Pledge to be Fearless and Kind this Summer

452,282 young people have pledged to BE FEARLESS BE KIND since last fall. That’s over 90% of the way to Youth Service America’s goal of a half million pledges by June 30. Together, you are showing the power of empathy to change the world one kind act at a time. Will you commit to making this summer one of kindness and service?

Families, camps, and youth groups can take the pledge and plan projects together. Download an activity guide to help youth take and reflect on the pledge, do a kind act, and grow their kindness into a service project this summer.

Devices vs. Empathy

From Common Sense Media

The mere presence of a phone on the table between two people having a discussion has been shown to decrease feelings of empathy. Whether this is because the phone owner is distracted by the possibility of an incoming message or the promise of something more interesting on the device is unclear. But it makes sense that if someone isn’t giving you their full attention, they’re less likely to understand or empathize with you, and ultimately that can affect the quality of the relationship.

What to do: Prioritize face-to-face conversation over devices by putting phones and tablets out of site during meals. Recognize your thought pattern during conversations, and if you find yourself wondering about a missed call or guessing how many people liked your most recent Instagram post, refocus your concentration on your friend, spouse, or kid. And acknowledge how difficult digital distraction can be to manage yourself so that your kids understand that you think it’s an important challenge to wrestle with.


Challenge Day at Winter Park Consortium Secondary Schools

This month, about 400 students and more than 50 staff members and parents joined together for Challenge Day at Winter Park High School, Glenridge Middle School and Maitland Middle School.  Challenge Day was designed to foster acceptance and appreciation of one another with the idea of sharing the concept with others.  Students, staff, and parents joined together to share thoughts and to begin developing a sense of unity.

Winter Park High School’s School Advisory Council (SAC) led the efforts to bring Challenge Day to the Winter Park Consortium schools (WPC).  The SACs coordination combined with the many individuals and businesses who donated funds and resources, made Challenge Day in the WPC schools a success.

The acceptance and appreciation developed during Challenge Day  won’t end now that the Challenge Day is complete.  The WPHS SAC has created Be the Change, with the goal of creating a lasting secondary school community and culture that values diversity, supports differences and builds positive relationships. Through Be the Change, programs will be created to give WPC secondary students tools to communicate, adapt and thrive in an ever more complicated world.

Winter Park – Be the Change

  • Provide sustainable programs, such as Challenge Day, based on our student’s needs
  • Show positive student results from programs: increased self-esteem; increased academic achievement; increased connection to and within our community; reduced discipline referrals; and quite literally, lives forever affirmatively changed and even saved.
  • Sign up to Be the Change on Facebook: @winterparkbethechange
  • Support these WPHS efforts in continuing to build a caring, informed, tolerant community by being part of the Change at Winter Park – Be The Change.
  • An in-kind or service donation can be pledged via e-mail to or You will be honored as a Winter Park High School Community Partner and be invited to “Be the Change” project events for special recognition.

Stay tuned for Challenge Day and Be the Change updates!