2017 Y-PIF Award.
We had some wonderful nominees for the 2017 Y-PIF award and thanks to the financial support of ePIFanyNow™ sponsor, MSUFCU, we were able to award four recipients with prizes totaling $9,000 to go towards their inspirational projects. It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2018 Y-PIF awards. Encourage youth to pass kindness forward and consider nominating someone next year.
Kanin Sings to End Cancer
Kanin Thelen is a dedicated pre-teen vocalist and student from Dewitt. Kanin is a very quiet young girl but she has noticed that when she sings she has the ability to lift the spirit of others. After her vocal coach found out he had cancer, Kanin wanted to do something to help. She started collecting cans and bottles but soon had an epiphany of sorts, she thought the best way to honor Mr. Gregg was by song. She takes song request and records a video (or sings in person) from anyone. This is her way of helping a man who has taught her and so many other music students in the Lansing area. She believes that charity starts at home and inside — and has seen firsthand that need is often right in front of you if you only look.
Kanin just found out that a classmate in Dewitt was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was her idea to continue her efforts to help more families. This has really touched her as it is someone her age. Kanin will continue to energize efforts in her community. Kanin will be singing at The Crafted Bean in Dewitt on May 13th at 11:00 am for additional donations. Kanin is asking for your vote so she can help her classmate. Every dollar (vote) that you pledge, will go to Addy. A vote of 1, 5, 10, 20, 100..will help her family a tremendous amount.
Kanin will be singing to the children at Sparrow Hospital in the Children’s Center this Friday. Kanin would like to continue to sing to the children in the hospital every month. I challenge you to do a Random Act of Kindness and share it with Kanin at the ePIFany Now Celebration on Sunday, May 7th. You might just hear her sing.
She is touching many people with her music and her cause. It truly can take a smile or a nice comment to make someones day. Kindness matters.
To see more of what Kanin is doing visit: www.kaninelizabeth.com
The Be More Kind Club at Jackson’s Northwest High School
The Be More Kind Club at Jackson’s Northwest High School has been working to create a more welcoming and friendly environment within our school and community. This group of high school students has been offering students, staff and community members multiple opportunities to show gratitude and kindness. They have encouraged students to write more than 2,000 cards of gratitude, create a thousand sentence strips that were then used to design a 10 foot by 36 foot “Be Kind” display, organized a “surprise” assembly to thank a community member for his support for our students, and much more. They want to continue to offer students, staff, and community members opportunities to show they care.
These students are thinking beyond themselves on a BIG scale. They aren’t just affecting change in their lives, they are inspiring our whole school and community!
We had some wonderful nominees for the 2016 Y-PIF award and thanks to the financial support of ePIFanyNow™sponsor, MSUFCU, we were able to award four recipients with prizes totaling $1,500 to go towards their inspirational projects. It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2017 Y-PIF awards. Encourage youth to pass kindness forward and consider nominating someone next year.
2015 Y-PIF Award.
The ePIFanyNow™ Y-PIF Award honors youth who are passing kindness forward and making a positive contribution to their communities. It is an opportunity for youth to get recognition and added funding for their youth-led activities/projects that provide an in-kind service to others and make a positive contribution to their communities.
Click on the links below to learn more about our 2015 Y-PIF Award Recipients and their projects.
5th graders Isabelle Wynn and Zoe Ziegler from Okemos, Michigan organized a 5K and raised over $1,000 for the LIFE AS A ZEBRA FOUNDATION.
12th grader Rachel Munzenber from South Lyon, Michigan, and friends, raise thousands of dollars for a younger neighbor with Dystonia, a rare neuro-muscular disorder.