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NEVER TOO YOUNG TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – ALICI

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – ALICIA DRIBEN

  • 10 Dec 2016
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When some think of younger people, the words whiny, needy, or self-absorbed may come to mind. Especially to the more cynically inclined. That’s why it comes as widely counter intuitive to many that kids are eager to get involved in giving back.

scan-142840001-1The biggest conclusion in science that debunks the theory that children have no interest in anything outside themselves. “Giving Leads to Happiness in Young Children.” The study also revealed that before the age of two, toddlers exhibit greater happiness when giving treats to others than receiving treats themselves. Further, children are happier after engaging in costly giving forfeiting their own resources than when giving the same treat at no cost.

Another recent study supported by the United Nations and conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University finds that young people are a philanthropic force in the world. It was reported that 9 out of 10 children, between the ages of 8 and 19, actively give back to those in need.
12- year- old Alicia Driben is one of those inspiring youth, who recently started her own company, HOP, whose primary focus is helping people in need. We asked Alicia to elaborate on her experience as a young person making a huge impact. “I learned at a young age that I’m really lucky to have loving parents, a nice home, and good food. Many people in the world don’t have these things. I always wanted to help people but I didn’t know how when I was younger. I felt a bit helpless. So I told my parents I wanted to start my own company where I can make a difference helping others. I want it to be around for a long time, so future generations can also be involved.”

Alicia’s experience speaks to the universal intuitive longing in children to help people in need. To the adults reading, perhaps you remember feeling similarly as a child. “I know whenever I was in Philadelphia or New York City, I would see homeless people that need help. When I’m in animal shelters, I see animals that need to be adopted. All of these things inspired me to start HOP, which stands for Helping Other People.”
“Ever since I was in kindergarten, I’ve always been fascinated by American Indians. I would read about them and was really fascinated by their culture. But I learned that they weren’t the same proud people from years ago. My mom told me that many live on reservations and are in poverty. I was so sad and shocked by this. I started emptying my piggy bank and started donating to them. One charity is St. Josephs Indian School. It helps the kids go to school. It serves about 200 children.”

Alicia offers an invitation for her friends of all ages to join in fulfilling fun. “I think my friends should get involved because we’d raise a lot more awareness as well as raise more money for the charities. It feels really good to help people. Knowing that I’m making someone’s day better, even if it’s small, it’s really important. If everyone helped a little bit, the world would be a much better place.” “The younger you start, the more helping others becomes a habit- people and animals alike.”

Thanks to young people like Alicia, the future and the present appear to be in very capable hands.
Alicia Driben is the founder of HOP, Inc. which stands for “Helping Other People.” She engages in a range of service initiatives, one of which includes selling her old clothes and toys on Ebay and donating the profits to charity. You can learn more about her company at www.hopinneed.com or by contacting Alicia at alicia@boardroomadevisorygroup.com.

 

Original article written October 17, 2014 by Daniel Moore,  LA Business Examiner

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