Girl Rising: 5 Reasons

It does not take the highest IQ in the world to figure out that a woman on a mission is unstoppable. While watching the documentary, Girl Rising, that idea became more and more clear. Women are strong beings and can withstand much; oppression, mistreatment, and obstacles. We know this because in many countries around the globe woman are standing firm …

Super Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

It has been especially hard to watch the news lately.  We can find stories of natural disasters, chemical explosions, and unthinkable, intentional acts of cruelty towards humanity on every channel.  At times like these, when things seem so dark in this world, it is easy to despair.  But, times like these are precisely the moments when we must pay close …

1st Female To Run Boston Marathon

The following is a brief autobiographical video about the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon.  Often times it takes sport to call to the forefront some of the deep seeded equality issues in our society.  Just this last week we celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the racial barrier in baseball, which occurred in 1945.  Interestingly, while …

Schools Battle To Win Local Shoe Drive

As adults, it is rather easy to forget the power of a focused teenager, or better yet, a group of focused teenagers. Recently, Think Kindness decided to set a big audacious goal of collecting 20,000 pairs of shoes in the Reno/Tahoe area by June 2013. When we say ‘Big’ goal, it wasn’t just the number that was the hard part, …

Class Performs 250+ Acts of Kindness

A few weeks ago, I challenged my daughters’ 5th and 2nd grade classes to a “Secret Mission!” The mission was to do secret acts of kindness for seven straight days, but the catch was that they couldn’t tell people what they were doing – they just had to do something nice for the people around them! I asked their teachers …

Community Investment, Martial Artist Style

Most of us agree that tomorrow’s hopes hinge on this generation’s children and youth.  Since kids spend so much time in school, these institutions play a pivotal role in nurturing an intelligent and informed population, fostering positive social skills, and encouraging healthy habits for daily living.  That’s a lot for teachers and staff to accomplish during the course of a …

Jack’s Kindness Awareness Project

The goal of this project was to create “What does kindness look like?” posters in a Kindergarten class with the students. Jack, 6 years old, decided to display these posters in the public library/school library around books about kindness. He then had the community vote on their favorite poster and 2 winners receive a gift card to then give someone …