Kyndfulness for Kids

Youth Volunteering

It is hard to find volunteer opportunities for kids. We created Kyndfulness for Kids so families would have an easy, meaningful and social way to get involved in volunteering. These wellness experiences are specifically designed with all ages in mind and are available year-round as a way to make volunteering a part of your family values.

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is a service-learning and leadership development group made up of outstanding high school students from local schools that provides a unique opportunity for students who want to get involved with a community non-profit focused on mental wellness. These students contribute to and inform Kyndfulness for Kids programming while acting as ambassadors and leaders in the community. The intention is for the YAC to expand and include youth within the elementary and middle school age range.

Youth Mental Health

“Research has shown that teens who engage in community service are more responsible with higher self-esteem and resilience. Volunteering helps the teens gain new skills necessary for the job market such as leadership, communication skills, dependability, time management, and decision making. Teens who volunteer perform better at school and also build a stronger resume for college and scholarship applications.” – Shobha Bhaskar, MD

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Kyndfulness: A daily practice using volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, and gratitude to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others.

Mental Wellness: When a person experiences a stable, positive, content mood and emotional state or  “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (World Health Organization).

Youth Advisory Council

Current Members


Shawna Walton

Research Chair

I am Shawna Walton and I want to be able to help the ones in need. I want to be a teacher and a soci


Abigail Strickland

Secretary -Membership Committee Member

I was born in Florida but moved to Colorado when I was 5. I have a younger sister and two younger br


Codie Shotton

Marketing/Social Chair

I am Codie. I am an amazing wise soul that cares for a lot of things. I am artistic and enjoy nature


Amy Chen

Membership Committee Chair

Hi, I'm Amy Chen and I will soon be a senior in high school. I love getting involved in volunteer ac


Rylie Kruger

Communications Committee Member

I’m Rylie Kruger, and I go to elevate. I play volleyball and I’m so excited to help people throu


Kate Erickson

Committee TBD

I've always had a love for public service. From a very young age, my parents instilled the belief in


Morgan Pauly

Committee TBD

I will be a junior in high school and am in my high school's marching band. I am involved in numerou

Former Members


Tracy Huyhn

YAC Chair and Marketing/Social Chair

I come from a family of four and a big extended family. My passions include makeup, fashion, and hel


Tanner Thomas

Membership Chair

I love exploring and going on adventures to new places. My passions include skiing, snowboarding, sw


Silvana Cano

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair

I love music and theater as well as Biology. I can speak Spanish, English and French. I was born and


Jada Green

Research Committee Member

I am shy at first but once we start talking I am a very respectful and nice person to be around. I l


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Click one of the boxes immediately above to find the best wellness experience for you, find mental health resources relevant to youth and families, or to read the fun and exciting blogs written for and by youth.

Every volunteer experience is designed to be fun, flexible and meaningful for families. We will work as a team with other families. Together, we will make a great impact on the community and also learn about practicing Kyndfulness as a family. We will provide simple, effective tools to make it easy for families to integrate kyndfulness into their routines. These volunteer projects are meant to make the hardest part – finding and signing up for volunteer events – simple and fun.

Check out the calendar below.

When youth and families engage in acts of kyndness and wellness opportunities they get much more than a superficial high. Science has proven that these activities can help youth in much deeper, long-lasting ways. Please see our Guided Resources section to learn more about the science behind youth volunteering or to find resources about specific mental health concerns that our Youth Advisory Council felt were most relevant for them and their peers

Once per month our Director or a member of Youth Advisory Council are tasked with creating a blog that is relevant to the mission of Project Helping and to the youth that we serve through Kyndfulness for Kids. Please click above to learn more about the issues that matter most to youth, such as insecurities about volunteering, becoming a Kynd Leader, the Youth Advisory Council, and the many mental wellness areas that are most concerning among youth ages 5-17.

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