Have a kid who truly wants to make a difference and has a passion for serving others?
We Cancerve is looking for kids with heart to serve on it’s all-youth board of advisors. They are inviting kids, tweens, and teens between the ages of 8-18 in Harford County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County to apply for one of the non-profit’s five seats. This is the first time the organization is recruiting new board members by application.
“I really want 2018 to be a year of change and development for We Cancerve, and that all starts with my Board Members and myself,” said 13-year-old Grace Callwood, who founded We Cancerve in 2012, at age seven, to identify easy and low-cost ways children could help meet the immediate needs of some of the most vulnerable children in their communities: homeless, sick and foster children. Grace, who was named a 2015 Peace First Fellow at age 10, believes “there is no age limit on helping others. Young people are always being restricted on what we can or cannot do, but we will not put an age limit on who can help those in need.”
She credits a November business meeting in New York City’s financial district with executives from BlackRock as a catalyst for making such a big change in her organization. While there as a Peace First Fellow, she participated in a “Brain Trust,” or meeting that brought together experts from various disciplines to address a single business challenge. For Grace, it was looking at an expansion plan to answer requests she’s received to form regional chapters from people in South Carolina, Ohio and California. In that discussion, she realized she could extend greater roles and responsibilities to her board.
“With a strong board, we will be able to do so much in the future that will lead us to help bring more impactful projects and initiatives, and new ideas that benefit sick, foster, and homeless children,” said Grace.
Some of the projects that We Cancerve manages are free summer day camps at transitional housing programs, operating a full-service boutique to provide new and like-new clothes for teen girls in foster care at a Bel Air group home, and so much more. Check out their website for a full list of projects.
What is required of Board Members? Attendance at a quarterly meeting (held the firstr Fridays of the month from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Harford County), where they will be able to present new program ideas for review and approval. Ideal applicants should be maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher, understand and appreciate the concept of teamwork, and above all — be sincere.
“We do our work whole-heartedly, genuinely, with no strings attached. Plain and simple,” said Grace. “We don’t do this for the awards, or the recognitions or the publicity. We do this because this is what we love to do. I want board members that would work hard, even if no one knew it. We could be totally ignored and unnoticed, and it wouldn’t bother any of us as long as the children get what they need, we are happy.”
Of course, board members rely on their parents and other adults for guidance, transportation, and networking. (Parents are supporters to the advisors but are not board members but their input and support are valuable!).
Applications are being accepted online through February 8, 2018. Top candidates will be notified by email and interviewed in person or by phone by February 28. Have questions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Photo Credit: We Cancerve won a Karma for Cara microgrant in 2016 to create “Wearable Blankets,” a project led by then 10-year-old Alexis Bell, second from left, former board member. She’s joined by current board members We Cancerve Founder Grace Callwood (left), Erin Acerno and Amol Menon. Photo courtesy of We Cancerve archives/T’Jae Ellis.