October #GetKind: Kindling a Fire in our Minds

#GetKindAs humans, we spend our days in ceaseless dedication to collecting as much knowledge as possible. Some of the lucky among us are able to enjoy the comforts of a traditional classroom while the rest gather information in an unorthodox and inventive way. And yet, for others, gaining a thorough education may seem daunting or even impossible for reasons outside of their control.

That’s where you come in.

At Random Acts, we believe that small acts can cause great change, which is why we chose “Education” as October’s #GetKind theme — because even minuscule contributions or partial efforts toward a brighter educational future (for ourselves and others) can make waves and trigger major societal evolution. Each one of us can play a part in this change — so what will you do to help?

If you’re stuck brainstorming, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • To change the world, you must first understand it: local libraries and online streaming sites offer a plethora of interesting documentaries to widen your scope and deepen your ability to evaluate your surroundings. Educate yourself and enjoy a great film at the same time by hosting a “book club” type meet-up to discuss the latest documentary in your queue with some new friends.
  • Donate books to a local literacy center. Community programs tend to be a major hub for neighborhood growth and knowledge-sharing while simultaneously providing a non-discriminatory study space. You can help their efforts by lending a few of your own books to their supply.
  • Support STEM programs for young girls when you can. In 2011, the US Department of Commerce reported only 1 in 7 engineers as being female. In 2012, Forbes magazine reported that, out of all the computer science degrees awarded in the United States that year, less than 20% went to women. Internationally, these numbers are equally disappointing. You can make a change: donate your time or resources to programs that are encouraging interested young women to follow their passions in the fields of science, math, and technology.
  • Organize a fundraiser for a local school. With budget cuts across the board, many countries have been forced to cut back on classroom supplies and “non-essential” courses in music, literature and art departments. Help them out by gathering a list of the things they need most and calling in a few volunteers to get them back on track.
  • Offer tutoring services free of charge. Whether it’s for adults, children, or adolescents, spend some of your free time this month giving back to those who could use a little academic assistance.
  • Become an educational sponsor for a child overseas. There are several different groups which offer channels to sponsorship — take a moment to see how you can help youth in crisis affected or less developed regions of the world gain a valuable wealth of knowledge.
  • Start learning a new language. Communication between global citizens is imperative for any sort of relief or kindness effort. Begin each week by learning a few new phrases or writing skills if you can.
  • Don’t forget that sometimes the best way to encourage academic or educational success is to take on a challenge together — and with Random Acts annual Class Act award program open for submissions, it’s a great time to get the ball rolling. Plan a kindness activity or a charitable collaboration with your students or classmates and you could win $3,000 for your school or school-sanctioned group.

As the Greek biographer Plutarch once wrote, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” With your help in stoking those fires, the future will most certainly be bright. Let’s get out and #GetKind!

 If you have an idea for an act in your community but need assistance with materials or funding, make sure to fill out one of our Act Proposal forms. We’re here to help!