16 Things Kids Can Do
“16 Things” is a non-profit educational organization that works for the betterment of kids, people, and the planet through a series of books, workshops, programs and activities all designed to help people lead happier, healthier, and more successful lives.
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16 Things is inviting you to add your name to what may turn into the most significant program in the history of the web. You are hereby cordially invited to become a member of the Karma Club.
The problems of the world are not going to be solved by governments, corporations or religions, but by people around the world working together as one, with a common focus that is consistent, persistent and insistent in its scope.
Each day Karma Club members all over the world will wake up and on their cell phones, computers and devices, there is a daily Planned Act of Kindness that they can do with their family, friends, co-workers and in their community.
The goal is to have tens of millions of people doing the same thing on the same day, and unleashing that much powerful, positive energy into world. And because many problems take more than one day to effect change, we have the Cause of the Month as well.
So again, we ask you to take a minute, and add your voice to the chorus of activists that embrace all segments of society, as we strive to create the peace and harmony that will give balance to world, and bring happiness and longevity to its children.
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National Kids’ Month:
With support from Governors, Mayors and People of Influence around the country, we are asking the President to issue a Proclamation establishing August as “National Kids’ Month.” Each week will have a series of free workshops and activities across the country in conjunction with schools, churches & temples, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses offering education and action plans on the following subjects:
Week 1: Health, Fitness & Nutrition
Week 2: Financial Literacy & Financial Planning
Week 3: Communication & Literacy
Week 4: Social Responsibility & Volunteerism
International Kids’ Month
We are taking National Kids’ Month to the United Nations and having them promote the program to their member countries … because children all over the world can benefit from the education and action plans.
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Reference Book Series
16Things’ Executive Director and author, Lyle Benjamin, has created an educational Reference Book series endorsed by Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), where each book depicts 16 problems people encounter in specific areas of their lives, their normal unproductive responses, and “The Real Deal” – the steps they need to do and why – to solve the problems.
Each problem is also addressed by two industry experts that give their testimony as to the why and how to solve the issue. Experts have their photo, credentials, achievements, website, e-mail and social media published in the book to enhance the credibility of their testimony.
100,000 copies of each title will be produce with books available through sponsors, schools, churches/temples, non-profits, government agencies, businesses as well as bookstores and magazine stands with a total circulation of over half a million per title.
Board of Advisors will be established in different countries that will be in charge of culturally adapting each book to their own country by having their own national experts for each title. Because what works in the United States may not work well in other countries around the world.
Better Communication & Literacy Workshops
The books form a network of reference books that are used in “Better Communication & Literacy Workshops.” These are workshops where youth get together (adults get together separately) and they read out loud from the book the problems and solutions, and have a group discussion about the issues. The books are expert reference books and the workshops are peer support groups. The reason why people join fraternities and sororities in colleges is that they want the social interaction; they want the connections for later on in life; and, they want to develop friendships. These are the same benefits they get from the workshops.
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Entrepreneurs Small Business Network
The Entrepreneurs Small Business Network works as 16 Things’ business and financial services outreach partner. Custom education: When we sit down to help people, everyone is not the same, so we provide custom solutions. We find out what their objectives are, where they currently are, and then educate them on the best way to achieve their objective.
Custom Action: When we present plans, we don’t charge the people we help. If they like the recommendations we make, they pay the company we recommend. and then that company compensates us out of future profits. After all, who can afford it more, the individuals and families we’re working to help, or a multi-million, multi-billion dollar company?
Community Partnership Centers
These are centers set up by ordinary people utilizing our programs to do outreach in their community. People can walk in and get free assistance in areas they need help including debt reduction/management, education, health, income, legal advice, ownership, protection, retirement, savings, taxes and work. We work with five types of institutions (schools, churches & temples, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses) provide programs & services designed to help five types of people (students, employees, business owners, retirees, and unemployed). And we make large companies pay the community center, not the people we are working to help.
Starting in 2017, we are giving ordinary people (four per center) the opportunity to be of service to their community by opening up a Community Partnership Center in their neighborhood.
This is a street level brick and mortar business where people come and get the help they need regarding debt, education, health, income, legal, protections, insurance, retirement, savings, taxes, and work/career.
Through 16 Things Community Outreach programs, the CPCs work in conjunction with area schools, churches/temples, NPOs, Agencies and Businesses providing access to programs and services designed to actually help people.
The CPCs do not charge the people they help, (read the previous column: “Custom Benefits Plans”), instead they make large companies pay for the work we provide.
From set-up to start up, we provide all the training, licensing (when dealing with people’s money, we are licensed and government regulated) programs, materials and support services.
