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SPARK CONNECTION, INCLUSION & EMPATHY WITH A $250 ACTION GRANT

Our mission is to help kids and teens build meaningful connections and create more inclusive, empathetic and kind communities. How would you use a Hershey Heartwarming Action Grant to make your community stronger and more supportive?

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Tatiana, California

"My project, The North Valley Film Festival, offers high school students the opportunity to use their creative skills to express their unique take on a variety of social issues; including mental health, poverty, gender inequality, racial inequality, and identity. The goal of the festival was to provide a free platform for high school students to use their voice in a positive way to spark change in their community."

– Tatiana, California

Joseph, Nebraska

"We partnered with students from other schools and universities to make meaningful cards for residents at senior living centers. We not only delivered greeting cards, but also small gifts, such as donuts and egg rolls and other groceries to elderly neighbors who could not go to the store themselves due to the pandemic. It is very rewarding to see thank you emails from seniors expressing their gratitude. I feel like together, we do make a difference in the world."

– Joseph, Nebraska

Archika D., Washington

"When I walked into my first coding class, the boy next to me tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was sure I had signed up for the right class. It was humiliating, exclusive, and made me feel like I was not good enough. I want to change this in my community through my project, which seeks to empower minorities in STEM with free learning opportunities. We hold workshops, camps, and events directly targeting young people from underrepresented backgrounds and celebrating educational inclusivity and diversity, and a classroom where everyone's voices are heard. The grant will help hands-on workshops that center around STEM for social good, intertwining humanity and kindness with science and technology."

– Archika D., Washington

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A conversation with Snap Leaders on Creating Change

Learn how young people are creating positive change using social media, by advancing inclusion, empathy, and well-being in an increasingly divided world.

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A conversation with Snap Leaders on Creating Change

Learn how young people are creating positive change using social media, by advancing inclusion, empathy, and well-being in an increasingly divided world.

Sofia Gross

A conversation with Snap Leaders on Creating Change

Learn how young people are creating positive change using social media, by advancing inclusion, empathy, and well-being in an increasingly divided world.

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