About Us

Generation Joy is founded on the simple principal of "Kids Helping Kids".

After five years of successfully running an annual humanitarian project at Beaver Lake Middle School in Issaquah, Washington, founder Curtis Betzler realized the generosity and potential of his community and formally founded the non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Generation Joy Foundation. 

In 2007, a group of educators, parents and business people joined Curtis in an effort to broaden his vision and expand the project to include new schools, communities and concerned individuals.  Together with its volunteers, Generation Joy is committed to collecting and delivering educational supplies in underserved areas around the world, starting with South Africa.

Generation Joy works with students to plan and execute a yearly drive that not only collects goods but also raises awareness about educational needs plaguing South African kids.  In the schools, students oversee all aspects of the drive from collection and shipping of the supplies to personally distributing them in South Africa.  What started as a bunch of middle school kids collecting pencils and paper has blossomed into a non-profit organization with worldwide impact. 


Message from Generation Joy’s Founder

The success of the drive not only benefits the students and communities in South Africa but has a lasting impact on our local communities.  Students learn they can be major players in helping educate students on the other side of the globe.  We firmly believe that through education, all children will be armed with the skills, tools and the understanding of how to better care for themselves, their families and in turn their communities.

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