Ciara shares her charity goal this year
As our inspiring young Kindness Challenge participants work to reach their philanthropic goals over the next several weeks, we've asked several folks to lend their advice. I guess you could call them our Kindness Challenge mentors. So from cause marketing experts to a literary agent, all of our participants are enjoying one-on-one mentoring sessions this week, which you'll hear more about in their next update.
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For an extra bonus, we've also asked several celanthropists (a.k.a. celebrity philanthropists) to weigh in.
Read on to find out what advice music artist Ciara has for our challenge participants this week.
Kindness: What is your Kindness Challenge goal -- or philanthropic goal -- for 2011?
Ciara: My philanthropic goal is to keep giving as much as possible and specifically, to set up a clinic/organization to help young girls build self esteem by sharing the wisdom I've gathered over the years and giving them access to other women who can provide inspiration, as well as tools, education and resources that will help them enhance their self images, self confidence and character.
Kindness: Why did you decide to take on this goal?
Ciara: It hurts me to know that many young women don't have anyone to provide them with the tools and support that they need. And it means so much to me to know that I can help put a smile on a young girl's face. There's no greater feeling in the world than knowing you can help make a difference and I feel compelled to help young girls grow up to be the best women that they can be.
Kindness: What things will you be doing to reach it?
Ciara: I will be teaming up with great women and people that I know and admire to organize the clinics and events. We will work together to identify and target young girls who are in need of self esteem building. I'm hoping that these initiatives will continue to expand and grow throughout the years to come.
What advice do you have for our young, Kindness Challenge participants, as they work to reach their own philanthropic goals?
Ciara: My advice to them is to keep working toward your goals no matter how big or small the effort because it all makes a difference. Continue to give whatever and whenever you can and when you find a cause or organization that you really connect with, stay with it . Also, enlist the support of your family and friends because as I always say, teamwork makes the dream work and the more people you have working toward a common goal, the more successful it will be.
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