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Do you have an idea to change the world? Answer the Call For Kindness and win up to $3,000 to fund your project!

Riley's Way Call For Kindness

The Call For Kindness offers young changemakers the chance to participate in a dynamic Leadership Development Fellowship and win up to $3,000 in funding for a project of their own that inspires kindness and strengthens their local, national, or global communities.

Over the past three years, we have created an incredible community of young changemakers, and we are excited to see what 2023 brings.


Answer the Call For Kindness by submitting a new or existing youth-led project rooted in Riley’s Way values–kindness, empathy, youth leadership, and inclusive community–that tackles anything from pressing equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in your school or community.

In addition to our general category, we will select at least 10 projects specifically focused on our 2023 special topic: environmental justice to address the growing need for solutions in this critical space.

Riley’s Way will also continue to support one award in a special dance and performing arts category, the Yuriko Kikuchi Arigato Award (“Arigato” means “thank you” in Japanese), in honor of Yuriko, the pioneering dancer, choreographer, and keeper of Martha Graham’s flame. Yuriko was the grandmother of Riley’s Way’s Director of Operations, Laura Kikuchi Dunn.

Youth leaders between the ages of 13-22 can apply and we will award at least 36 youth-led projects up to $3,000 each. The winners will join an inspiring community of Kindness Fellows from across the country to work together in a fellowship program that will expand their leadership and life skills, build strong networks and friendships, and support the development of their project.

Applications open on January 18, 2023 and close on April 2, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

For full details on applying, click here.