We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Klock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Devin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I work as a youth advisor for Pueblo Communities That Care. In this organization, we fight to prevent youth substance use, delinquency, and violence. Each of the youth advisors creates a passion project for the year that will be their main focus. I thought about it for a long time about what I wanted to do. Then, two words popped into my head, Be Kind. In my school, and I’m assuming other schools, I have seen that there is just this thought process that people can just do things that they want to do without thinking of others. After almost 2 years of remote learning, hybrid classes, and just the burnout of COVID, I think people’s minds have been altered unimaginably. After thinking through this, and using those two words, Be Kind, I thought that social media has been used so much just over the past two years, that I could use it to connect people through kindness. So, I created a simple website and called it, ‘A Kindness A Day’. On the website, there is a daily act of kindness people can do, a quote, and a song of the day. I presented it to the other youth advisors and the adult leaders and they all loved it. Afterward, I started promoting it through the schools, presenting to classes why I started it, and showcasing it at many events just so I could get the word of kindness out into the world.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love helping out my community which is why I have joined two different youth groups in my town. Another thing my group works on is SoCoYoGo, a teen-only platform where teens can earn digital Pueblo Chile Seeds and redeem them for free food, entries, merch, and more rewards at local businesses in Pueblo. In my other youth board, YouthRoots, we learned all about philanthropy. We used our knowledge to raise money for different organizations around Pueblo. A Kindness A Day has been a guideline in my life to remember to be kind every day. I started A Kindness A Day on February 17, to coincide with Random Acts of Kindness Day. I love the holiday season. I celebrate Christmas every day as my bedroom is decorated with it all the time. I always look and see what the holidays of the day are from the National Day Calendar website. In May, A Kindness A Day became an ambassador for the National Day Calendar. We showcase at least one holiday a week that people can celebrate while doing the holiday-themed kindness acts for the day. I am so proud of this organization and what it has become and hope to make it more well known throughout the state of Colorado as well as starting programs throughout America. Without the help of my friends, family, and colleagues, I don’t think I would be where I am today. They have helped me so much along the way. One of the lessons I have learned along this journey is that you’re a student of life, for life. Your sole objective, then, is to keep learning, evolving, and expanding your mind. I will always be learning new things about how I can make my life and many other people’s lives better. I want the world to know that kindness isn’t just a way to make someone else’s day better, but a way to make everything in your life change for the good. Your kindness will not just impact one person. It will impact millions of people, all because you did one little act of kindness that spread throughout the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Colorado is one of the most beautiful and fun states you could be in. Even in my city of Pueblo, there are many fun things to do. Food-wise, I would have to go with Cactus Flower, Gold Dust Saloon, Shamrock Brewery, & Solar Roast Coffee. Nobody can come to Pueblo without tasting the famous Green Chili Slopper. For a fun time, I would take them for a day downtown. There are many local shops, restaurants, and activities to do. I would also take them for a boat ride on the Pueblo Riverwalk to show them the beauty of downtown Pueblo. I love taking a drive up to the Rocky Mountains to look at our state’s beautiful wildlife. Also, going to a Colorado Rockies baseball game or a Denver Broncos football game to see some of our state’s great sports. I love going to Coors Field to have a fun time at the ball game and then watching the fireworks. Our state has many more fun things to offer and these are just a few of them.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people I would like to shout out, but the main one would have to be my DECA teacher, Ms. Jacqueline Armenta. She has been one of the main supporters of this project since the beginning. She has provided me with many resources and facts to use so that this can become a successful business. She has also supported me by just encouraging me that I can do this. I would also like to give a shout-out to my family for supporting me through all of it by providing resources, love, and encouragement.

Website: akindnessaday.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akindnessaday22/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AKindnessADay1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AKindDay

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-xMQy5rBd4r-dQ3aokHUTA

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/12138272185?si=db35898839b74647 National Day Calendar: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/ SoCoYoGo: https://socoyogo.com/ Pueblo Communities That Care: https://county.pueblo.org/public-health/communities-care YouthRoots: https://youthroots.org/locations-pueblo/ Email: akindnessaday22@gmail.com

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