Books For Youth is an organization that makes backpacks for youth who are in Indiana Foster Care. Indiana State Department, Indianapolis Colts and CSI Cargo Services are working together to pack each bag with 25 books. So far, Books for Youth has collected enough books to give out approximately  8,000 backpacks to foster chidren Indiana.

To learn about Books For Youth and it’s sponsor, CSI Cargo Services:

Colts Community – Books For Youth

Why is the books for youth organization important? There are approximately 29,000 youth in the foster care program. Since 2016 only 1,500  have been adopted. The youth that are placed in Indiana Foster Care do not always have the opportuntity to read books outside of school. So, in order to solve this problem Books For Youth is giving to school backpacks with 25 books so that these children can have the benefits that reading can bring to kids.

We need to support this cause; imagine having being in foster care, and not being able to have  books? I believe that what foster care kids are going through, or have been through, not having a book to read, should not be one amongst the list of hardships. And, this can be addressed, simply simply donating a book.

Helping Ninjas is helping the Books For Youth program by providing collection bins, pick up and delivery for others to join the efforts, by donating new or gently used books.

We currently have bins located in the folloiwng locations:

  • Off The Wall Sports, Carmel IN
  • Excel Chiropractor, Marcus McCray (86th and Ditch)
  • College Wood Elementary Media Center, Carmel, IN
  • Ninja Zone – Grand Park Academy,  Westfield, IN
  • Ninja Zone – Geist Academy, Gesit IN
  • Ninja Zone – Wrights Gymnastics & Fundamentals, Carmel IN
  • CreekSide Middle School, Carmel, IN

How can you help? Create awareness or donate a book. Ask someone if you can have a book drive of your own. We, Helping Ninjas, are workiing with Books For Youth and helping them to help the communities to help provide collection bins and carry out pick-up/delivery of donated books.

I truly believe together we can help these kids. Everyone deserves the opportunity to read.

Written By:  Sid, Helping Ninja, Age 11, Creekside, Carmel, IN

Read the full story of how Books Of Youth Began and How you can help foster children — one donated book at a time

Accoriding to an article by Demin Vaughn, in the IndyStar published in July 2018, “The program is important on two fonts. First and foremost, statistics show that children who read, succeed. Reading at an early age not only increases success in the classroom, but also in life. Secondarily, the program raises awareness of the foster care system in Indiana — a state that’s in desperate need for foster families.”
The creator and founder of Books For Youth, Steve Pemberton said in an interview on the Books For Youth Website “Reading gave me self-esteem, confidence and let me know that, despite the instability and uncertainty that was happening all around me, I did have a purpose and a place in this world after all.”

To learn more about Books For Youth, click on the one of the following links:

Colts Community – Books For Youth

Indiana Department of Child Services, Books For Youth 

Colts Community Photo Book Distribution



CSI CARGO Services joined as a corporate sponsor of Books For Youth in 2015. Learn more about CSI and how they are helping on Facebook!


Read More Articles about Foster Care Children In Indiana:

Number Kids Indiana DCS System 




Food Waste

Helping Ninjas wants to share this educational information we learned about on the United Nation’s website. The full article and graphs can be seen at: www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/ 

Here are a few key facts Helping Ninjas learned from United Nations and wanted to share!











Working for Zero Hunger

World Food Day 2018 Activity Book

Year of publication: 2018
Publisher: FAO
Place of publication: Rome, Italy
Pages: #20
Job Number: I9420EN;
Author: FAO;

Abstract:Did you know that there are 815 million people in the world that go to bed hungry, while 1.9 billion people are overweight?

The world has set a challenge to achieve Zero Hunger and better nutrition by 2030. But governments can’t do it alone – everyone has a role to play.Come on the Zero Hunger journey with me to discover what each of us -governments, farmers, businesses and the general public- have to do to reach this goal. Learn how you can become part of the Zero Hunger Generation!See also related Activity Books:



Alternatives to plastic straws

We all know that plastic straws are not good for our land and aquatic ecosystems.

The war on plastic straws is growing and big food and beverage companies are being forced to give up plastic straws. Plastic is biodegradable too but takes a very very long time to do so as compared to other products made of natural raw materials. This leaves us with a question…. What should we use INSTEAD of plastic straws?

