How can you drive change that inspires kindness and builds meaningful connections in your community?

We want to hear from you!

At Riley’s Way, we believe that leading with intentional kindness is the key to building meaningful relationships and making the world a better place. We approach everyone as a potential friend and celebrate bringing together people from different worlds, just like Riley did. We want you to embody Riley’s Way’s values to design a new project, or to improve an existing project, that strengthens your community and brings people together.

6 Kindness Fellows will receive a $3,000 prize to launch or grow their project with their school or a non-profit partner.


We are looking for six Kindness Fellows who are practicing kindness and empathy to lead a movement of change that creates connections and strengthens their community.


We’re asking you to work with your school or nonprofit partner to design and implement a project that embodies Riley’s Way values to inspire kindness and builds meaningful connections in your community. Projects can be brand new ideas or an existing teen-led initiative. If the project is currently in progress, the prize will be used to improve or expand the project.


Riley’s Way will fund six winning projects with a $3,000 prize, awarded to the winners’ project partner, a school or nonprofit, with the expectation that it is to be spent on expenses in service of the Kindness Fellow’s project.

Winners will also receive the title of “Kindness Fellow,” publicity on the Riley’s Way website and social media, guidance from Riley’s Way staff as they implement their project, and automatic participation at our 2019 Youth Conference at Timber Lake Camp on September 20 – 22, 2019!


  • Step 1: Let us know you’re interested, and what you’re thinking! Click here to start the process.
  • Step 2: We’ll send you the application materials. You can send us a written or video application, and you can submit individually or with a group of peers. All applicants will need to have an adult mentor sign-on to support their project and confirmation of support from their school or nonprofit partner. Complete applications are due at 11:59pm EST on March 22, 2019.
  • Step 3: Our teen judges will review the applications, and will have support from our Board, key partners, and staff team. Projects will be judged on how they embody Riley's Way values, their feasibility, need, and impact.
  • Step 4: We will announce the winners on May 6, 2019, in honor of Riley’s birthday.

We can’t wait to hear how you respond to the #CallForKindness!

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Riley’s Way empowers young leaders to use kindness and empathy to create connections and drive change.


Kindness is valuing and respecting others, and offering to help without expecting anything in return. Kindness is empathy in action. We believe that kindness is a strength required to change the world.


Empathy is understanding all sides of a challenge, issue, or obstacle. This means not just identifying an alternative perspective, but actually seeing things from a different point of view. Empathy enables strong and meaningful connections.


Our leaders drive change, build connections, and support their peers. Kind leaders think beyond their own circumstances to embody change and strengthen their community. We believe kindness and empathy are leadership qualities to be celebrated and fostered.


Our leaders value diversity and build bridges within and beyond their communities. Treating people with consideration and open-mindedness -- and approaching everyone as a potential friend -- builds meaningful relationships with individuals and partners from diverse backgrounds and strengthens communities.


Fill out the information below to get started! Once we receive your information, we will follow-up with an official entry form.

Full Name

Birth Date



How Did You Hear About Us?
Tell us about your project
Please give a brief description of your project in no more than 100 words






1) How can I get started?

To get started, please fill out the form above. We’ll send you more information and an official entry form once we receive your information.

2) What is the application process?

Once you submit the form on this page, we will send you the application materials. You will be able to submit a written or video application describing your project. We will also need consent from your parent/guardian, as well as written acknowledgement from your adult mentor and school or partner nonprofit. Submissions to the Call for Kindness close on March 22, 2019 at 11:59pm EST, and we will announce winners on May 6, 2019.

3) What kind of project can I submit?

You can submit any project that is inspired by kindness, drives change in your community, and builds connections. Some examples of projects could be organizing a community service project, raising awareness or advocating about a cause that is important to your community, creating a purpose-driven club at your school, or designing an app that connects of people in meaningful ways. We want you to be creative!

4) Does the project have to be new?

No! You can choose to submit a new project idea, or if you have a project you are already working on with a your school or nonprofit partner, you can apply to improve or expand your project.

5) Can a group apply together?

Yes! You can apply as an individual or as a group. If you are applying as a group, you only need to submit one application. If your group is submitting a video application, you should try to have as many group members appear in the video as possible. Please note that you can either submit as an individual or as part of a group, but not both.

6) Who gets the $3,000 prize?

We will give the $3,000 prize to the organization you will work with to implement your project. This could be your school or a nonprofit partner.

7) How can the prize money be spent?

The prize money can go towards expenses needed to implement or expand your kindness-based project. For example, you can spend the prize money in a variety of ways. You could buy supplies to complete your project (i.e. food, books, or other materials). You could spend the money to buy and create a website or to design an app. However, you cannot spend the money to pay people for their time spent working on the project.

8) What kind of organization can I work with?

Your partner organization must be a registered 501(c)(3). This means it can be your school or a nonprofit (including religious institutions). Either way, this organization’s work should be related to your project and should help further advance your initiative.

9) Who can be my adult mentor, and what is their role?

Your adult mentor should be someone who will help and guide you with your project. They can be a teacher, coach, after school counselor, camp counselor, art/music/theater teacher, troop leader, or another adult mentor in your life. We just ask that your adult mentor is not your parent or guardian.

10) Who can apply?

Any US citizen or DACA recipient between the ages of 13-19 can apply. Applicants must reside in the United States.