Transforming Students Into Leaders

Team Kids Challenge is a youth leadership program available to all students during the school day, providing innovative opportunities for students to volunteer. Students serve alongside firefighters, police officers, and their Team Kids Coach to unite their school in creating community change. The Challenge is student-led, research-based,
and empirically-validated.

2022-23 Team Kids Challenge Program Photos

Team Kids Programs


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Team Kids

Anywhere (virtual)

Youth of any age, including home-schooled children & Families
A virtual service-based learning program that enables youth to create community change from home.
$0 cost to schools


Team Kids
Service Days

At specified locations
Youth of any age & Families
Special events throughout the year, such as on September 11th and Earth Day, that allow youth and families to get involved in their
$0 cost to families

Team Kids

At school

New fully virtual program launched

Elementary school students
A school-based, student-led youth leadership program bringing together students with on-duty police officers, firefighters, mentors, and Team Kids volunteers.
$0 cost to schools


About the Team Kids Challenge

The Team Kids Challenge starts with an engaging kickoff event. Elementary school students learn about teamwork and share how they want to change the world. Every student on campus is invited to participate in a weekly challenge such as collecting food or clothing, and form a volunteer Leadership Team that meets once a week during lunch to plan a schoolwide carnival fundraiser. 100% of proceeds are donated to a nonprofit selected by students.

Youth Creating Change

Positive Youth Outcomes

Research data suggests that after Team Kids Challenge went to P.S. 149 Danny Kaye Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York, program participants had a more positive view about their ability to create community change. Teachers and public safety personnel also showed a greater belief in youth as valuable community assets.



“[I learned that] no matter how old you are or how big you are, you can still make a difference.”

Team Kids Challenge participant [James, age 10]

“If you’re working together as a team and everybody chips in, you can make big, important things happen for others”.
Parent of Team Kids Challenge participant [Angie, age 9]

18000+ volunteer hours annual

25,000 students empowered every year

35 community partnerships leveraged

$600,000 cash and donations raised

100% of youth-generated donations given to causes

Team Kids conducts surveys to see the impact of the Team Kids Challenge program. Click here to participate!

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