Luckily, we have the alternatives for plastic straws-Straw, Glass, Bamboo, Paper, Metal. The following table shows an analysis of the cost and their waste processability.

Straw Material Reusable Biodegradable Compostable Approx. Cost ($ per straw)*
PLA (Polylactic acid) Yes Yes $0.06
Hay Yes Yes  $0.08
Paper Yes $0.20
Glass Yes $1.20
Bamboo Yes Yes Yes $1.60
Metal Yes $2.30

*The pricing above is a very rough estimate solely used for the purpose of comparing the cost of straws.

It can be seen from the above table that PLA straws are the cheapest out of all of them and metal straws are the costliest. Bamboo and glass straws are medium priced.

PLA straws are made of polylactic acid (maily derived by fermenting corn starch. These straws are compostable but they need composting facilities with specific conditions (temperature and other settings) to facilitate the composting. They cannot be composted using natural composting techniques.

By Amogh Motaganahalli, 10 years



Anyone can be a helping ninja.

A Helping Ninja, by defintiion means to be highly skilled at helping.

Helping NInjas are inpsiring others to want to help the world.

Helping Ninjas are future leaders.

As future leaders we will stand up for our planet.

Helping Ninjas believe those that are helping our planet, deserve to be recognized and celebrated for efforts!

Any companiy, business, corporation, organization, school, club, and citizen of the world, Helping Ninjas is asking to join their quest in standing up for our oceans, standing up for our wildlife, standing up for each other, to stand up for oursevles, and to stand up for the planet.

Join us by inspirinig others to learn to help!

When you hear about someone doing someting to help others or our planet – tag us! Share your acts of help too! Tag #HelpingNinjas

We want to salute others for their efforts to help one another or our environment!

Social Media Shout Out!  🙌🏿🙌🙌🏾🙌🏻🙌🏽  Helping Ninjas High Five – Helping Ninjas will shout out to individuals or businesses that are leading by example, choosing to use plastic free or eco-friendly items.

For example, Kroger recently announced they would remove use of plastic bags by 2025. They derseve a Helping Ninja High Five! 🙌🏿🙌🙌🏾🙌🏻🙌🏽

If you, your family, your club, your classroom, friends at school, are making efforts to #StandUp4RPlanet, such as upcyling, recyling or composting,  or doing something kind for someone, maybe colleciting items or someone in need, then share it with us! #HelpingNinjas

We invite you to Learn Help Share!


Educating others on important facts and issues, as well as any statistics, research or facts about contibutors that may have adverse efffects on our  environment or living things, and then, educating how to help and creating opportunities to helpis the  inspritation behind LearnHelpShare.

Learning about endangered species, land and marine animals, conservation and eco-sysetems, you are helping! Learning Is Helping!

Usinig any of the follwoing Helping Ninjas tags associated with our Helping Ninjas initiatives will connect you to us on social media, and Helping Ninjas might repost and/or share on our website!

Join the Helping Ninjas Initiative and teach our #FutureLeaders to become highly-skilled at helping!
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#StandUpToPlastic Initiative

Helping Ninjas initiative to educate youth on the impacts of global plastic pollution.Helping Ninjas invites community members to join in, inspiring unity, help and change. Join Helping Ninjas efforts to educate youth on how to help our planet!

#StandUp4OurPlanet Initiative

Educate, address and celebrate all areas of positive impact on our environment. Helping Ninjas encourages community members posts, videos, photos depicting how you or your business is helping the planet. Helping Ninjas is geared to educate youth on ways to help, and what better way for them to see is by example?

Helping Ninjas invite others to Learn.Help.Share.® by educational and inspiring posts at @StandUp4RPlanet and begin helping the planet today!

Post and tag us! Any effort or education on how to help our planet— including all species of life, land & aquatic animals and wildlife, soil, water, air— any news story, news feed, post or photo you may have seen – can be a shared learning tool for others, and help to inspire change!  Example posts: a picture of how or a business is helping the environment. Such as photos of Eco-Friendly Straws, Eco-Friendly Utensils, To-Go Boxes, etc. Any efforts to recycle, composting, reducing waste, conserving energy and/or supporting renewable energy. Promoting urban farming, such as buying local, or any sustainable environment efforts or goals. Community Outreach and/or charitable acts of helping the community or planet. Any organizations and business efforts to help the environment –is worth sharing!

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