People gather to protest in outrage after the death of George Floyd, the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality, in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 29. Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images. See more on this news story at: https://www.vox.com/2020/5/30/21275600/george-floyd-protest-photos-minneapolis-atlanta-new-york

We at Just For Kidz want to take a moment to respond to and mourn the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and the thousands of other Black people and youth that have been killed or brutalized at the hands of police officers or have faced systemic and individual racism or oppression at the hands of white supremacy.

We apologize for the delay and apologize to any community members who were waiting to hear from us or were disappointed in our silence. We wanted to take some time to put together a statement that…


This blog post was written by Hannah Belayachi, Director of Public Relations, and edited by Meghana Bharadwaj, JFK’s Executive Director.

Students of Lafayette High School taking part in the greenhouse

In Spring of 2017, Just For Kidz Cornell received a grant from the Cornell Community Partnership Funding Board to build a community action project. With it, we launched Stack the Snacks, a program that aims to address child food insecurity. In Ithaca, we partnered with the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, a public school with 78% of students at or below the poverty line and whose students faced food insecurity concerns, to build in-class room food pantries with healthy and…


This article was written by Sumair Bhimani, Director of Operations, in honor of Children’s Nutrition Month

Chocolates, chips, nachos, sodas, and fries were all types of junk food I regularly ate as a kid. My parents always emphasized the need for eating healthy foods, or at least non-junk foods, but I never listened. Children grow up on junk food and in some ways, eating junk food is an integral component of the childhood experience. While it may not be hard to believe that malnutrition can negatively affect academic performances of children, poor nutrition can also have the same effect. …


This article was written by Hannah Belayachi, Director of Public Relations, with information from the UN and Global Issues

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Over 3 billion people in the world live on under $2.50 a day. Furthermore, one billion children live in poverty; 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services, and according to UNICEF, around 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.

On December 22nd…


This article was written by Justin Zhou, Public Relations associate, with information from the Legal Information Institute, the UNHCR, and the International Labour Organization.

“Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there.”

It is a common saying, but it stands true; illegal activities, deeply rooted in a network of perpetrators and victims, happen everywhere around us even without us knowing. Human trafficking is one of those underground activities that has become a growing epidemic on a global scale. …


The following was written by Anisha Sapre and Neha Pattanaik, Public Relations Associates, with information from the following sources: World Skills, United Nations, and Humanium.

On July 15 we celebrate World Youth Skills Day. The idea for this day was first introduced by Sri Lanka in December 2014 and subsequently approved by the United Nations General Assembly. It aims at bettering socioeconomic conditions for youth by increasing “education and training” in order to secure a better future, especially in terms of employment.

This day also brings the global community closer to achieving Goal 4 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…


This article was written by Neha Pattanaik, Public Relations Associate, with information from NPR, Vox, Unite for Sight,CNN, Texas Civil Rights Project, and the United Nations.

On June 20th, we celebrate World Refugee Day. This day, according to the United Nations is aimed at “commemorate[ing] the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees.” It is difficult, however, to celebrate such a day with the appalling treatment of refugees globally, and more recently, in the United States.

The refugee crisis is driven by conflicts, some of the most prominent being in Syria, South Sudan and Myanmar. Millions of people are…


The following article was written by Shristi Varshney, Director of Development, with sourcing from Scholastic, the UCW Programme, and the ILO, for June 12th, which is recognized as the World Day Against Child Labour.

While child labor cannot be eradicated overnight and is a means of children being able to provide for themselves, steps must be taken to gradually bring child labor to an end since it is a detriment to not only a child’s life but also to the economic situation of a country.

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During the Industrial Revolution when factories started to emerge in England and the United States…


This blog was written by Anisha Sapre and Neha Pattanaik, Public Relations Associates, with information from the following sources: Reachma, ChildHelp, and The Youth Violence Prevention.

A healthy relationship is one where there is a mutual connection of trust, respect, and honesty. There are different types of relationships, including familial, platonic, and romantic. No matter what relationship it is, a key part of maintaining it is communication. With communication, all point of views are expressed and it calls for minimum clashing. You should feel safe in any type of relationship in order for it to be healthy.

A familial relationship…


This blog was written by Kyle Rood, our Director of Finance, with sources from The Washington Post and the CDC

When I reflect back on my favorite memories from my childhood, I immediately think of my time participating in team sports. I can remember everything from my dad tying my cleats before soccer games when I was four, to winning a County Championship with my high school varsity team my junior year of high school. Sports were a time for my whole family to bond, as my parents were almost always in the stands cheering me on, and I taught…

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