NYC Is My Backyard Does Compassion

At NYC Is My Backyard we believe very strongly that turning off the television, putting down our video games, and truly interacting with the world around us, is inspirational.  And we know that with gentle guidance, children love to use that inspiration to write and share their thoughts. On our outings we help our young explorers improve their writing in a fun, motivational setting.

Something else that we at NYC Is My Backyard believe in is the necessity of helping others and of passing the importance of philanthropy on to the next generation. Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath reminded us that we’re all in this together, so on November 12, Veterans Day 2012, we launched a new initiative called NYC Is My Backyard Does CompassionNYCIMBy Does Compassion adds an extra layer to our usual excursions.  Children who join us for a day of service participate in a variety of activities aimed at giving back to the community and having fun while they’re at it!  They then use their experiences as motivation to create a written piece that is published on a private blog (to which they and their families have access).

Our days of service begin with a whole group activity, much like the morning meetings many children do in school.  There is always a pertinent read aloud and some getting to know each other activities.  Then we start in on our service projects.  Projects so far have included making cards and wrapping presents for children in a hospital, making cards and gift bags for people in a homeless shelter, packaging toys and treats for dogs in a rescue center, writing thank-you notes to veterans, and visiting a senior citizens home to sing songs for and create a mural with residents there.

After each activity, children write about it, using the NYC Is My Backyard “write, double edit” method.

Check out our first community service day: http://nycismybackyardadventures.blogspot.com

(100% of the profits from this effort were donated to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort!)