Spark connection, inclusion & empathy where you live.
A genuine sense of connection can make a huge difference in anyone’s life, but particularly in the lives of young people. Creating connection and showing empathy & inclusion are skills that are essential to emotional well-being and help build stronger, more supportive communities.
Be the Spark: Apply today for a $250 Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grant to spark connection, inclusion & empathy where you live.
Our mission is simple: To help kids and teens build meaningful connections and create more inclusive, empathic, and kind communities.
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“When I walked into my first coding class, the boy next to me tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was sure I had signed up for the right class. It was humiliating, exclusive, and made me feel like I was not good enough. I want to change this in my community through my project, which seeks to empower minorities in STEM with free learning opportunities. We hold workshops, camps, and events directly targeting young people from underrepresented backgrounds and celebrating educational inclusivity and diversity, and a classroom where everyone’s voices are heard. The grant will help hands-on workshops that center around STEM for social good, intertwining humanity and kindness with science and technology.”
– Archika D., Washington
$250 Grants for Teens to Encourage Inclusion
Have an idea that will help your school or youth group encourage connection, empathy, and emotional and mental well-being? Let us help you get started with a $250 action grant.
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“My plan is to start a new club at my high school that will focus on social inclusion. We will have once a month morning meetings where students leave their phones at the door, relax, socialize, listen to a guest speaker, and make some new friends. All will be welcome. If even one person leaves the club with a new friend, is a little happier, or feels more inspired- then my mission will have been accomplished. Gen Z students are going through a lot right now and we deserve a "no pressure" club at school to be involved in, to help us build connection with one another.”
– Ashlyn, Pennsylvania
“Our class won a Heartwarming Project Action Grant and we used it to host a “Mix it Up” lunch event. Forty students were selected at random to come to a pizza lunch, learn about a world issue, and mix and mingle. This event helped us learn how important it is to get out of our cultural and social bubbles. Once the students were seated and began to mingle, I couldn’t help but see how important events like this are to our school community, but to the idea of greater civic duty, as well. Students who attended shared they were intrigued by learning about other students’ backgrounds, simply because they didn’t have the chance to connect previously. It was a surprising and fun way to build community.”
-Gabriella, New York