100 Kids Who Care is a program where about 100 children get together, put their money together and donate it to a charity of the group's choosing.
"The basic premise of 100 Kids Who Care," Brooke Spagrud shared, "is to teach our children that no matter their age, gender or financial status we can all make a difference. It's also trying to teach our children to be a little more community focused and community-minded with giving back. At each meeting which we will hold quarterly, there is a commitment of four meetings per year, the kid members will register and then show up to the meeting with $10 and they will donate their $10 towards the charity that the group, as a whole, will decide."
"They learn the democratic voting process by listening to other children speak about the charity that they would like to see their money go to. At each meeting, we will have three different 'me' presentation and then everyone in the group gets a ballot, they all vote, the majority wins. They will get to see their full 100% donation go towards the majority vote charity of their choice."
"We are asking each child member to commit to four meeting per year and of course we understand that life is busy and you can't always come to each meeting. If the child can't make it to one of the meetings then we ask that kid member to give their money to another member to bring to the meeting on their behalf, and then they just simply give up their opportunity to vote for that meeting. We also want to teach our children about commitment and committing and following through with something you've joined into. The group as a whole is looking for everyone to participate in order to make the biggest impact possible."
The children will also get the opportunity to learn research and public speaking as well because each meeting they will be asking or looking for three different kid members to present on a charity they would like to see their money go to. The program consists of some of the essential building blocks that help teach the children important values for life as well.
Spagrud shares how 100 Kids Who Care came to Estevan, "I was approached by Mandy Irwin here in town, who has connections with some of the other 100 Kids Who Care Chapters in Calgary Alberta. When she heard the idea and the context, she wanted to create that for her children and the Estevan area. She then reached out to me, and then us, together with Erin Deichert decided we wanted to bring this organization to Estevan."
At last night's meeting, the children voted to give the donated money to the Estevan Humane Society.
If your child is interested, you can register them for the next meeting here.