One of the things that makes Kids Caring 4 Kids so creative is that children are the main targets and agents for the fundraising. Kids are asked to empathize with fellow children in Africa and contribute small amounts of money to help the cause. The organization also appeals to children to host their own fundraisers to support the organization. On the Kids Caring 4 Kids website, there is list of suggested opportunities for kids to get involved with the cause. This ranges from the Just1 campaign that aims to have 200,000 kids each donate just $1 to raise the money needed to build a high school to hosting a dance-a-thon at a local high school to raise money. Other unique options include asking friends and family to bring donations for Kids Caring 4 Kids instead of gifts to a birthday party and having a musical perform at a local farmer's market to raise awareness and money. All of the options are accessible to children and teens who want to help. Along with the suggestions provided on the website, kids have the option to create their own fundraiser, allowing them to exercise their own creativity while supporting the cause. Throughout all of the possibilities, the main point stays the same: kids banding together to help other children who are less fortunate than themselves.
The way Kendall came up with the idea for Kids Caring 4 Kids is very unique and creative. Not only did she create a new non-profit organization at age eleven, but she also made the focus of that organization to be on empowering kids to create a positive impact on other kids who suffer from AIDS. Through this method, children are given a sense of purpose and potential. Kendall's motivation for creating the organization is also usual. As an eleven-year-old suffering from a liver disease and dealing with her own struggles, Kendall was deeply moved after learning about the suffering of other children across the world. Her compassion and intense desire to help them were her main motivation to start the non-profit. Kendall was able to affect so many powerful outcomes because of her intrinsic motivation. She did not have any outside factors motivating her to do all of that good for others. She simply wanted to do it because she enjoyed helping others and passionately wanted to do so. As Carl Rogers suggests, her intrinsic motivation is what has allowed Kendall and Kids Caring 4 Kids to be so successful. This intrinsic desire enabled her to create such a stong organization that might not have been the same if she was only working for an external reward. Because of this, Kids Caring 4 Kids remains a strong organization that is still working today to create better lives for children suffering in Africa. Below is a TED Talk where Kendall talks about her intrinsic motivations and desire to help children through self-actualization:
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