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Lanesville grad helps youth 'ignite good'



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Participants in the Global Game Changers program at the YMCA of Harrison County take turns wearing a cape as they learn they have "superpowers" that can help make the world a better place. (click for larger version)
July 17, 2013 | 09:39 AM

Recent Lanesville graduate and Youth Philanthropy Council member Becca Riley earlier this month conducted a course for 8- to 10-year-olds at the YMCA of Harrison County to help show the youngsters they can help others with a program called Global Game Changers.

Riley said the program not only instills the desire to help others in their community, but it also deflects apathy in youth and teaches them to report bullying.

The Global Game Changers, with a motto of "Ignite good," is an innovative organization with award-winning products and tools that add a special twist to an old family tradition, according to its website, theglobalgamechangers.com.

Created by a mother-daughter team, these tools teach and inspire children to discover, at an early age, that they have real life superpowers that can make the world a better place.

Global Game Changers practices philanthropy by giving back a portion of proceeds to charities chosen by the children who join the website.

Riley led the group in Corydon by helping them send cards to children's hospitals, Chex Mix goodie bags to homeless shelters and thank-you cards to local veterans and creating signage for the animal shelter, among other activities.

The program took place during the Y's Community Heroes Week.

"It was really inspiring to get younger kids to know they can be a help to others," Riley said.

Seventeen children from the Y's preschool group, took part in the week-long program.

The Harrison County Youth Philanthropy Council, a part of the Harrison County Community Foundation, is designed to teach skills, to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and to make philanthropy a "habit of the heart" for future generations. The program goals are to promote youth development through experiences in philanthropy, to encourage and support community initiatives which youth care about and to engage youth and adults in partnership through giving and serving for the common good.

As for Riley's educational future, she plans to study agronomy at Northwest Missouri State University.

Riley said she hopes to conduct the program again next summer at not only the Y, but also at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County at the Gerdon Youth Center in Corydon.

Twitter: @rossschulz

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