Build Community

These activities guide us to understand ourselves and our communities, what we care about and our role and purpose in the larger community.

Philanthropy education and service-learning guide young people to learn about community and their role in it. In the learning process they build community with their peers. They develop skills and knowledge. We guide them to explore needs, history, systems, and ways to take action. Their problem-solving and voice lead them to creatively take action

Build Community in our family < group or classroom < hometown < state < country < world 

How do we build caring communities? We all belong to many communities that form by location or shared interest. The following activities may be used as a group is getting to know one another to identify what people care about, and as ongoing dialogue and practice to foster a community of caring, respect, and involvement that leads to a better civil society. We all have something to give - time, talent, or treasure - toward building community.  

Blue Sky Envisioning Activity

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Blue Sky Envisioning Activity

Get to know the people you interact with and what they care about with this group envisioning activity. The participants understand themselves and their community and imagine a better world. Then discuss first steps they can take.

Map Your Heartbreak

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Map Your Heartbreak

This activity guides participants to discover their giving passion. The first step to meaningful philanthropy is identifying issues that really matter to us. In this activity, participants follow their hearts...or rather their heartbreaks to discover what they are passionate about.

Culturally Responsive SEL for Social Justice

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Culturally Responsive SEL for Social Justice

These Five Activity Guides provide culturally responsive and culturally affirming activities to build Social Emotional Learning (SEL) while encouraging youth to foster their personal and collective voice and role in diverse communities. Our activities challenge youth to discuss identity and social issues, respect others, and take generous action toward a socially just community.

Open Doors to Your Community Resources

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Open Doors to Your Community Resources

What do nonprofits in your community do? This set of resources introduces young people to local food pantries, community gardens, LGBTQ+ centers, heritage museums, and other organizations that make your community a better place. Follow these guides to get an introduction before engaging with service and learning to make a real impact.

Add Philanthropy Themes to Your Calendar

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Add Philanthropy Themes to Your Calendar

Add themes of generosity and community action to your calendar through familiar monthly events. This guide features national and international holidays and days of service with links to activities and knowledge resources. 

Identifying Youth Spark through Service

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Identifying Youth Spark through Service

What is something that makes you excited to get up in the morning and gives you energy? Whatever that vision is, that is your "spark." We explore how generosity could spark meaning in your kids' day and life. Learning to Give lessons are poised to help students identify and develop their spark. Read the full article for tips on how to spark youth through service. 

Cultural Competence Facilitator's Guide

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Cultural Competence Facilitator's Guide

This Cultural Competence Facilitator's Guide is made up of fifteen activities for families, clubs, or classrooms - suitable for ages 5-15 - to examine what it means to be culturally competent in today's society. These activities engage youth with literature and discussion to use words, intentions, and actions to build a life of generosity and community engagement.

Check-Ins and Group Meetings for SEL

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Check-Ins and Group Meetings for SEL

Boost youth engagement and security with daily check-ins. Allowing time for youth to share their emotions or thoughts increases belonging and empathy. 

A Gift for Others on My Birthday

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A Gift for Others on My Birthday

This lesson starts at the beginning of the school year as part of the classroom procedures to support the classroom community. Students “do for others” on their birthdays with an act of kindness of their choosing with very little help from home.

Teamwork Skills

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Teamwork Skills

These activities and games will help you educate, equip and empower your students to build community, trust and open communication in the classroom, as well as in the greater community. 

Creating Group Agreements

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Creating Group Agreements

Group agreements are a list of statements formed by the group that expresses what the group needs from others in the group in order to feel safe, supported, and productive together. They help us do our work because we feel our voice matters to others and we want to hear from others.

These activities guide us to understand ourselves and our communities, what we care about and our role and purpose in the larger community.

Philanthropy education and service-learning guide young people to learn about community and their role in it. In the learning process...