The Riley’s Way Foundation: Call For Kindness

Join the ranks of hundreds across the country who have already answered the Call For Kindness!

We’re on the lookout for youth led projects that embody Riley’s Way values kindness, empathy, youth leadership, and inclusive community. Your project could be the spark that addresses social justice, builds connections, and strengthens communities. Apply now to add your voice to this incredible movement!

 Application deadline: March 25, 2024

Special Focus on Educational Equity

In addition to the general category, we’re particularly excited about projects that tackle the 2024 special topic: Educational Equity. At least ten projects focused on this critical theme will be recognized and supported.

Yuriko Kikuchi Arigato Award

We’re also continuing our support for projects in the dance and performing arts field through the Yuriko Kikuchi Arigato Award. This special recognition, meaning “thank you” in Japanese, honors Yuriko, a trailblazing dancer, choreographer, and guardian of Martha Graham’s legacy. This award is particularly close to our hearts as Yuriko was the grandmother of our Director of Operations, Laura Kikuchi Dunn.

The Call For Kindness Fellowship & Grant

Get ready for a transformative experience! Riley’s Way plans to award up to 40 youth-led projects in 2024. This includes 25 start-up grants of up to $5,000 and 15 grants of up to $3,000. The grant will be disbursed in two portions, providing financial support for your project’s growth.

But it doesn’t stop there! C4K Fellows will also embark on a dynamic Leadership Development Fellowship. This year-long journey includes monthly virtual networking and skill-building sessions, plus an in-person Leadership Retreat. Dive into workshops led by peers and field experts, tailored to your needs and interests.

What to Expect from the Fellowship

1. Skill Building: Enhance your leadership and project management skills with workshops covering diversity, equity, and inclusion, budgeting & fundraising, and media engagement.

2. Inclusive Community: Join a national network of like-minded youth, adults, and experts. Share your story, strengthen your networking skills, and build lasting bonds.

3. Project Support: Receive direct financial support and 1:1 mentoring. Benefit from bi-weekly one-on-one conversations, group brainstorms, and problem-solving sessions.

Partnerships for Impact

For legal and tax reasons, grant money cannot be directly awarded to individuals. Consider partnering with a registered 501(c)(3) organization, such as your school or a nonprofit, to act as your fiscal sponsor. Don’t have one? No problem! Riley’s Way will help you find a partner during the Fellowship process.

Fellowship Expectations

The Call For Kindness program extends beyond the grant – it’s a lifelong community of young changemakers. As a Fellow, you’ll attend virtual and in-person sessions, connect with mentors, submit grant reports, and have a ton of fun along the way!

How to Apply

Ready to kickstart your project? Click here to begin your application. Whether it’s a written or video application, and whether you’re going solo or with a group of peers, the choice is yours. Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on March 25, 2024.

If you have questions, reach out to us at [email protected].


  • March 25, 2024: Application deadline
  • April 16-25, 2024: Brief interviews with finalists
  • May 6, 2024: Winners announced in celebration of Riley Sandler’s birthday.

Ready to be a part of something incredible? Answer the Call for Kindness and let’s make a positive change together!

Apply now

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