you can practice it all the time! The calendar provided has 7 simple kind acts, one for each day of the week. Feel free to start your challenge when you’re ready — whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the week! 

What happens if I forget to do my act of kindness one day? 
Don’t stress. You won’t be penalized for missing a day. But remember, your one kind act can have a lasting impact and even encourage someone else to pay it forward. We encourage you to try to make up for those missed days by tackling an extra kind act on other days. 

Is there a way to do this school-wide with elementary school students?
We'd love to have elementary students participate in the Challenge and designed the daily acts of kindness to be kid-friendly! We recommend making photo copies of the calendar so you can track your acts of kindness as a class. 

What is the Boys & Girls Club? 
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs daily. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a typical year, more than 4,700 Clubs serve 4.3 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country and serve military families in affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. 

I’d like to make a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. How do I do that?  
Every donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America helps provide a safe place for kids in communities across the country where they can access critical meals and snacks, help with schoolwork, positive adult influences and access to opportunities that may not otherwise be possible to ensure a great future. Click here to give today. 



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