Kids Coming Together helps kids in grades three through eight to develop lasting relationships through community service. Because it may be difficult for parents to get their kids to come to an event designed for them to “make friends,” Kids Coming Together focuses on relationship-building through community service projects. Projects are intentionally scaled for small groups to increase opportunities for connection, and might include helping a neighbor in need, trail repair, visiting a senior living facility, or caring for animals at local animal rescue facilities.
These events serve the community and facilitate a welcoming environment in which children can engage with their peers and potentially gain a support system. Eastlake High School student volunteers facilitate these events, forming mentor-like relationships while helping the younger children engage in positive social interactions and ultimately take steps to form friendships with their peers.