Jason O'Neill – Giving Back for a Great Cause
Teddy bears fill the home of child entrepreneur Jason O’Neill. The teddy bears are every size, shape, and color, and they nearly take over the house. This is because Jason collects these teddy bears in order to donate them to sick children at Christmastime. This video tells the story of Jason and his Christmas teddy bear drives. Additional Resources: Here’s…Read More
Kids' Books Can Give Lessons for Life
Life has its ups and downs, and for a kid, the downs can sometimes be overwhelming. Experiences such as a death in the family, a bullying situation, or even a move can have a significant impact on a kid. Oftentimes, when faced with difficult situations, kids are reluctant to express the confusion or frustration they feel and end…Read More
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
Almost every day we hear stories about people who have done extraordinary things in their lives. But what we don’t realize is that often these people started out in very ordinary ways. This video shows a number of these ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things. Additional Resources: Here’s a website that tells the stories of more ordinary people…Read More
Powerful Role Models – Seven Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Children
Calling all parents! Raising kids is one of the most important jobs you will ever do. You nurture your children, care for them, and teach them the values that will help them grow into great adults. And you also lead by example, serving as a role model, as your kids try to be just like you! So what…Read More
InventNow.org Is a Children's Invention Community!
The InventNow website is a fun place that has tools and “camps” organized around inventions. It includes helpful information on the process of creating and bringing an invention to market, including links to the US patent office. This video, from the InventNow website, shows a clever invention a young girl created to help her brother! Additional Resources: Here is…Read More
Livestrong Dares – Take a Dare and Change Your Life!
Livestrong Dares is a program created by the Livestrong Foundation. It offers a group of dares that challenge people to make improvements in everything from health and fitness to bad habits to relationships. And as people take these dares, they can look to the Livestrong Dares website for support and encouragement. Here is a video in which…Read More
Butterflies – Inspiring Program That Works with Children In Need
Butterflies is a wonderful program in India that works with kids in need. The program contains four shelters and 12 educational centers for kids. The program helps 1,000 children in New Delhi and is democratic, meaning it allow kids to be involved in decision-making. This video show the Butterflies program in action! Additional Resources: Here is an article that gives…Read More
Amazing Athletes – Wrestler Rohan Murphy
This is the story of Penn State wrestler Rohan Murphy. His severe disability never interfered with his passion for sports. This video tells Rohan’s story. Additional Resources: Here is Rohan’s website. This video is a Nike commercial featuring Rohan as he aimed to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Topics for Discussion: How has Rohan been able…Read More
Katy Sullivan – 2008 Beijing Paralympian
Katy Sullivan was born without legs, but she didn’t let that stop her from living life to the fullest. After trying out various sports and even successfully pursuing a career in acting, Katy decided to get into running. In March 2006, she got a pair of carbon fiber legs and started running for the first time. In just…Read More
Norman Vaughan – "Dream Big and Dare To Fail"
Adventurer Norman Vaughan was a member of Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1928 expedition to the South Pole, serving as a dog handler. In 1930, Admiral Byrd named one of the peaks he conquered during his expedition after Norman and two other dog handlers. And it was then that Norman decided he wanted to scale the peak that had been named after him.…Read More
Davyon Johnson – 11 Year Old Superhero Saves Two People in One Day!
Davyon Johnson, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, doesn’t understand what all the attention is about. In his words, he just “did the right thing.” And while that is true, saving not just one, but two people on the same day is kind of a really big deal. In fact, it is the stuff superheroes are made of!…
16-Year-Old Coffee Entrepreneur Ben Cloud Rises Above
Ben Cloud is a 16-year-old junior at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He is also a successful business owner and an inspiration to other young people in his community and beyond. Ben’s story is one of creativity, perseverance, and proactivity. Let’s explore how this young man took an idea and his…
Max Woosey – 11 Year Old Camps Out 500 Straight Nights to Help Others
Max Woosey, an 11-year-old from the United Kingdom, has spent his time during COVID doing something pretty meaningful. And hard. He slept in a tent for over 500 nights in a row. And he did this not only because he loves the outdoors but in service to others. Who is Max and why did he…