#LATISM14 Takeaways: Raising caring kids, social good & family values.

The LATISM {Latino’s in Tech Innovation and Social Media} conference in Anaheim gave us another weekend filled with inspiring conversations, sessions and panels that focused on health, tech, supporting causes, being a voice for the voiceless and raising caring, compassionate children.

LATISM is the largest organization for Latinos and Latinas engaged in social media.  Its mission is to empower the Latino community in the areas of Education, Health, Technology and Business through the use of tech innovation and social media. Johnson and Johnson was once again a premiere sponsor opening the LATISM conference with a wonderful breakfast panel:
“Raising Caring Kids: How To Make Social Good A Family Value.” 

It was a beautiful thing to see parents and children from the local community and LATISM attendees filling up the room to hear Johnson & Johnson and Johnson and Johnson partner, GirlUp, discuss instilling a spirit of giving as well as establishing family values in our children. Topics that are both near and dear to my heart.

“Raising Caring Kids: How To Make Social Good A Family Value.

Panel consisted of Melissa Hillebrenner of GirlUp, Jill Sharp, Danielle Smith and Susan Can, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Johnson & Johnson.

I have always said that more is caught than taught when it comes to teaching our children life lessons. It’s easy to tell a child to be or do or feel something, it’s something completely different for them to see us model what we try to instill in them, to teach them and even better, to do it together. This was a point that was made over and over by all of the ladies on the panel and it’s so true.

Raising caring children is often dependent on the kinds of experiences our children have. As a child I remember my mother volunteering regularly, she encouraged us to walk for the March of Dimes or make sandwiches for our local homeless shelter on Thanksgiving day. I do believe that these experiences directly impacted my want and even need to give back, these experiences nurtured and encouraged a philanthropic heart.

Family Mission Statement

Jill Sharp was dropping nuggets of wisdom left and right, the two most important things she touched on were taking advantage of the family meal time and creating a family mission statement. Using the family meal as a time to discuss how the family is doing, how the family can do more, to brainstorm together as a family to come up with ways to make a difference to benefit others. I thought this was brilliant, yet so simple. To do good and do it together, to allow each member of the family to take part and have a say in how they will serve others… memory making goodness that will last a lifetime.

Do yo have a family mission statement? I’m sad to say that we do not, but after hearing Jill discuss how her family created and utilized their mission statement, I think we will have to create one.

“Create a family mission statement. Keep your family mission statement simple and focused to the top 3-4 most important things to your family. Ask your children… what are you grateful for, who will you pray for and how are you going to make a difference?” – JillSharp

Melissa Hillebrenner of GirlUp shared sound advice on giving teens the opportunity to do good and reach there full potential. She touched on the importance of providing teen girls an education so that they in turn can fulfill dreams and the hopes they want to accomplish and give back. A great quote from Melissa that JnJ shared on teens giving back…



Donate A Photo

We were also introduced to an amazing app that helps give back, Donate a Photo. A very simple, cost effective and creative way for everyone, including the kids, to help make a difference and give back to a number of causes. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Download the app to your phone, choose a photo, choose the cause and share a photo! Sharing a photo gives $1 to the cause of your choice!

Start a dialogue with children about the many causes in need of support. Discuss the different causes on Donate a Photo. Allow your child to give to the cause of their choice to help raise money and awareness, and help their causes meet their goals.

Simple, right?

Save the Children, Donate a Photo

With Carlos Carrazana & Tanya Weinberg from @SavetheChildren

As the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time to give back and get the kids thinking on ways that they can make a difference for others. As parents, it’s our responsibility to discuss gratefulness, generosity, unselfishness and service not just during the holidays but year-round. We are our children’s greatest role models — we should start early to mold our children’s perspectives on social good efforts.

Our goal as parents is to raise healthy, caring, compassionate children who will be become an active part of their communities, Johnson & Johnson has been supporting families in these efforts for over 125 years.

It was not until I became a JnJ Influencer for social good that I was aware of how much good JnJ does. The Johnson & Johnson family touches more than a billion people’s lives each day through health care products,  services, corporate giving and social good efforts around the world. They are not only part of the daily routines we follow to care for ourselves and our families but they help doctors and nurses care for patients around the globe.  JnJ supports non-profit organizations like Save the Children throughout the world in advancing the health and well-being of those in need. For more than 125 years, JnJ has been serving the needs of others guided by the Johnson & Johnson Credo.

Please go download the Donate a Photo app right now and help JnJ give to a number of worthy causes… one day, one photo, one dollar at a time!

Do you have a family mission statement? What do you do to make social good a family value?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    We don’t have a mission statement per se, but we do try to be kind and thoughtful. Oh, and help others when we can!

  2. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    The donate a photo app sounds great, I love that it helps children in need. It’s so important to teach our children how to give back, be grateful and help others whenever they can, especially with the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.

  3. says

    We’ve never made a family mission statement (GREAT IDEA!) I’ve taught my kids the importance of having a servants heart and happy to hear that Johnson and Johnson have a give back to the community program. Now I feel better about being a loyal customer <3
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  4. Catherine S says

    What a great post. We don’t have a family mission, but we do try to have dinner together every night.

  5. Courtney says

    What a great post!!! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  6. Michelle Hwee says

    Family values are definitely important! How wonderful for this speaking/lecture 🙂

  7. says

    I really like the idea of making a difference and donating without spending a cent at all. By just posting a picture on the site, you can contribute on the Save the Children foundation. Great idea!

  8. says

    WE dont have a mission, we just want to be good people all around!

  9. says

    I love the donate a photo, sounds like a great cause. I’m always giving back to the community and I’m trying to teach my daughter the importance of this.

  10. says

    I can’t say that we have a family mission statement but we try to teach the golden rule- Do Unto Others. And I’m all about getting kids involved in volunteer work.
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  11. says

    We do not have a family mission. It sounds like a fun thing to make together though.

  12. says

    Wow, I actually love the idea of creating a family mission statement. I’ll have to talk to Mr. Mashed Up about that. We reassess our family goals frequently, but I think this a great idea!
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  13. says

    We do, but we don’t. It’s just me and my son and I like to remind him try new things, use his imagination, inspire others, be kind, love, put family first, say please and thank you and most important, be yourself. He’s just a little boy but he does all of this and I couldn’t be happier.
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  14. says

    I have always taught my kids to be kind to others and to help people whenever they can. My kids are now 17 and 21 and are great young adults.

  15. Melissa Smith says

    I’ve never even heard of a family mission statement before! But since I totally love the idea, I think mine will be figuring one out very soon.

  16. says

    Looks like a great conference. I am totally going to donate a picture to do my part, love this idea.

  17. Erica says

    What an awesome cause. I hope this app get spread around and catches like wild fire. Amazing

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