The time frame is 2-3 months of team training and outreach before the CPC opens.
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16 Things Visual Communication Content includes everything from Graphic Design to Animation to Video Production.
From pre-production through post-production, from on-air talent to internet social media, whatever you’re interested in, we have the programs that can put your interests and skills to use for the benefit of others.
Creating Testimonials to Telethons, from Public Services Announcements (PSAs) to Internet and Cable Based Television programming.
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Our book series will not just be translated into other languages because we have the answers for the rest of the world on these issues. With your help, we will be creating Board of Advisors comprised of experts and influencers from each country. The BOA are charged with the social responsibility of pulling together experts for inclusion in the books in order to make the information culturally relevant and expedient to the people.
Additionally, everything from our educational programs, workshops, work and entrepreneurship programs will be available in service to others.
• Legacy Building Workshops: 5 Keys for Financial Success: Expense Savings, Debt Management, Affordable Legal Services, Financial Literacy and Planning, and Increasing Income.
• Money Matters Workshops: Custom Benefit Plans for Everyone
• Health Care Protection Workshops: How to Prevent Health Costs from Devastating Your Family
• Children’s College Educational Workshops: A Parent’s Guide to Securing Their Child’s Financial Future
• Socially Responsible Business Ownership: From Employee to Big Business Ownership in Two Months
• B.O.O.S.T. Business Owners’ Options, Strategies & Tactics
• Adding Income Workshops: How To Find Work Employing Non-Traditional Outreach
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Regardless of education or income, everyone deserves the opportunity to live a happy, healthy and successful life. Unfortunately, as it stands now, the majority of us are going to have difficulties obtaining our goals.
At the root of our problems are the institutions that work against us: Our schools don’t provide the “right” education for today’s realities, and the companies we work for, our banks, Wall Street and the government — all have the roles they play in the problems 99% of us encounter during our lives.
We provide Custom Benefit Plans through Schools, Churches/Temples, NPOs, Agencies and Businesses (they all have their own objectives as to why they let us in) to help individuals and families (i.e., owners, employees, contractors, spouses, children as well as the retired, veterans, and unemployed) build for their future.
Our programs provide safety, growth, protections and tax advantages that you cannot get from banks, 401k/403b/457 retirement plans, IRAs, SEPs, etc.
Our goal is to provide people with retirement plans where their money isn’t subject to market loss, penalties on withdrawals or taxation when you need the money. Likewise, you are free to withdraw funds for emergencies, children’s education, home ownership, vacations, etc.
It’s your money. We just make sure it stays your money.
We don’t sell anything. We are free to go to the company that has the best program to meet that person’s goals. When we present plans, we don’t charge the people that we help. If they like the plan, they pay the company direct and then we have the company compensate us out of future profits. After all, who can afford it more? The people that need our assistance or companies with deep pockets?
And for the organizations whose people we help? We charge them nothing for the work we do: Nothing to educate, zero to set-up, zero to administer.
And everything we do is custom. Our Entrepreneurs Small Business Network provides accesss to multi-million, multi-billion dollar companies that have socially responsible services & programs. When we sit down to help people, everyone is not the same so we provide custom solutions.
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What truly makes our internship/mentorship program different is that students work and learn on important social responsibility real world programs where they get advanced skill training in their areas of interest while adding in eight foundation disciplines — because these are the skills people need to be successful, both professionally and personally, and they are not taught comprehensively in school:
5. Office technology
7. Problem Solving
8. Time management
Students that complete the program receive the following additional benefits:
1. Resume Analysis and Correction
2. Custom Letter of Recommendation
3. Portfolio Development
4. Career Opportunities / CPT, OPT
> Business/Entrepreneurship: Marketing, Business Management, Finance, Advertising, PR, Communications, Social Media for Books, Workshops, Programs, and Television.
> Publishing: Graphic Design, Writing, Business Management, Marketing, Advertising, PR & Communication, Special Events for Book Printing & Distribution.
> Video Production/Visual Media: All phases of Pre-, Production, Post-Production for Television, Internet TV and Special Programs including one-hour “16Things TV Magazine” series, Educational Events/ Workshops, and 24-Hour Telethons.
> App, Web-Site Development & Computer Programming: HTML, ASP, Sql, Photoshop, Web-Site to Database, Shopping Cart, Android & Apple App Development; WordPress Site Development.
> Graphic Arts: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Quark, Flash, Shockwave for Books, Board Games, Publication & Print Work, Web-Site Construction, Apps.
> Meetings & Special Events: From Location Scouting to Coordination and Management for Workshops, Fund-Raisers, Galas, Auctions, Seminars, Auditions, TV Production Shoots.
