September Events and Resources

September: Community Awareness and Citizenship

Culturally competent youth are aware of the diverse people and places in the world and seek to listen and work for the good of all. Featured themes and resources for September focus on citizenship, civic responsibility, and Hispanic Awareness Month. Our personal identity and connection to others form who we are as members of a diverse and beautiful community centered on the good of all. 

  • National Hispanic Awareness Month - Through literature and discussion, we build awareness of the culture and contributions of Latinx people. Link to Latinx resources on Learning to Give.
  • September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance - Commemorate the heroes of September 11 by being an everyday hero through service to the community. We all have a responsibility to be grateful for the gifts of community and generous with our time, talent and treasure for the common good (philanthropy). Explore our resources on volunteering and disaster response and preparedness. Check out YSA and 911Day for excellent resources.
  • Grandparents Day (September 11) - This day is an opportunity to hear stories of and develop relationships with grandparents and other elderly community members.  
  • Citizenship/Constitution Day (September 17) - We have lessons and resources about citizenship and the U.S. Constitution to model the importance of participation in a civil society. See lesson plans and activities below.

Literature for Islamic Heritage Month

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Literature for Islamic Heritage Month

We feature these books and discussion guides for Islamic Heritage Month. Through literature and discussion, we discuss themes of generosity, kindness, and community, while we build awareness of the culture of Muslim and Middle Eastern people.

September 11 Memorial

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September 11 Memorial

The disaster of the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. impacted all of our lives - in the U.S. and globally. People came together in service to help victims, honor the volunteers, and increase their kindness and community engagement. As you remember the event from 20 years ago, teach lessons about the importance of community, volunteering, and how we prepare and respond to a crisis. 

September 17 Is Constitution Day!

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September 17 Is Constitution Day!

Philanthropy in America is closely aligned with democracy and the Constitution's call to keep all citizens involved.  We have many resources about citizenship and the U.S. Constitution to guide discussion and build civic responsibility and knowledge of rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Ready-to-use resources teach skills and knowledge of social good, such as why act for the common good, evaluating primary documents, the Census, writing, and advocacy.

 

Grandparents Day

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Grandparents Day

Our grandparents and senior friends have stories to tell and wisdom to share. In a culture that values youth, we can take action to spend time with and appreciate the presence of people in our community who are older. Communities are stronger when people of diverse backgrounds and ages become friends and work together for a common purpose. These lessons, project ideas, and community resources prompt discussions and service that build respect for people of different generations.