Charles Lafitte Foundation Announces Champions of Change Program

Program’s First Initiative Empowers Kids to Run Their Own Book Drives

The Charles Lafitte Foundation’s (CLF) Kid’s Corner is pleased to announce the Champions of Change program, which will help kids develop the power to change the world through community service, volunteerism and philanthropy.

The Champions of Change program’s first initiative helps empower kids to run their own book drive, providing a step-by-step instructional toolkit to youth across the country for running a successful book drive to benefit a non-profit organization of their choice.

The Champions of Change toolkit walks youth through the process of planning and executing a successful book drive, from choosing a non-profit beneficiary, finding a location, and collecting and distributing books to the selected organization. The toolkit includes a sample letter to the non-profit beneficiary, permission letter and thank you note for the book drop location and social media graphics to help spread the word.

Photo 1: Kyra Citron, Director of The Charles Lafitte Foundation’s Kid’s Corner has run three successful book drives and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with kids around the country.

“I have seen the efforts of running a successful book drive firsthand, and I am extremely excited to share this program with kids across the country,” said Kyra Citron, Director of the Charles Lafitte Foundation’s Kid’s Corner.

Citron has run three book drives and collected a total of 10,000 books that were donated to the Bridge of Books Foundation, an organization that honored Kyra as an outstanding supporter at its annual fundraising event. Now, Kyra looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with other kids.

“Kid’s Corner is all about empowering kids to make a difference in their community and Champions of Change is a perfect example of our mission in action,” Citron concluded.

Photo 2: Colby Blake, 18, of Federal Way, WA is one of the first to use the Champions of Change toolkit to run a successful book drive.


“Planning and implementing a book drive is perfect for kids,” said Jennifer Vertetis, President, Charles Lafitte Foundation. “Collecting and donating books as a service to the community helps to reinforce the importance of reading and volunteerism. It’s also a great way to fulfill community service projects for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, or youth clubs like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.”

Beyond the Book Drive Program, Kid’s Corner invites all of its Champions of Change to share their creative ideas to help change the world and to become a grant maker, telling CLF about an important nonprofit organization in need of assistance.

CLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids to not only have a voice, but also a role in helping better their community. Kid’s Corner is run by kids for kids, placing the power of change directly in their capable hands. Every child is invited to be a part of Kid’s Corner and become a grant maker by telling the organization which non-profit organizations are important to them and how CLF can help.  More information is available at

About The Charles Lafitte Foundation

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: educationchildren’s advocacymedical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact. In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations.

For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit

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