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LEARN: The “Youth Learn & Earn” program is designed to provide high school and college students, veterans, etc. with training in real-world skills while working on social and business related programs that benefit the community. Trainees in the 3-month program learn communication, business, marketing, management, office technology, research, problem solving and time management skills.
EARN: Participants have the opportunity to put their training and skills to use to earn significant income per week by program completion. Upon graduation, participants can elect to stay in the program as a full-time career position earning between $36,000-$48,000 annually.
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One of the fundamental areas that people struggle with over their lifetimes is money. More specifically, finances. In keeping with our mission, we created several excellent programs that provide people with the opportunity to learn and earn a five- or six-figure income while helping educate and protect individuals and families on many important areas of their lives.
We provide free college and community based financial education workshops to teach people financial concepts they need to know in order to build effective retirement plans, educational funding plans, and estate preservation plans.
If you think you already know this information, it’s still worth it to check out. We meet with CPA, CFP, CFAs, Owners, Businesspeople, Educators, MBAs, Lawyers, Accountants, etc. 95% don’t know what we teach.
Our goal is to give everyone, regardless of education or income, the tools they need to become financially independent and achieve their goals and dreams. And that doesn’t mean that you scrapped together $50K, $100K or even $300K: Our goal for you is to be able to live off the interest that your assets generate — so you never have to eat away at your principal and run out of money.
Most importantly, we make sure our client’s hard-earned savings and investments are never at risk due to market loss or health issues (like chronic or long term care if qualified).
This is a government regulated, licensed professional career position in the financial services industry — However, no prior experience is necessary. All training is provided and you can earn while you learn. The only things you need to bring are your (1) desire to help people (2) determination to be successful and (3) a willingness to learn.
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Basketball & Bonding
Basketball & Bonding bonds parents and their children through basketball. We do this in six one-hour sessions where the kids get trained in basketball while the parents go to financial workshops where they learn how to properly save, protect and grow their money for buying a house, funding their children’s education, and properly building for retirement.
After 30 minutes, parents and kids back together and the kids spend 10 minutes teaching their parents what they learned (even if their parent played in the NBA!). For the last 20 minutes the kids and parents team up and 6-10 year olds play Horse and 11-16 years play games … but parents and kids play together on the same team to better bond.
Entrepreneurship & Business Development Programs
• Social Entrepreneurship Program: Connect with Franchises around the country to provide them with our exclusive Social Responsibility Outreach Program that combines branding, marketing, advertising, public relations, employee custom benefits programs with double digit growth
• Community Partnership Center Business Ownership Program: Learn how to establish, manage and own a CPC in any city around the country — all in about three months
• Book Publishing: Work on the business side of 16Things’ hybrid book series that combine the longevity of reference books with the color and circulation of magazines
• Basketball & Bonding Sports & Financial Literacy Program: Education and action plan for parents coupled with basketball training and fun for kids
• B2B Community Circulars: Service and product discount program to benefit local businesses and residents produce for schools, churches, clubs, NPOs, businesses
Special Events & Fund-Raising
Whatever your interests, whatever your experience — There’s always an opportunity to get involved and make things happen!—
Action is everything:
• Volunteer Events (like Earth Day Outreach)
• Membership Drives for Planned Acts of Kindness
• PAK Cause of the Month Awareness
• National Kids’ Month Programs
• Social Media Video Events
• Career Fairs
• Community Outreach Workshops
• Dance Offs
• And Much, Much More …
Television & Internet Production
• 16 Things’ The Karma Club: Featuring Planned Acts of Kindness from individuals, schools, churches/temples, non-profits, government officials, and companies around the world.
• 16 Things’ TV Magazine: Think “60 Minutes” meets “Entertainment Tonight” and you have format for our Magazine Show. Two in-depth explorations of featured topics and a half dozen departments with 10-15-second clips. Segments are suggested, and sometimes produced, by viewer and clubs around the country.
• 16 Things’ Cooking with Kids TV: It is a quick-paced show featuring celebrities, experts and kids exploring health and nutrition issues, solutions and demonstrations of a recipe or two. Hosted by kids and produced for kids of all ages.
• 16 Things’ Celebrity Quest TV: 16 Things Fund-Raising Event that empowers kids in schools and communities across the country to experience what it’s like to compete in a “Socially Responsible” Talent Contest that rewards effort and performance at all stages. Contests in different communities are filmed and submitted with clips forming the basis of the TV Show. As winning Individuals and Groups move up in the competition they are pitted against each other to narrow down the competition … ultimately culminating in the grand finale where the winners are chosen.