The first children’s chapter of OMEP was formed at The Broadoaks School of Whittier College in 2007. It’s purpose is to promote children’s awareness of global children’s issues, children’s rights, and children’s ability to help maintain a peaceful and sustainable world for children, their families, their schools, and their neighborhoods. All Broadoaks students, from preschool through 9th grade, are automatically members of the group. In accordance with their age and grade level, each class participates in activities developed by the children, the teachers, and OMEP-Whittier College.
The children refer to their efforts as “Children-Helping-Children Projects.”
For instance, the children donate half of everything they grow in the class gardens to a local soup kitchen. They collaborate with members of the collegiate chapter to study various children’s charitable organizations and determine which ones will receive donations from the annual Jog-a-Thon.
In 2010 and 2011 , they donated most of the proceeds to OMEP relief efforts in Haiti and Japan after major earthquakes there. In 2013 and 2014, they donated the proceeds to a local shelter for women and children who have been victims of abuse and to an organization that provides facial reconstructive surgeries for South American children with Cleft lip.
As with the collegiate chapter, the focus is on gaining knowledge, sharing information, and developing skills for effective and responsible child advocacy, as well as on encouraging young students to recognize that they have the capacity, even as children, to make a difference in the world.