Youth Activities

Youth Activities

Ready-to-use activities engage service-oriented youth groups in building a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making. Activities for Faith Groups include Judeo-Christian and Muslim perspectives. Full Table of Contents here and activities in the yellow block below.

Film Clips and Discussion Guides

Share brief and engaging video clips in your classroom or youth group and discuss elements of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Each activity includes a 2-15 minute video clip, discussion questions, and a follow-up activity. Thanks to Dr. Salvatore Alaimo at GVSU for donating the clips from his feature length film, "What Is Philanthropy?" See the red block below.

Middle and High Schoolers Teach Philanthropy

Want to be the spark that gets someone new into service? Young people can share their passion for service and grow diversity for future group participation by teaching a Learning to Give lesson in a local middle school or elementary classroom, Even the youngest children have the time and talent to volunteer and take action that serves the community and addresses a real need, but they may not recognize it until someone gives them their first experience.

Below are two sample lessons adapted for youth to introduce the vocabulary of philanthropy and justice and share their volunteer experience. 

  1. Elementary Lesson Teaching Peace Through Literature and Song
  2. Middle School Lesson Justice and Kindness Play a Part

More lessons available at www.learningtogive.org/resources/lessons-units

Video Clip Discussion Guides

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Video Clip Discussion Guides

These brief and engaging video clips and discussion guides are great for anyone who wants to discuss concepts of philanthropy with youth. They may be used in the classroom, youth club, or grantmaking meeting to build understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Each activity includes a 2-15 minute video clip, discussion questions, and a follow-up activity. Thanks to Dr. Salvatore Alaimo at GVSU for donating the clips from his feature length film, "What Is Philanthropy?"

Youth Activities for Small Groups

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Youth Activities for Small Groups

Over 100 activities to define philanthropy, build leadership skills, and understand board service and grantmaking. 

Note: This is a growing collection. The activities are currently being reviewed and edited by young people. They will be published as they become available.

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Issue-Related Lesson Plans, Community Resources, and Project Ideas

Browse the topics below to help your planning. Each Issue Area colored block below contains related K-12 lesson plans to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy.

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Courses and lessons uniquely designed for independent schools to develop hearts and minds. Through the Learning to Give courses and lessons for independent schools, you will find creative examples of teaching and learning that develop students’ 21st century competencies – like collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, and analysis – while equipping students to give, serve, and take citizen action to better their world.

These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.