About us

Who are we? Kids for a Better Future (KBF) is a non-profit organization run entirely by and for children, based in New York City.  We're dedicated to helping other children  – considering the privileges we're lucky enough to have, including food, shelter and education, we consider it our responsibility to do our part for kids who don't always have those things.

What do we do? KBF was founded in 2006 by then 8 year old Akash V. Mehta. Each year we choose a different group of kids to support by raising money and advocating for them.  In the past, we've supported a girls' school in Afghanistanthe shelter and rehabilitation of former-child soldiers in the Congochildren affected by the 1984 Bhopal industrial disasterhomeless children in NYCteen-peacemakers in conflict areasa groundbreaking school in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and a text-based suicide hotline for teens. In total, we've raised well over $100,000 for children around the world!

How do we do it? Each year, we choose a different organization to support that does crucial work for the kids we want to help. We raise money for them through a variety of events – everything from birthday appeals to walkathons to lemonade stands – as well as advocating for them in whatever way possible.

A photo from 2007, in which some of our members try to appear very business-like and official.