About

Chain Reaction is a teen leadership institute with a development program. We utilize our service-based curriculum to impact our community while providing a safe and valuable learning environment for our teens. Find out how your teen can create impact beyond themselves with Chain Reaction.

What is Chain Reaction?

Chain Reaction is a hands-on experiential character and leadership education program that utilizes service as its central teaching tool. What does this mean for you and your teen? It means that we are focused on helping your teen become the best they can be while learning life's lessons through service. Volunteering and service-based leadership teaches concepts that your child won’t find in any textbook. We utilize each teen's passion and talent to create service opportunities that are fun and educational. We employ a metrics-driven, guided teaching curriculum where teens can lead and manage community service projects in their communities—outside the classroom—to create measurable change; locally and individually.

What is a Teen Leadership Institute?

Chain Reaction is more than service, we are service learning. Our mission at Chain Reaction is to empower your teen to learn through service. In a safe, fun, and empowering environment, your teen can discover their innate strengths and untapped abilities; unite with other teens as a team of connected, committed citizens; believe in themselves to achieve more and aspire to see the good in all things. Through service learning, your teen can get a lot of benefits:

 

  • Learning the CR 24 Elements – Soft Skills: CR teaches 24 soft skills that we call the 24 Elements which are essential for teens to become leaders of their own lives. The 24 Elements are used for reflection in teens evaluating their service experiences.

 

  • Internships: As a teen leadership institute, we provide the opportunity for teens to take up leadership roles within our service projects as an intern. Interns lead other volunteers to get excited for the project, critically think of ways to improve the project, and work with staff to meet the needs of what needs to happen for each season’s goals. This offer is extended to teens who are shown to be committed and driven to grow as leaders.

 

  • Resume Learning Plan: It’s important for teens to be able to put skills that they've learned over high school into a resume for potential jobs or applying for college. CR has dedicated days to help teens every step of the way in constructing a solid resume and have it checked by employers who regularly hire teens.

 

  • Scholarships: Service learning opportunities make way for scholarship opportunities. Serving in CR is a great way to accumulate hours for Bright Futures, the Florida Medallion Scholarship, and many other service scholarships. In 2015, our teens accumulated about $1.4 million total in scholarships thanks to CR. 

 

Where Are You Located? When Are You Open?

Chain Reaction is located on 1000 College Blvd, Building 98 Pensacola, FL 32504 (right behind Bldg 96)

 

Office Hours

During the School Year: 

  • M: 8:00am - 5:30pm 
  • T-W: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • F: 8:00am - 3:00pm

During the Summer: 

  • M-F: 8:00am - 4:30pm

 

Chain Reaction Center Hours (for teens only)

Monday: 

Leadership Council Meeting Day: *For selected Council teens only 

  • School Year: 3:30-5:30pm 
  • Summer (June - July): 12:30pm - 2:30pm

 

Tuesday and Wednesday: 

School Year Teen Center Hours for Service Projects: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Summer Teen Center Hours for Service Projects: 10:00am – 4:00pm

 

 

Meet The CR Team

Kristin G. Fairchild 

Founder & Executive Director, 2005-Present

As founder and Executive Director of Chain Reaction, Kristin Fairchild saw a need for a teen volunteer center. With a background in Family and Child Development, in 2003 Kristin launched Chain Reaction which evolved into a teen leadership institute. Since the introduction of Chain Reaction to the local area, Kristin has recruited and taught over 5,000 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.

 

Brianna Long

Assistant to the Executive Director, June 2020-Present

The former Teen President at Chain Reaction in 2018, is now a successful student of Social Work at the University of West Florida. As a Summer VISTA she was granted a scholarship to work with Chain Reaction during the summer of 2020. Her passion for teenagers and her heart for the nonprofit world, made her a valuable part of the Chain Reaction team. In her free time, Brianna likes to meet friends and to watch movies. 

 

Victoria Hennick

AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associate, June 2021-Present

Bio coming soon 

 

Hadiya Morris 

AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associate, May 2021-Present

Hadiya was part of Chain Reaction for her junior and senior year As an intern forthe Leadership in Learning service learning project, she learned early on how to lead her peers into making an impact beyond themselves. Her love for helping others brought her to study Community Education and Child Welfare at the University of West Florida. In her role as a Summer VISTA for Chain Reaction, Hadiya discovered her interest in the behind-the-scenes aspects of a leadership institute and supports Chain Reaction with the Service Learning program. In her free time, Hadiya likes to read, go to the beach, and explore new shops around Pensacola. 

 

 

CR would be nothing without the support of its amazing teens! Altogether, we make an impact beyond ourselves within the community. CR would like to thank members from:

  • Pensacola High School
  • West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
  • Pine Forest High School
  • Pensacola Christian Academy
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • J. M. Tate High School
  • Escambia Virtual Academy
  • Gulf Breeze High School
  • Santa Rosa Online Academy
  • Pensacola Catholic High School
  • Pace High School

 

FAQ

How much does it cost to join?

Membership fees or one entire academic year are $100 for new members and renewing members. Chain Reaction understands that some families might be not able to pay the membership fees. Therefore, Chain Reaction offers need-based scholarships for families who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. We ask that families who are granted a scholarship pay what they can with a $20 minimum fee and CR will gladly cover the remaining amount.

 

When is your membership active?

CR is open year-round, with service-learning projects offered during the Summer, Fall, and Spring school calendar months. 

 

Where are you located and what time do you open?

We are located at 1000 College Blvd Building 98 Pensacola, FL 32504. The entrance is located on the 2nd floor of building 98 (behind Kids College). We are open Monday through Friday 3:30pm to 5:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday during the school year, and 10:00 to 4:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday during the summer. Even after the center closes, teens will be accompanied by staff until their parent/guardian arrives. 

 

What kind of service projects does Chain Reaction have?

CR has a variety of service projects with different causes to support! You can check these projects out in the Teen section of the website. 

 

When are the Quarterly Meetings?

Our Quarterly Meetings are held January, April, July, and October on the second Monday of each month from 5:00-6:30pm. These meetings are peer-led, giving the teens the opportunity to meet other teens and interact with the CR staff in an interactive, teen-friendly environment. Teens find out different ways to get involved in the community through volunteer and leadership.

 

Will CR keep track of my teen's hours?

Yes! Once your teen signs up for Chain Reaction, your teen will receive an account for our online portal where they can check and print out their service hours. Upon request, we can also write out a signed hours verification letter for guidance counselors.

 

Does my teen have to come every week?

As a member of Chain Reaction, each teen is given a set of minimum requirements he or she needs to fulfill in order to complete the program. For the service projects, your teen needs to come to at least 6 of the 12 weeks available in the project. We understand that teens have other extracurricular activities, so once he or she meets these minimum requirements, he or she may come as desired.

 

How can I get involved as a parent?

There are a couple different ways you can get involved as a parent. You can become a Donor or you can become an Advocate. Our Advocates volunteer their time in different ways at our events. For more information, read our Chain Reaction Advocate section.

 

What is Kids' College?

Kids' College is a summer program hosted by Pensacola State College where teen volunteers can serve as teacher assistants in professor and teacher-led classes adapted for kids ages 5-12. This is a full-time commitment and serve 9 hours per day. It is a GREAT way to accumulate a massive amount of volunteer hours while having a fun, meaningful experience during the summer. You must be a Chain Reaction member and must fill out a separate Kids' College application to participate. Contact staff for more information.

 

How can I contact CR?

You can email us at info@mychainreaction.org or call our office at 850-471-4685.

 



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