Today is the last of our 5-part Amazing Young Leaders series. Five incredible young women & men who are making a difference in their community and beyond.
After visiting a local elementary school for a service project with her 5th-grade class Riley learned that there were many kids in her own community who weren’t prepared to go to school. This was when Riley decided to create Rainbow Pack, a youth-led organization that gives backpacks full of grade-appropriate homework supplies to kids who live below the poverty level. Since the project began in 2010, when Riley was 10 years old, Rainbow Pack has given out over 20,000 Rainbow Packs to kids in need and gave out 6,200 at the start of the 2017/2018 school year. She outfits entire schools, organizing Back-to-School pep rallies to distribute the backpacks and to get kids and families excited about the year ahead. Her new backpacks full of new supplies send children in need a powerful message — that people care about them and believe in their ability to succeed.
Who is Riley Joy Gantt?
How was the Rainbow Pack started?
I all started with a box of crayons. In the first year they supplied 60 Rainbow packs and after 7 years today, they have given out over 20,000 Rainbow Packs.
Riley shares her magical journey that changed her life.
Rob shares a little boy story from http://www.rainbowpack.org/ whom he found pure joy after having a rainbow pack.
What is the operational system of rainbow pack?
How rainbow pack equalizes everyone?
Riley believes something is better than nothing.
Be open, ask questions, and always act on behalf of those you intend to serve
What’s in the rainbow Backpack?
Riley’s new backpacks full of new supplies send children in need a powerful message — that people care about them and believe in their ability to succeed.
Focus on one thing and do it well. Then focus another.
Everyone can do something for someone in need. Everyone has the capacity to tell people, There’s no need to be special.
Rob is so touched by the enthusiasm of Riley. Riley is so much grateful to people who are supporting her.
Rob mentions how Crazy good turns find out Riley. (http://crazygoodturns.org/episodes/rainbow-pack/)
Supplying equal education for all.
Always err on the side of love and kindness.
Love & Gratitude,