Amazing Kids! Magazine

Ways A Kid Can Change the World

By Fatima Yousuf, Money Smarts Editor and Contributing Writer


I know that, as a kid, you likely feel as though you do not have much of a say in the world. Sure, perhaps we can’t end war or solve corruption, but that does mean that we can’t create a lasting impact on the world in a special way. From giving someone an extra hug in the morning to lending a friend a helping hand, here are some ways that anyone, regardless of age, can change the world of those around them:

Give Thanks

Many of us in the United States are likely used to giving thanks during the Thanksgiving season and other special holidays. However, we don’t need to wait for a special event to occur for us to express thanks to those we love. Send a card to or call a family member to tell them what they mean to you. Write a note to your math teacher thanking them for taking the extra time to explain a certain problem to you. Tell your friend how much their friendship means to you. Taking a few seconds out of your day to express thanks can grow the sense of community around you and change the world.

Create Birthday Boxes for Those in Need

It is important to recognize that not everyone has access to all their necessities, and it is even more important to take action to change this. Many foster children and homeless children often can not afford a birthday cake or receive a gift on their birthdays. The idea behind birthday boxes is to make sure all kids in need can have a complete birthday experience. Birthday boxes contain everything a kid needs for their birthday celebration: balloons, cake mix, frosting, candles and more, all donated. Check with your local food shelter or community organization to find out if they have a program like this in place, or if you can start one.

Practice Kindness in Public

There are plenty of small gestures, such as holding the door open for others, saying excuse me, or sincerely asking someone how their day was, that can make someone’s day. As people are involved in their busy days and consumed by their hectic schedules, showing little acts of kindness in public truly can make someone’s day and change the world.

And At Home

Sometimes people take their parents and their families for granted. It is important to sometimes be thankful for each other’s company. Take a quick family walk around your neighborhood, go for a small road trip, or call a family member whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. Appreciating others, both in public and at home, can truly inspire a better world.

Give Bags on Kindness to the Homeless

Of course, not everyone has the ability to give to others, much less themselves. The homeless often struggle to find basic necessities for themselves. Even the smallest of efforts to acknowledge the struggle of the homeless and to help them ease their problems can go a long way towards changing the world. You can give back to those in need by gathering toiletries, socks, bottled water, and more in bags to distribute to the homeless. Volunteering to help those in need is only one of the many ways that kids can truly make a meaningful impact on the world.