WE 365: Youth Voices on the Power of Random Acts of Kindness

Andrew Dunn is the founder of a movement called RAK Louisville (Random Acts of Kindness Louisville). Andrew started this movement as a 5th grader in December 2012 and his goal is to flood the city of Louisville with random acts of kindness and epic acts of service.

We identify serving opportunities throughout the community that are suitable for students, promote RAK Louisville projects and continue to raise up RAK Louisville team leaders who can lead projects throughout our community. We work hard to encourage as many people and teams to participate on this day to bring awareness to RAKLouisville.

To help Andrew expand his network and serve a variety of communities, RAK has a Student Advisory Board (SAB) that keeps things organized. The board changes from year to year and consists of about 10 leaders who take on different projects around the city.  SAB leaders meet with Andrew once every month to discuss new opportunities, areas of need, and brainstorm ideas for epic acts of service. The advisory board allows RAK to reach students through various tutoring programs and clothes/hygiene/food drives. Through organizations like Forgotten Louisville, we are able to serve the homeless. Our movement is able to extend globally through WaterStep, which provides safe water and hygiene education to developing countries.

We launch monthly challenges that benefit different grassroots organizations that serve the homeless and needy in the Louisville area. We are committed to spreading the idea of kindness and service in schools through RAK Clubs. We want to continue to challenge students to use their passion to change our city and live their lives with purpose.