Empowering kids to lead in their communities since 2010.

We have worked with 1,700+ children and 400+ educators and specialists, to deliver 160+ community change projects, benefitting 17,000+ community members.

It takes a village to raise a child, but through a child we can raise a village.

About us

WE ARE 10! Since 2010 Kids Thrive has empowered more than 5,000 kids to lead creative community change. From early childhood, kids have an incredible ability to make a difference. Find out more.


Take a look at what can happen when children are empowered to get creative and lead change in their communities. From music albums to public art installations to bus trips to the You Yangs - the results have been spectacular!

Current projects

In these challenging times, kids need to be useful contributors to their community and empowered to make a real difference. Our one-week, award-winning Kids' Community Action Bootcamp is a great way to make this happen.


Invest in tomorrow's change-makers, today. Donate to Kids Thrive and directly contribute to programs that empower Australian children aged 0-12 to make the change that they want to see in their communities.

Latest News

EMPOWERMENT AND VOICE – it is EXACTLY what kids need right now

Kids CAN and SHOULD be able to lead positive change in their communities. It is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Empowering kids to help rebuild their communities

Do you recall being troubled by world events as a kid? Did you worry about the Vietnam war? Or nuclear testing in the Pacific? Did the fear of AIDS or the

Meet our Kids as Catalysts development team: Amandine Thomas

We’ve assembled a fantastic team to collaborate on our new digital Kids as Catalysts program. Meet illustrator extraordinaire Amandine Thomas.

We’re back at Altona North Primary School!!

Kids Thrive is thrilled to announce that we are partnering once again with this fabulous and students have joined our new Kids’ Ideas Lab.

The top 5 things we’ve learned running programs to empower kids

Ten years ago we sat down at the kitchen table with an idea; to empower kids to have a meaningful, positive impact on their communities.

2019 Annual Report – The Incredible Power of Child-led Change

Our 2019 Annual Report is now available. Take a look and see where we are after nearly a decade of fostering creative child-led change.

It’s time … Kids as Catalysts is coming online!

Drumroll please … we are bringing our award-winning Kids as Catalyst program online. Meet our enthused, energised and expert development team!

Kids Thrive on ABC’s Life Matters

As we prepare to bring our award-winning Kids as Catalyst program online, this ABC Radio National interview with our founders is well worth a listen.

Nip IT – interrupting the link between excessive online gaming and gambling harm

Kids Thrive's latest partnership with Victorian school children empowers them to take positive action on an alarming new issue that directly impacts them.

COVID-19 – Kids must be empowered participants in response to coronavirus

It is a time of great uncertainty, fear and anxiety for many children, as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to worsen. Each child must be given every

What Australia can learn from Scottish children

Kids Thrive has worked for 10 years to empower children to lead creative change in their communities and play an active role in the democratic process.

GivingTuesday – THANK YOU to those who joined the global movement

On 3 December 2019, millions of people across the globe mobilised to show up, give back, and change their communities. We want to say a very big thank you

Kids lead community change in Wyndham

Wyndham residents got a taste of the power of child-led change this week, when Grade 6 students stepped up to take part in Kids Thrive’s award-winning Ki

It takes a village to raise a child – but through the child we can raise a village

Kids Thrive founder and CEO Dr Andrea Lemon talks about why child-led change is important.

Kids’ Community Action Bootcamp

Wyndham students are gearing up for the ultimate Bootcamp; an intensive program that will empower them to become community change-makers for life.

The awesome power of child-led change

Our biggest ever Kids as Catalyst Showcase was held at the Geelong Cats Stadium today! Check out the photo gallery!

More than $8,000 granted to Geelong students for community change projects

200 students have asked Geelong leaders to fund 33 community change projects – and they got what they asked for.

Nearly 200 students to lobby Geelong leaders to fund community projects

Year 6 students at Northern Bay College have a nerve-wracking week ahead as they prepare to pitch for real funding for real community projects.

Calling all Geelong community organisations! Do you need volunteers?

Are you trying to make a difference in your community? What role could local Geelong grade six students play in helping you achieve this?

Kids as Catalyst wins VicHealth award for improving mental wellbeing

Kids Thrive’s innovative creative leadership program Kids as Catalyst has won the 2017 VicHealth award for improving mental wellbeing.