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The Power of Children Award
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Power of Children Awards
The Power of Children Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To date, 44 winners from 31 cities have raised millions of dollars and impacted thousands of lives around
the world.
10th Anniversary Power of Children Awards Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
This ceremony will welcome our newest winners and honor past recipients who have made a significant impact on the lives of others over the past 10 years.
For ticket information, go to: poca-nov7.eventbrite.com
Power of Children Symposium
Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This event will create an opportunity for youths in grades 5-10 to understand and design ways to make a difference in their world.
For questions or to sign up for the symposium, please contact Debbie Young at debbiey@childrensmuseum.org or call 317-334-4140.
The Power of Children
The Children’s Museum recognizes youth that make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others. The Power of Children Awards (POCA) were
created in 2005 to align with the mission of The Children’s Museum. The awards were inspired by the museum’s influential permanent exhibit, The Power of Children:
Making a Difference, which features three extraordinary children who touched the world in unique ways: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.
Each award recipient will receive the following:
•        A $2,000 grant to continue his or her extraordinary work.
•        A four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning.
•        Recognition in the museum’s The Power of Children exhibit for at least one year. This includes a video interview about their service project.
•        Honor and recognition during a special awards event on Nov. 7, 2014, at The Children's Museum.
Congratulations to the 2014 Power of Children Award Winners!
•        Isaac McFarland
Project: Game Changers Tackling Hunger
•        Matthew Kaplan
Project: The Be ONE Project
•        Tatum Parker
Project: Tatum’s Bags of Fun
•        Kendra Springs
Project: Kendra’s Call for Komfort
•        My’Kah Knowlin
Project: Boxes of Love
•        Mariah Reynolds
Project: gLOVE One Another

Presented by

My’Kah Knowlin
•        Age: 13
•        Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
•        School year: 7, School: Lux Middle School
•        Project: Boxes of Love
In May 2011, a then ten-year old girl in Lincoln, Nebraska, was stunned by the devastation a tornado delivered 350 miles away in Joplin, Missouri. The sight of children who
lost everything, some even their families, hit My’Kah hard.  She saw the need for children to hold something of their own, something tangible. Immediately My’Kah’s shoe box
business launched. A goal to fill 100 shoe boxes with toys, snacks and hygiene items was far surpassed.  In three years, the young philanthropist has recruited over 100
volunteers who’ve helped fill over 3,000 boxes. The care packages, along with monetary donations to Ronald McDonald Houses in Joplin and Moore, Oklahoma (the site of a
massive 2013 tornado) were possible because of $75,000 raised by Boxes of Love. “I believe my biggest impact is showing the kids that they are not alone and that there are
other kids out there who really do care about them,” said My’Kah.
My’Kah’s mission has expanded to help teachers restock classrooms with supplies following disasters and to send Boxes of Love to military men and women in
Afghanistan.