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Kid Heroes

World-Changing Youth Voices

“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation”- Nelson Mandela

You may think that kids who make a difference all come from one place or look a certain way, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Kids all around the world are offering new ideas and taking a stand for what they believe in, no matter how big or small the issue is. And as a result, they are helping make our world a better place for us all. Today at Camp Kinda, you’ll meet some of these change-makers and investigate ways in which you can start to make a difference as well.


what you’ll need



Ask About Today

What are some of the ways kids have changed the world? Do any stand for causes you’re passionate about?

Dinner Discussion

If you could invent something that solves a global or national issue, what would the invention be and how would it work?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.


30-45 minutes


Kids Calling for Change

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Making a difference—whether in your own community or across the world—starts with activism. And activism takes many shapes and forms. See how these 10 young people saw a problem and took a stand to solve it using different strategies and styles.

Traumatic Events

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.


Amazing Kid Inventors

In addition to leading movements for social change, kids have been doing other amazing things throughout history—like inventing world-changing stuff. Did you know the Braille alphabet was created by a French teenager? Or that the first TV came from the mind of a farm boy in Idaho? Find out more in this article.


A History of Youth-Led Movements

Click through this terrific interactive timeline of groundbreaking youth-led movements in the United States since 1903.


Advice from Kid President

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We wanted to hear what the President (Kid President, that is...) thinks it takes to change the world. Let's find out.


60-90 minutes

Understanding what people think and why is an important first step in bringing about change of any kind. Today, you’ll create a survey to learn how your family, friends, or neighbors feel about a certain issue. By the end of the week, you’ll create your very own public awareness campaign and their responses will help you brainstorm and organize possible solutions.


Brainstorm Issues You Care About

Start by brainstorming a list of issues you care about or a change you would like to see. It doesn't have to be something huge. For example, you might want people to drive more carefully on your street, or protect certain kinds of animals, or take better care of your natural environment. What matters to you?


Create Some Questions

Pick the issue or change you care about most, then think of what questions you’d like to ask your community to see if they share your values.

For instance, if you're interested in keeping your neighborhood cleaner, you might ask questions like:

- Do you think litter is a problem in our neighborhood? Circle "Yes" or "No"
- How often do you see trash in our neighborhood when you are walking or driving around?
- What do you think is the main reason that people leave litter around here?

- Where do you notice the most trash in our neighborhood?
- Would you be willing to do something to help keep our neighborhood cleaner?


Build Your Survey

Pick your best questions and make sure they are clear and easy to understand. Then type them into a document on a computer or write them out by hand. You can also consider using an online survey like Google Forms to collect responses by email.

Click the button to see an example of a survey one family used to learn about kids' lunch choices and experiences at school.

Pro tip: Think about using multiple-choice answers to make it easier for you to collect and analyze your survey results!


Collect Responses

Think about who should complete your survey and how you can get it to them. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can make several copies of your survey by hand and distribute them in your neighborhood with a parent, or ask questions in person and record their answers.

Snap a photo! We'd love to see you in action. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.


30-60 minutes


Get Pumped for Change

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Making phone calls to law makers, protesting in the streets with your family, and even passing out and collecting your surveys from today requires stamina! Before you can hit the streets, you’ve gotta be able to take the heat.


Trash Scavenger Hunt

Want to start making a difference today? Join your family on a trash scavenger hunt. Bring gloves and bags to pick up trash around your neighborhood. Make a list to sort trash into separate categories like plastics, cans, styrofoam, and the first person who picks up an item from each category wins!