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Chain Reaction is a teen leadership institute utilizing a proven curriculum founded in the principles of service and volunteerism. We educate and prepare teens for the professional world and show how their service positively impacts our community. Want to join our push for teen education? Join our Advocates!

What is Chain Reaction?

Chain Reaction is a teen leadership institute that teaches teens the value of service and volunteerism. We give our teens the freedom to experiment, to grow and ultimately, to thrive within our curriculum. We believe character education through service is the best, proven way to teach teens important life skills and empathy. With Chain Reaction they learn to create impact beyond themselves in a safe, fun and empowering environment. Our teens discover their innate strengths and untapped abilities while uniting as a team of connected, committed citizens who aspire to see the good in all things.

How to get involved

If teaching valuable life skills to teens through story and example is your cup of tea, then Chain Reaction needs help from adults like you. Join Chain Reaction as one of our Advocates and help inspire our teens to make an impact beyond themselves. To become a Chain Reaction Advocate, you must first go through additional safety screenings. Once you are cleared by the screenings you will have an opportunity to make an impact beyond yourself with one of the following four events:

1. Convention Committee (Begins in November and ends in July).

2. Chain Reaction Luncheon Committee (Begins in July and ends in April).

3. PTA (By Invitation only).

4. Participate in one-time commitments and CR programs such as:

  • Chain Reaction teen leadership classes as an adult role model.
  • Speaking at the Chain Reaction Teen Convention and sharing your personal story.
  • Conducting interviews for teens to receive their Chain Reaction Honors.
  • Supporting Chain Reaction Center maintenance.

For more information on our Advocacy program, join us and fill out our online form. Let's talk.

Who makes up Chain Reaction?

Kristin G. Fairchild

Founder & Executive Director, 2005-Present

As founder and Executive Director of Chain Reaction, Kristin Fairchild saw a need to teach kids something that can’t be taught in schools, or learned in textbooks—leadership, character and humility. With a background in Family and Child Development, in 2003 Kristin launched what is now Chain Reaction. Since the introduction of Chain Reaction to the local area, Kristin has recruited and taught over 3,500 teens how to make an impact beyond themselves. When she is not busy helping teens make an impact beyond themselves, Kristin spends time with her husband and three children.

 

Wendy Westerman

Member Services Manager, September 2016-Present

After spending years working with families and teens in crisis, Wendy Westerman joins Chain Reaction with an excitement to work with teens striving to make an impact in the community. Chain Reaction gives Wendy the opportunity to work with high school students to provide leadership and mentoring. Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College and a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma.  She is also a proud Air Force spouse and the mother of two amazing young adults.

 

Angie Accorti

Program Manager, August 2016-Present

Angie is a recent graduate from the University of West Florida and earned a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a specialization in children and society. Prior to joining Chain Reaction she worked as a Summer Associate for BRACE and a Peer Educator for the University of West Florida where she mentored college students on health and wellness issues. Her favorite part of being a part of the CR team has been working closely with the teens during Center Hours to help them make an impact beyond themselves. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and trying new local concerts and events.

 

What is our History?

Kristin Fairchild developed and launched Chain Reaction in 2003 after an inspirational visit with a local teen volunteer center in South Florida. Starting with only 10 teenagers and a handful of adult volunteers. By 2007, with 650 teen volunteers, Chain Reaction won the IMPACT 100 grant and grew from 650 teens to 1000 teens. In 2009, CR realized that it was not simply volunteering that changed the lives of teens, but instead volunteerism combined with "hands on" education and leadership development. In 2010, the Chain Reaction Center was opened, to ensure teens could come everyday after school and receive youth leadership and youth development. In 2014, Chain Reaction received the "Brand On Us" grant, led by idgroup, which entails undergoing a rebranding process valued at $100,000. The new look of Chain Reaction was launched in the community with over $100,000 of marketing services donated by idgroup including a new website, billboards, commercials, print advertisements and more. Chain Reaction has evolved into the premier teen leadership experiential education organization. In a safe, fun and empowering environment, our teens discover their innate strengths and untapped abilities; unite as a team of connected, committed citizens; believe in themselves to achieve more and aspire to see the good in all things.

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are responsible for ensuring the agency’s compliance with established policies, as well as the organization’s fiscal soundness and operation pursuant to budget guidelines. Chain Reaction board members are a working board – willing to roll up their sleeves with both events and fundraising. They attend monthly meetings, work with different Chain Reaction teen projects and serve as committee chairs. To become a part of Chain Reaction’s Board of Directors, there is an extensive application process – please call Chain Reaction at 850-202-0691 for more details. Remember, there are many ways to serve as a CR Advocate if not selected as a board member!

 

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P: 850.202.0691
E: info@mychainreaction.org
1301 E. Gadsden St. Pensacola FL, 32501
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