We use philanthropy as a platform for social emotional development in children under the age of 14.



our students by teaching them what it means to be an active and engaged citizen.  

Youth PHilanthropists

We give our students $1,000 and challenge them to use that money to make a difference locally.

Here is how they are changing the world →



In a recent survey, 83% of our students reported an increase in confidence as a result of our programming. We believe that self-confidence, not just academic excellence, is a key factor for predicting success.

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our students by modeling both success and failure in a safe and supportive environment. 

TEDxBeaconStreet speakers

TEDxBeaconStreet, an independently organized TED event, hosted a series of youth talks on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. In the months leading up to that event, One Bead worked closely with seven youth speakers to help structure, refine, and elevate their talks. Read Quotes from our TEDxBeaconStreet speakers →

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our students by challenging them to be confident leaders in a social impact setting.  


Why One Bead?

The name "One Bead" is symbolic of our Founder's own philanthropic experience in Kenya. In 2011, Sara collaborated with Kenyan artisan, Anselm Croze on a service project supporting Anselm’s local community. Sara led fundraising efforts for this initiative by selling Anselm's handmade, recycled glass beads to friends and family members back home. The intrinsic leadership qualities that developed in Sara as a result of this hands-on, service-based learning quickly became apparent. The organization started with one bead and one opportunity to make a difference in Kenya. Now, that bead is a symbol of inspiration and a catalyst for change in communities around the globe. Anselm continues to be an invaluable mentor to Sara and has maintained a firm belief in the organization’s mission and vision. 

Buy a bead and join our community of change-makers worldwide.