Paying it Forward with 11,000 Bracelets


After seeing someone being bullied in her school class in Sacramento, Leah decided to do something about it. She started a program called “Becuz I Care” that focuses on paying acts of kindness forward to others. Pretty impressive given that she was in 5th grade and only 10 years old when she started her non profit. Her pay it forward initiative is now sweeping the world. Over 11,000 bracelets later and over 32 million people that have seen her story, Leah is showing the world how to be kind. Maybe the most important thing she is proving however is that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can still change the world.

All you have to do is start with a few bracelets, then whenever you do something nice for someone (i.e. buy their coffee at Starbucks, or pay them a compliment) you give them a bracelet, and pass down this message:

In a world with so many issues, let’s just show other people that they are valued.

To pay it forward and join the movement, go to

BecuzIcare11 chapters are active in the United States, France, Brazil, Japan, Italy, England, Portugal, South Africa, Philippines, Morocco, Mexico and Canada. The initiative is now active on every continent in the world.