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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • Who is a teacher or mentor that you are grateful for?

  • What is something good that happened to you this week that you are grateful for ?

The Recipient

The completed Financial Literacy kits will be delivered to Boys and Girls Clubs of America to benefit their Money Matters program.
 
Young adults in the U.S. today are facing a perfect storm of personal and social pressures that can compromise their financial well-being: record lows in savings, record highs in student and consumer debt, increasing living costs and uncertain employment prospects.
 
Money Matters helps young people learn financial literacy, so they can make good financial choices as adults. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college. Teens who complete Money Matters show improved financial management skills, including saving money and sticking to a budget.

The Reason

Use the contents of this kit to build a financial literacy kit for teens at the Boys and Girls Club going through the Money Matters program. Building financial literacy and awareness early can help to create good financial habits for life.

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 inside of your box, please disregard this step. This QR code 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

This is for you 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 markers, pen, 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

* 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 closed

Surprise Kyndness

1. Find the following items:
  • Journal
  • Items to decorate the journal
2. How to:
  • Decorate the front of the journal with a picture or uplifting message.
  • Use random pages in the journal to write short uplifting message, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.
 

Mini White Board

1. Find the following items:
  • Mini whiteboard
  •  2 Blank 5 x 8 Stickers
  • Permanent markers, colored pencils, etc. 
2. Decorate the back of the whiteboard.
  • Stick the white 5 x 8 stickers to the back of the whiteboard. Use the crayons, colored pencils, or other writing materials to decorate the stickers with an uplifting message or picture for the recipient to see while using the board.
*Be sure to use the writing materials on the back of the whiteboard, NOT the front!

Make Financial Literacy Flashcards

1. Find the following items:
  • Index Cards
  • List of Terms and Definitions
  • Writing materials
2. How to:
  • Write the financial literacy terms on the front of the index cards.
  • On the back of the cards, write the definition of the term.
    • You can add an example, or a short suggestion to go along with the term on the back.
    • Leave space for the recipient to make notes.

Add more terms and definitions if you can.

Decorate the Piggy Banks

1. Find the following items:

  • 4 DIY wood piggy banks
  • Enclosed writing materials such as markers, pen, crayons, etc. 

2. How to: 

Use the included materials, as well as any materials you have, to customize the piggy banks. Make one piggy bank for each of the following pillars:
  • Save
  • Invest
  • Spend
  • Donate
 
*Tip: Use the sides and/or the back of the piggy bank to define each of these terms.

Decorate the Coin Pouch

*This is a new addition to this kit. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.

1. Find the following items:

  • Canvas Coin Pouch 
  • Enclosed writing materials such as markers, pen, etc.

2. Customize the coin pouch 

  • Using the included materials, as well as any extra materials you have, decorate the canvas coin pouch. 
*Tip: Place a scrap piece of paper inside the pouch while decorating, to avoid the markers bleeding through to the other side. 

Financial Literacy Workbook

This workbook is intended to be used by the recipient to play games and complete exercises that will improve their financial literacy. The smarties in this kit are used for one of the games in the workbook, so make sure those stay in the kit.
 
(If you are completing this kit with your children, please feel free to grab a piece of paper and do these exercises with them. Just make sure to leave the workbook blank so the recipient can complete it.)

Decorate the Box

Use the enclosed materials to decorate the box the kit came in. Make this fun and colorful. Get creative! This is how the recipient will receive their final kit.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the original box that you have decorated.
  • DO NOT include used/opened decorating materials.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • More financial flashcards
  • Budget sheet
  • Calculator 
  • Financial workbooks
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items 

Delivery Options

  • Deliver your completed kit to a local Boys and Girls Club of America location. 

OR

  • Return your completed kit to Project Helping to be distributed to a Boys and Girls Club of America.
     
    To get a return label, click HERE.

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

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Dollars for Doers

  • If your company offers a Dollars for Doers program, you can submit the time you 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)

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