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Young Entrepreneur Series – Kids Helping Kids

March 20, 2012

In 1997, a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mischa Zimmermann established Kids Helping Kids. After his first brain surgery, he was in what he called a “locked-in” state. While he was recovering in the hospital, he gave another sick child a video tape and saw how it brought such joy. He came up with the idea to simply help other kids.

He recruited his friends to start working to help bring comfort to sick kids. A nonprofit volunteer organization run by teens to benefit teens and children affected by catastrophic illness or injury, KHK provides support with peer interaction, mobility equipment, and special wishes while also raising awareness of the life changes these individuals and their families face. The teens who are a part of KHK often help with event and activity planning, learning the value of contributing their time and developing a profound sense of commitment to something bigger than themselves.

While helping kids with illnesses or injuries, the organization also does something important for the volunteers. They learn lessons in social entrepreneurship – like how to run a business, how to make a profit, and how to allocate resources.

You can do it too! Visit Secret Millionaires Club Learn & Earn to watch webisodes where a team of kids identifies problems and learns how to solve them, with help from their friend Warren Buffett.

Maybe you can make a difference in the lives of kids the way Mischa did. Sadly, he died from his illness in 2005. His legacy lives on, empowering kids to help other kids every day.

Answer this: How have the kids that you know (either individually or as a group) helped others? Let’s hear your comments!

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