Statement Of Mission
The mission of Kids for A Clean Environment is to provide information on environmental issues to children, to encourge and facilitate youth's involvement with effective environmental action and to recognize those efforts which result in the improvement of nature.
- Kids F.A.C.E.® translated = Kids (F)or (A) (C)lean (E)nvironment.
- Kids F.A.C.E. started in 1989, in Nashville by Melissa Poe. The first club had six members.
- Impetus for the creation of Kids F.A.C.E. was driven by Melissa's correspondence to then - President Bush to help clean up the environment. Over 250 billboards with Melissa's letter to the president were placed across the United States in April, 1990.
- First chapter of the club was formed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1990 after Melissa's appearance on the TODAY show. After that appearance, the organization started to grow.
- Today there are more than 2,000 club chapters in fifteen countries and more than 300,000 individual members. The organization is the world's largest youth environmental organization. Membership is free to children and teachers.
- Kids F.A.C.E. members have distributed and planted over 1 Million trees. Ongoing tree-planting projects include the creation of Kid's Yards - backyard wildlife habitats and currently Kids F.A.C.E. is involved in the exciting Earth Odyssey.
- Kids F.A.C.E. incoming 800 telephone hot-line responds to children's requests to become members or to receive information. As many as 40,000 calls have been recorded in one month.
- Kids F.A.C.E. members created the world's largest environmental flag - measuring 100' x 200' - to symbolize the concerns youth have about nature and the future world. The Flag was unveiled during the twenty-fifth celebration of Earth Day in Washington, D.C.
- Kids F.A.C.E. has received national awards for its youth environmental projects including the "1997 A Pledge and a Promise" award for the Power of One program.