We use philanthropy as a platform for social emotional development in children under the age of 14.
"Every child deserves a person who believes in his or her ability to go to college, pursue a future career, and change the world for the better."
–Sara Wroblewski, Founder, One Bead
We give our students $1,000 and challenge them to use that money to make a difference locally.
Giving Tuesday 2017
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with us and help kick off our end of year fundraising campaign by sponsoring a student, program, or service project grant in your local community.
TEDxBeaconStreet, an independently organized TED event, hosted a series of youth talks on Saturday, November 4th. 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 →
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 small fundraising project supporting Anselm’s local community. 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.