Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! Interview with Jake and Max Klein

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

 

Jake and Max Klein are the founders of Kids That Do Good, a website that helps connect kids with volunteer opportunities. After not being able to find opportunities for themselves because of their age, they wanted to help others who were going through similar struggles. Kids That Do Good has connected kids to 16,000 causes and is actively searching for new opportunities.

Amazing Kids (AK): What inspired you to start Kids That Do Good?

Jake and Max Klein (J&MK): We were taught from a young age that it is important to give back and volunteer. All of our birthdays were opportunities for us to choose a charity, and our parents would ask everyone to bring donations to that charity instead of gifts. We looked forward all year to selecting what charity we would support. Sometimes we would support existing charities like Cookies for Kids Cancer or The American Heart Association, and sometimes we would create our own opportunities like donating bullet-proof vests to the local police, computers to the local kids’ library, and an electric stretcher to the volunteer ambulance squad in our town.

Our family friend is a retired chef who frequently cooks for the homeless shelter in Bergen County. When we were seven or eight, we would go to his house and ask if we could help with cooking and serving the food. He told us that the shelter would not allow us to volunteer until we were 14. We were so upset and deflated. It really was a terrible feeling knowing you are a little kid and getting super excited to do something, then being told no because of your age—it’s not something we could even control! That’s when we told our parents, and we came up with the idea of creating a website that would show ways kids or adults, at ANY age, could get involved in their community and make a difference.

AK: What was the most challenging part of creating Kids That Do Good?

J&MK: Managing and growing it. We have SO many things we would like to do with the site and the community we have engaged, but there are limits to what we can accomplish since we are full-time tenth-graders and have several other time commitments, including the tennis team, other charities, DECA, and such.

AK: How many kids have participated through Kids That Do Good?

J&MK: KTDG has had over 35,000 unique visitors to the site in the last year and has connected people to over 16,000 causes.

AK: If you were able to change any one thing in the world, what would it be?

J&MK: Show people that if everyone did one nice thing for someone else, it would be a game-changer. People are so focused on themselves and expect everyone else to do the heavy lifting. Nothing will ever change that way. Unfortunately, our generation is focused on social media and things that don’t matter; we try to inspire them to think about others.

AK: How do you find organizations where kids can volunteer?

J&MK: We research, have friends and people who help us with the site research, lots of charities contact us to be listed, etc. We have also been creating our own opportunities like the birthday parties and toys for the holidays to various charities, etc.

AK: What are your goals for the future?

J&MK: We hope this site will continue to grow and be a useful service for people who want to help others. As for my brother and me, we just want to make it out of high school and get into a good business school for college. The rest, we’re not sure about right now, but we know we want to do our best in whatever we do.

AK: What advice would you give to our readers about following their dreams and making a difference?

J&MK: What’s stopping you??? Our parents always tell us you have two hands and a good head on your shoulders. What’s stopping you from accomplishing what you want?

AK: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

J&MK: To all you readers: My brother and I are just two people who saw a void and wanted to fill it. If you see an opportunity to do something that can make a difference, DO IT! And show others how amazing it can be.

Leave a Reply

Complete the problem to Comment: * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.