We are an energetic group of middle and high school age youth undertaking humanitarian and environmental efforts to make a positive difference in our local communities and across the globe. We are change makers, musicians, State Champions at sports and academics, valuable employees, published writers, artists, hikers, rock climbers, class officers, Scouts, theater players, comedians and more. We have a wide variety of interests, talents, and personalities, and go to different schools, but we share a dream.
Our goal is to assist individuals in need, work to improve our communities, and steward the natural world in which we live. We initiate humanitarian projects to create a more just, safe, and sustainable world, and environmental projects to strengthen resilience and biodiversity, locally and globally. While doing so, we learn life-skills and offer challenges that have changed our lives, our families, and our communities. Annually we provide over 8,000 hours of local help and 3,900 hours of environmental and humanitarian work in our global community.
We work for free!
Our history: Formed in 1998 in the Upper Valley area of Vermont, we became a non-profit 501c3 corporation in 2003. Phebe and Nika Meyers co-founded Change the World Kids in response to a disaster in the world overseas, an earthquake or war. Never thinking that documenting this moment would be important, a group of eight-year olds decided to take action. Traveling to the site was impractical, so they gathered a few friends and began helping individuals in the Woodstock community, hoping that their efforts would inspire a ripple effect for others to take action to help make the world a more peaceful and healthy place. They did things that eight-year olds could do. At first it was one job a month, then two, and now up to six a week. This includes summers and holidays. The first Change the World Kids’ job was gardening and washing windows for an elderly couple, both incapacitated by illness
The jobs were and continue to be greatly varied, from small to large and are found through a variety of channels. We were in the Area Brief section of local newspaper and other local media, and contacted local school, guidance counselors, doctors, senior center, and churches and asked them to inform us if they see someone with a need for help. But we found most of our jobs by word of mouth. These are still the ways we get our jobs.
We each have a personal core belief.
“There is so much in the world I don’t understand, but changing the world I do.” – Sophie
“There is a quote by Audrey Hepburn that I really like. It is “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.” We do need to help others. We need to be there for our fellow humans, our fellow animals, and the planet we share. Change is going to come from youth. My generation. And this organization not just welcomes, but looked to youth for that change.” –Poppy
Check out our local and global work pages to get a better sense of what we love spending our time doing!