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Compassionate Expressions

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Compassionate Expressions

 

When tragedy strikes, like a mass shooting or traumatic event, our first thought is often to find ways to help. While we may not know what others are going through, we can empathize and give words of encouragement through cards, drawings, music, poetry and art. 

Find out the best place to send a message to victims of the tragedy. It could be a local nonprofit, hospital, school or media station. 

 


Tools of Youth Philanthropy

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Tools of Youth Philanthropy

Learning to Give equips young people of all ages learn to use their voice and talent for good. Our resources help families, educators, youth groups, and communities ...  

  • educate young people about the issues and strengths in our communities,
  • equip them with skills and connections, and,
  • empower them to take personal action for the common good.

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  • Unit: 
    Black History IS American History
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    We are made by history. In this activity youth read the stories of philanthropic African Americans and influential related events that made America what it is today.

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    Character Education: Fairness (Grade 8)
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    Learners compare the meaning of justice with fairness and distinguish the meanings of fair, just, equal, and equitable. They write a definition for each term and display it on the wall for the duration of the unit.

  • Unit: 
    Powerful Words Unite Us in Service
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    Lead a discussion about the power of words to include, instruct, and inspire action. Participants analyze quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, about being open and inclusive. Design social justice posters to teach others about what they learned. 

  • Unit: 
    Majority Rule Minority Rights
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    Practice making a decision using principles of majority rule and minority rights.

  • Unit: 
    Civic Virtue in Modern American Democracy
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    The learners analyze examples from history of civic virtue and then select the characteristics they believe are most important for enduring citizen engagement.

  • Unit: 
    Cultural Competence
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    In this lesson, we broaden our awareness of different cultures and how they celebrate holidays. An optional service project includes writing letters to request diverse holidays be added to the community calendar, if they aren't already observed.

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    Generosity of Spirit Folktales
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    As demonstrated in these folktales, even the smallest things, when shared, can be examples of philanthropy. 

  • Unit: 
    Humans and Nature Flourishing Together
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    Through analyzing a Ted Talk by Robin Wall Kimmerer, participants develop their understanding of what it means to respond with gratitude to the gifts from the Earth. Participants expand their awareness of the interdependent relationship between humans and nature.

  • Unit: 
    Resolving Conflict with Respect
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    Conflict happens in many situations and knowing the proper means to communicate and resolve issues can mitigate many problems. This lesson helps youth evaluate the roots of conflicts and methods on how to resolve conflict with respect.  

  • Unit: 
    Deliver Gratitude Day
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    This lesson focuses on the meaning and benefits of gratitude. Participants give examples of what people give up (opportunity cost) when they give philanthropically.

  • Unit: 
    Bedtime Bags
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    In this one period lesson, students learn about people and children who are homeless and make bedtime bags for children in shelters as their service project. 

  • Unit: 
    Impact of Giving
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    Learners investigate local and global hunger issues, and learn about nonprofits in the community. Through interviews, research, and videos, students create visual representations of facts and issues related to hunger.

  • Unit: 
    Doodle Stones
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    In this one-period lesson, students examine the effects of using words as social action today and in history. They use words to communicate positively and build community within the school.

  • Unit: 
    Cultural Competence
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    This lesson explores the language of disability and the importance of asking people about themselves with curiosity rather than treating disabilities as taboo. We learn to use people-first language. 

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    Cultural Competence
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    Young people explore demographics and definitions to better understand some of the disabilities of their peers. They discuss how we can support one another's unique expressions of self. 

  • Unit: 
    No Boundaries
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    We all want other people to understand us. In this lesson, youth learn about needs of differently-abled children in their school or community and take a step toward removing barriers. They raise awareness of ways to understand and show respect for people with disabilities through a service project. 

  • Unit: 
    No Boundaries
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    We're all the same in one basic way: We all want other people to understand us. In this lesson, youth learn about needs of differently abled children in their school or community and take a step toward removing barriers. They use the persuasive power of communication to raise awareness of ways to understand and show respect for people with disabilities through a service project. 

EVERYONE has something to give!

EVERYONE has something to give!
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