Mar 1, 2024

Playing for a Purpose:Chain Reaction celebrates 20 years of impactful teen service

In 2003, fueled by frustration with broken teen development systems, Kristin Fairchild founded Chain Reaction, an organization dedicated to empowering teens through volunteer opportunities. Fast forward 20 years, and Chain Reaction has evolved into a teen leadership institute and impactful nonprofit, mentoring thousands of teenagers over two decades.

Fairchild’s journey is a testament to resilience and growth. Her personal experiences, as well as running an all-girls group home, inspired her to transform frustration into action. While she admits to making every mistake in the book, Fairchild’s spunk, drive and vision led to the establishment of Chain Reaction.

Its mission, “Giving teens the opportunity to learn through service,” encapsulates its success over 20 years. The organization’s secret lies in teen-focused and teen-driven programs and curriculum. Teens lead service projects, inspiring community change while developing critical soft skills for college and career success. Chain Reaction’s programs include Resume Action Plans, tracking service hours for scholarships, providing a positive after-school environment, and instilling the joy of serving and leading in the community. One notable service project is “Get Grounded,” where teens paint superhero-themed pots and pair them with encouraging letters for children in foster care.

New teen members are welcome to join year-round. With a recent Escambia Children’s contract, a satellite location has opened at Pensacola High School on Thursdays.

As Chain Reaction marks its 20th anniversary, Fairchild attributes success to grit, determination, incredible people, supportive board members, dedicated staff, generous funders and the community. She emphasizes the vital role of CR teenage members, their parents and small yet mighty donors.

The 20th-anniversary celebration on March 14 promises reflection and gratitude to those who contributed to Chain Reaction’s journey as well as hearing from teenagers currently in the program and the impact it is having on them. There will be food, spirits and fun interaction with teen members at the Playing for a Purpose event.

“You will get to answer questions to see if you are cooler than a teen, hear about products they endorse as well as learn what your iPhone can actually do,” said Fairchild.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance, and this is an adult only event. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3000 for a table or individual tickets at $50.

Fairchild encourages everyone to attend and help celebrate the organization’s milestones and impact.

Want to go?

What: Chain Reaction’s 20th Anniversary Playing for a Purpose event

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 14

Where: Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I St., Pensacola

Cost: Sponsorships from $500 to $3000 for a table or individual tickets at $50

More Info: email Kristin Fairchild at, visit or call 850-471-4685