Taylor’s Story

Touching Heart started with a girl who wanted others to feel the great joy of giving that comes from helping people in need. Taylor Yi was turning 13 years old when she decided to ask her friends to donate to a local charity of their choice instead of giving her a birthday present. Her friends took part wholeheartedly: Some gave to an animal shelter, some to a homeless shelter, and some simply did something kind to honor the birthday wish. Taylor noticed that each of them enjoyed helping others.

That’s when she realized that she wanted to have an organization where kids can find out about the joy of giving. Touching Heart came to be.

Taylor began to share her story with others. Since then Touching Heart’s mission to instill kindness and compassion in children has struck a chord with kids and parents.

Taylor believes that everyone on Earth has a unique gift to make society better. The belief she had at 13 was the spark that turned into the fire that brought Touching Heart to life. It is our goal to cultivate a giving spirit in children and to empower them to be a force for good in the world.

Testimonials

Abby, 16 years

Touching Heart is amazing. Not only did it help me gain comfort in speaking with businesses and learning how to execute my own service projects, I got to give back to my community. It is transformative in so many ways and has been worth every second.


Abby, 16 years

2017-08-08T23:26:11+00:00

Abby, 16 years

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Jaden, 12 years

Touching Heart is a great program. I like that we can create events based on our interests and have fun helping other kids in need. Organizing a basketball event made me feel grateful to help because the cause I was supporting is personal to me. I felt like I was empowering other kids too. It’s amazing.


Jaden, 12 years

2017-08-22T15:47:43+00:00

Jaden, 12 years

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Zara, 15 years old

Touching Heart opened my eyes to the problems that other children face and has helped me open my heart to others. I'm thankful that Touching Heart gives me an avenue to give back to the community and teaches me to be a strong leader.


Zara, 15 years old

2017-08-08T23:21:44+00:00

Zara, 15 years old

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Diya, 15 years old

I have been involved with Touching Heart since kindergarten. Now, as a 10th grader, I'm grateful that it is a part of my life. I learned there are children around the world whose lives are very different from mine and that we don't have to be adults to make a difference. 


Diya, 15 years old

2017-08-08T16:26:31+00:00

Diya, 15 years old

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Nina, 11 Years Old

I love that Touching Heart inspires kids to help other kids. It’s gives us opportunities to organize events, it’s really fun and exciting to see your effort come together to make a big impact for kids in foster care.


Nina, 11 Years Old

2016-12-12T00:05:50+00:00

Nina, 11 Years Old

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Neha, 16 Years Old

Touching Heart has taught me not to take anything for granted and to help others with an open mind and heart. Working on the Junior Board has introduced me to amazing people that I am proud to say I volunteer with. I love attending the events and seeing people's smiling faces, always ready to help!


Neha, 16 Years Old

2016-12-12T00:04:39+00:00

Neha, 16 Years Old

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