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Cleaning gently used shoes to give to those in need at Create the Change Day 2019


Help Other Kids

Even if you go to the same school, you might not know what other kids’ lives look like when they go home.

Some might be in families struggling to put food on the table. Others might be battling illnesses you can’t see or struggling to keep up with schoolwork.  

All kids should have a fighting chance to focus on being a kid and having fun. There are things you can do now to help make sure they do just that.

Ready to make a difference?

  • Download the Give Back App (iPhone | Android coming soon!) and find ways to help other kids near you
  • Create an account so you can favorite activities and causes, earn points and badges, track your hours, and see your impact
  • Use our our activity finder and choose Help Other Kids
  • Read on to learn more about this cause…

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Did you know…

of people in poverty are kids. 

1 in 5
kids struggle with learning disabilities and differences. 

of America’s fourth graders don’t read at a proficient level. 

About 1 in 8 houses
don’t know when their next meal will be. 

1 in 30 kids
in the U.S. are homeless. 

children are placed into foster care in the U.S. every year.

Making cards with notes of encouragement at Create the Change Day 2019

How can you help?

The easiest thing you can do for a child or teen in need is to be kind–friendship can go a long way. But there are other ways you can help make their lives a little easier and brighter: 

  • Share what you have. Do you have clothes that don’t fit, books you’ve already read, or toys you can part with? You can donate gently used items from home to help homeless families or children in tough situations. 
  • Host a basic goods drive. From coats when it’s cold to school supplies in the fall, there are lots of things you can collect and donate to help kids year-round. Consider holding a new sneakers and socks drive at your school, after school club, or place of worship. 
  • Help with schoolwork. School doesn’t come easy to everyone. Offer to tutor a struggling classmate with schoolwork in a subject that clicks with you. You can even become a reading partner for someone younger.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Some shelters have opportunities to give back specifically to kids, as well as whole families. See how you can help kids at the homeless shelter near you. Here’s just one example.
  • Find a cause near you. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up for what matters. Start your search now. 

These are just some of the inspiring partners we work with to help kids across the nation:

  • Gotta Have Sole. Founded by a 12-year-old, this project gives brand new sneakers to homeless kids across the U.S. (National)
  • Together We Rise. This group helps provide resources and assistance to children in foster care, making their experience a little easier. (Los Angeles) 
  • Reading Partners (Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley). Dedicated to giving kids the support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade, Reading Partners helps kids succeed in school and life.
  • 826 Boston and 826 LA. By empowering kids to become writers, 826 Boston and 826 LA help young people everywhere learn the power of their words, channel their creativity and discover who they are.


Keep reading.

A great way to start helping other kids is to understand what they’re going through. Here are a few different resources to help you see what life is like for other children and teens.

The books, websites, charities, and/or other entities we share does not imply explicit endorsement by PGK, nor does PGK have any responsibility for the content provided by other organizations or websites. Content on this site is provided for informational purposes only.


Elementary school readers


Maddi’s Fridge
by Lois Brandt (Author), Vin Vogel (Illustrator)




A Shelter in Our Car
by Monica Gunning (Author), Elaine Pedlar (Illustrator)



Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts (Author), Noah Z. Jones (Illustrator)




Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator)




by Adam Eisenson




A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes



A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams



Beatrice’s Goat
by Page McBrier (Author) and Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator)


Middle school readers



Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan 





No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children
by Judith Berck





Changing Places: A Kids View of Shelter Living
by Judy Wallace, Glen Finland and Margie Chalofsky





Rufus M
by Eleanor Estes (Author), Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)



High school readers



Trash by Andy Mulligan





Make Lemonade
by Virginia Euwer Wolff





Now is the Time for Running
by Michael Williams





Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
by Liz Murray




Online Resources

Together We Rise [Blog Post]
In this blog post from one of our partners, a boy shares his experience as a volunteer foster brother and how he’s finding ways to help. 


UN Sustainable Development Goals
From access to clean water to basic education and health care, many kids around the globe don’t have what they need to live a healthy life. Check out the UN’s 17 goals for a better world and how you can make them a reality. 


Access Books [PSA]
Access Books, one of our partners, made this video to show how having a well-stocked library can improve literacy in kids. It might just inspire you to give back to your local library.

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