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Make things for charity

Kids love money and they love helping the poor. Here's a great way to get them to create for the greater good.

Photo of Roshinee Raajendran
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Kids love money. They don't know its' power, the same way little girls don't understand the power of make-up and high heels but they like it.  The second thing is that kids, unlike adults, are easily moved by the troubles of others and instinctively want to reach out. A great idea would be to hold a fundraiser where all the money comes in from what the kids sell. 

The recipients of the funding can be organisations that deal with children. This way, there's a direct connect. The funding should ideally be for something substantial like a school, a well, a farm animal, medicines, water pumps etc. This way, those who raised the funds can see where it goes. 

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

The different product categories being created for sale should be such that those with different skill sets can pitch in. Cookies or baked goods, potted plants, cards and stationary, picture frames etc are some of the easier options to get the kids involved. Hopefully this would be a quarterly event at school and as the years go by, the products for sale can become more elaborate - paintings, framed photographs, organic skin care products. Ideally, the teachers would oversee the whole process. An hour each day till the event can be kept aside for the activities. Things like costing can be taught to the older students. And finally, some training on making sales would be great too. Alternatively, a portion of the profits can be kept by the kids so that they are more enthusiastic about taking part. A great way to serve the community and your own little piggy bank.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

I know that this can bring communities together. A school fair would be a great way to get the children involved. Their friends and families can come and see what they have been up to. They learn to create something and how to sell it too. A few entrepreneurial skills never hurt anyone. The other thing is that they learn to reach out to those in need and it's a habit worth cultivating.


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Photo of Enrico Sinatra

Yes, I like it. I was child 12 years old, and I was making a glue protection for controller for my TV, and I was thinking to sell, but no programm for selling, no nothing, and as well I was making at 13 years old with decoupage technic I decorated fires for burn cigarette... and I did like 100 , I was taking it from my friends, or friends of my friends, and just do for free, - I grow up in culture where no one sell stuff but just give away for free- and was no bad if we have this mentality... so in somehow I think your idea could be understimate instead is very good, from my point of view.

Photo of Roshinee Raajendran

Thank you Enrico. I feel that children need to learn to how to earn money because so much of life is all about making money. This way, they learn to be creative, keep a part of the profits and give away some money to charity - everyone wins!
Glue protection for your TV controller at 12 sounds practical. Yes, I understand how it's like when you need some business skills and it's not easily available. Thank you for the comment :)