Why I want my students to be involved in volunteering and service, etc.
I believe in youth voice. Far too often our youth have great ideas about volunteering and supporting their community, but they have no idea about project management or how to leverage resources to make a difference. Students should be given the opportunity to become "change agents" in their community.
Tips for infusing philanthropy...
As the Director of Training and Support for United Brothers and Sisters of America I train teachers and students to implement service-learning in their community, The United Brothers and Sisters of America is a 501(3)c non-profit Service-Learning Mentoring organization that provides a standardized service-learning delivery framework, training, and project management support to youth serving organizations that focus on positive youth development and have service learning requirements or objectives. As a part of each session the students engage in discussions about the 40 Developmental Assets developed by the Search Institute. The 40 Developmental Assets encourage discussions through games and skits. Twenty-minutes of each session is devoted to LTG Lessons followed by a small group activity, and a reflection moment.
I taught this LTG lesson
Why Eat Organic, Local Hunger and Malnutrition, Hunger Hurts, Back to the Future, Good in the Hood, What Will You Bring....just to name a few. Each semester I have about ten service-learning projects in the 9-week session. We use LTG lessons in each service-learning group. We have used LTG lessons since 2011.
How I adapted the lesson for my learners
The LTG lessons are very user- friendly. We divide the LTG lesson into twenty minute segments for each service-learning sessions, so in essence it take two to three weeks to complete one full LTG lesson.
We begin student engagement with the "Blue Sky" brainstorming method. Encouraging youth voice includes learning from our youth about their community. Each service-learning group use the Blue Sky sessions to share their community concerns with each other and then they vote as a group to decide what particular issue they will work together to solve in their community. Last year a group of high school seniors decided they wanted to help homeless youth. As a part of their service-learning project they held a sock drive at their school to donate to the Covenant House (a shelter for youth ages 18-21). Students were very surprised to learn the reasons why youth are homeless. They were even more surprised about how their sock drive would benefit youth that lived at the Covenant House. "I will never forget this experience" Demarquavous Daniels