Check out Balance Boxes, a youth-led initiative founded in Illinois!
STAY TUNED for our Instagram takeover tomorrow (8/7/20) with the founders at their packing party!
Balance Boxes provides students in low-income communities with boxes filled with books, educational games, school supplies, toys, art projects, snacks, meals, and more. In addition, to the personalized boxes, they also provide each family with information to virtual one to one tutoring sessions.
In the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Samantha and Sydney, two-hardworking girls from Illinois realized that many children do not have resources to these games and meals at home that would usually be provided from there schools. In the past five months, they have delivered almost 900 boxes and are making another 800 for kids in the Chicago area!
Since their founding, they have grown their team to members from all across the U.S. and even internationally!
Interview with the Founders:
What grade are you entering?
Sydney: "I am 17 years old and am beginning my Senior year of high school."
Samantha: "I am 16 and am entering my Junior year."
Do you have any personal passions/interests? Are there any extracurriculars you participate
Sydney: "I am really passionate about women in STEM. I feel that more women should pursue careers in STEM and feel that they can achieve anything. I am in Girls Coding Club, Girl Up, Mathletes, Human Rights Club, and am on the national team at GirlCon Chicago (a conference for girls who want to pursue a career in STEM).
Samantha: "In addition to Balance Boxes, I am involved in Debate, Model UN, Voters of Tomorrow, and Legal Aid."
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Sydney: "I enjoy watching movies, walking my dog, and dancing."
Samantha: "I like to watch TV and learn new things!"