Career Readiness

Classic Kynd Kit
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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • Think back to all of the past jobs you’ve had and name one professional lesson you’ve learned that you are grateful to have experienced.

  • What are three things about your current job that excite or ignite you?

The Recipient

The Career Readiness kit was designed with our partners at Dress for Success. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

While these kits were designed with Dress for Success, they can be used to help anyone who has had barriers to employment as they search for their new career. 

The Reason

Use the contents of this kit to build a care package to help someone with resume preparation and interview readiness. This kit will go to Dress for Success to help the community members across the country during their search for a career. This can also go to a similar organization in your community!

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

* We are currently transitioning out of this step. If your kit has a reference to a Kynd Code, please disregard.

Register Your Kit to Follow It's Journey

*Starting on April 4th, we have implemented a QR code/serial number process. If you do not have a QR code on the plastic bag inside your box, please disregard this step. This QR code will be blue and has a serial number starting with KK underneath it. See example image below.
1. Locate the QR Code serial number on your Kynd Kit
  • If you have a classic kit, it will be located on the plastic bag inside the kit
  • If you have Plus or Max kit, it will be located on the inside of the box. 
2. Go to kit registration page 
  • If you are using your phone, open your camera and scan the QR code
  • If you are using your computer, click this link below and enter the serial number listed below the QR code
    • Code starts with KK 
Click here to go to kit registration page
3. Register your kit
  • Fill out the requested fields 
  • By providing this information, you will be notified when your kit is returned to Project Helping and when it is distributed to those in need 

*We will not use your information for anything besides notifying you of your Kynd Kit progress. 

4. When you have completed registering your kit, please return to this page to continue building your kit. 
5. Please ensure you include your QR serial code when returning your kit so we can scan it when we receive it.
6. You can visit kyndkit.org at any time to check the status of your Kynd Kit. 
 

Find the Kynd Card

Keep this card for yourself to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Completed Kynd Kits go all over the world. As you customize your kit, please refrain from using any religion or political content.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers, etc.
2. Write your letter and decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to write a letter and decorate the envelope.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
        • Use appropriate humor
        • The colorful greeting card included is meant for the recipient to write a thank-you note to their interviewer. Please use the blank white card and envelope to write your note. 

* Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

3. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card
  • Please DO NOT lick the envelope shut

Decorate the Plastic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • The plastic bag is designed to be written on. 
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag. 

* This is what the final kit will be distributed in, make this fun and colorful for the recipient to open. 

Surprise Kyndness

1. Find the following items:
  • Journal
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers, etc.
2. Surprise Kyndness
  • Decorate the outside of the journal with a picture or uplifting message.
  • Use random pages in the journal to write short uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

Worry Stone

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
* Worry stones are smooth, polished rocks used for relaxation or anxiety relief to help one feel grounded. The stone is meant to be kept in one’s pocket. The physical act of massaging a worry stone for several minutes is proven to provide therapeutic & psychological benefits that help soothe your nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety, and help clear your mind so you can focus and think clearly.
1. Find the following items:
  • Worry Stone
  • Markers
  • Drawstring Bag
2. Decorate the drawstring bag
  • On one side of the drawstring bag write an inspirational or calming word
    • Examples: hope, love, grow, breathe, dream, courage, wonder 
  • Decorate the opposite side of the drawstring bag with a picture 
  • The bag will be used to put the worry stone in for the career seeker to then carry around in their pocket while interviewing

*Helpful tip: Place a piece of paper in the drawstring bag before decorating to prevent the marker from bleeding through.

Make Interview Prep Flashcards

1. Find the following items:
  • Index Cards
  • Writing utensils such as pen, crayons, markers, etc.
2. How to:
  • Write common interview questions on the front of the index cards.
  • On the back of the cards, write common or suggested responses to these questions.
  • Leave space for the recipient to write their own notes and planned responses.
*Make as many flashcards as you can.

Interview Prep Workbook

Go through the workbook and add your answers and advice where you can.

Uplifting Self Image

1. Find the following items:
  • Folding Mirror
  • 2.5 inch round white sticker
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers, etc. 
2. How to:
  • Decorate the two circle stickers
  • Include an uplifting message the recipient will see each time they use it.
  • Place the decorated stickers on the front and back of the compact mirror (on outside).

Optional Clothing Donation

Your completed Career Readiness Kits will be delivered to Dress for Success locations around the country.
 
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
 
You can add clothing donations to your kit when it is returned, and they will be delivered to Dress for Success along with your kit.
 
CLOTHING ACCEPTED
 
  • Interview appropriate business suits and blouses
  • Business separates including skirts, dresses, blazers, slacks and jackets
  • Work appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry, scarves, and belts
  • Work appropriate handbags, purses, briefcases or portfolios
 
CLOTHING NOT ACCEPTED
 
  • Anything older than 5 years
  • Clothes and shoes that are out of season
  • Undergarments (we accept monetary donations to purchase these items)
  • Casual clothing (t-shirts, shorts, capris, denim, pajamas, workout attire etc.)
  • Items that are worn out, dirty, or need repair

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated plastic bag and put back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Interview clothing 
  • Hygiene items 
  • Gum/mints
  • Please only include items that are UNOPENED and UNUSED
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items
  • Alcohol

Delivery Options

  • Deliver your completed kit to a local Dress for Success location. 

OR

  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to Dress for Success.
     
    To get a return label, click HERE.

You Did It!

Thank you for building a Kynd Kit!

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Dollars for Doers

  • If your company offers a Dollars for Doers program, you can submit the time to spent building your Kynd Kit to benefit Project Helping. 

Official Name: Project Helping

Website: ProjectHelping.org

EIN/Tax ID: 45-2442366

Nonprofit Classification: 501(c)(3)

Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to KyndHub.com or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.

LOGIN TO KYNDHUB

Share Your Completed Kynd Kit on Social Media!

We’d love to hear about your Kynd Kit experience. Post your completed kit on social media and tag Project Helping.

Get More Kynd Kits

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Project Helping Homepage

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Decorate the Platic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • The plastic bag is designed to be written on. 
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag.