The Good People Fund
October 21, 2009
How can I explain TEN YEARS of long distance, unconditional support, encouragement and empowerment of middle school kids by Naomi Eisenberger? How can I express the transformation in middle schoolchildren when adults named Danny Siegel and Naomi Eisenberger contacted them and asked the kids what tools they would need to change the world? The 11-14 year old children, half living in a housing project, responded with a "Wish List" of poster board, markers, white out, pencils and pens, envelopes, stationery and stamps. A week later, a huge Staples box arrived at the school (the Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy, MA) filled with the tools they listed plus some Twizzlers to keep kids' energy up! Perfect! That was ten years ago. Every year since then, the Quincy Kids write to Naomi and Danny explaining how they used those tools to spread the word about child labor and how they united with other schools in other states to fundraise and establish schools in developing countries. The kids co-founded Operation Day's Work-USA ten years ago. A school or orphanage or community health center was created each school year in Operation Day's Work. Projects funded by kids exist as a result in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Maiti, El Salvador, Nepal and Bangladesh and in Vietnam. www.odwusa.org
How do you get U.S. youth to be active global citizens? Let the kids write a wish list. Then, put those tools in their young hands. The more that adults like Naomi Eisenberger show a belief in kids, the more the kids believe in themselves. It doesn't take millions of dollars to repair the world. It just takes adults like Naomi and The Good People Fund and a true belief that youthful idealism can become practical activism. Hundreds of children's lives have been changed as a result over the past ten years. Naomi is the ten year guardian angel of The Quincy Kids and their life changing after school club called Operation Day's Work-USA. Thank you Naomi. I wonder how many "good people" you have discovered, shown a belief in, then empowered? The Quincy Kids are blessed you noticed them and their ten years of after school activism. Thank you, Naomi!
Ron Adams, teacher and adviser to
The Quincy Kids: Operation Day's Work-USA
at Broad Meadows Middle School
50 Calvin Road
Quincy, MA 02169
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the support, encouragement and empowerment Naomi Eisenberger has provided from far away. My students believe even more in their ability to change the world because Naomi believes in them and sends them "tools for change" every school year for ten years.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the unconditional belief that middle school kids can change the world. As their teacher adviser, I know they can and do work with non-governmental organizations and sister schools in other states to develop, design, fund and establish schools, orphanages.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
amazing! The Good People Fund staff and volunteers also provided speaking opportunities for my middle school student activists in several states at conferences so the kids could gain more supporters and donors.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
teach schools how to develop global activists intent on ending child labor and creating schools to help educate ten million children in developing countries. Two communities of youth would benefit: kids in the US learn to lead and literacy spreads.
Ways to make it better...
I knew how to adequately thank The Good People Fund for all they do to inspire and empower The Quincy Kids.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I am the teacher advisor to The Quincy Kids "after school activism club" aka Operation Day's Work-USA.