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Change Makers: Rishika Jeyaprakash is a teenager inspiring kids to be kind

WONKedition's interview series Change Makers spotlights the Gen Z stars taking action to change the world.

September 2020
Meet the founder of Little Helpers:

Who are you?
Hi! I am Rishika Jeyaprakash, a fourteen-year-old from Mason, Ohio. I am the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Little Helpers.

What’s Little Helpers?
You don't have to be old to be kind, and Little Helpers strives to show that! Little Helpers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving with a motto of inspiring other kids to radiate kindness and help out! LH aims to plant the seed of kindness in kids at a young age and grow a garden of love in them. Throughout our journey, we have done over 55 service projects, raised more than $14,000, donated over 4,500 new toys to the Cincinnati Children’s hospital, and thousands of smiles!!!

Why did you start Little Helpers?
When I was about 7 or 8, I started to notice the world around me and saw how not everyone had the same privileges I did. Something inside of me kept nagging and telling me to spread my blessings and make a difference in others' lives. So, 9-year-old me founded Little Helpers on July 23rd, 2015 with the motto of getting inspired and inspiring others to help.

Where do you see yourself and Little Helpersone year from now?
One year from now I see myself and Little Helpers inspiring several more people to spread kindness and making a greater impact in the community. Many kids have been inspired and have continued the kindness train, and I see several more in the future.

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