Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Get outside and take care of nature that takes care of us! Create a welcome environment for birds and beneficial insects by providing water and flowering plants.
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Conduct research on the quality of water in your community or home. Tell your friends and community members about the safety of the water and encourage people to stop buying bottled water and carry a reusable water bottle.
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Start a movement with your friends to use their voices to spread peace, positive messages, and kindness. The world needs your voice.
A Simple Safe Service project from home: Interview a grandparent or elderly friend to find out what they did for fun when they were young, and how it is the same and different than you. Follow your phone or video interview with a card in the mail. Or make friendly door hangers to donate to a local home for senior residents.
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Let our essential workers know we care with kind messages of thanks and gratitude. Let your working neighbors know how much you appreciate them and the work they are doing to keep the community safe.
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Lift others’ spirits with kind messages and art in windows and on sidewalks. Back up your kind messages with a little investigation of what makes people happy.
This secondary lesson explains what the U.S. Census is and why it is important for everyone. Every ten years, we count everyone who is living in the U.S., from babies to the oldest people. This gives our government a clear idea of who is using services and where we have growth or decrease in population. If we know who lives where, we can make sure to provide services, such as education, health care, public services, and food/housing in the needed places.
Students consider diverse perspectives as they advocate for stewardship. They audit the building grounds by looking around for plaes that need extra attention and stewardship. When they find a spot to care for, they must find out who the stakeholders are and interview them. Listening to different perspectives before making a plan of action shows respect and inclusiveness.
In response to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s challenge, we explore what it means to be the best with the talents you have. Students practice listening and responding with respect. They raise awareness through volunteering of the benefit to communities of a variety of contributions. Everyone has something to give, and this lesson helps us respect and celebrate the contributions we all can make to peaceful and inclusive communities. Students internalize "I matter in my communities."
In this lesson, students learn that we all have ideas and talents to make the world a better place. This is an opportunity to demonstrate and feel the impact of kindness, inclusion, and listening on a caring community. Students learn from a community helper about the needs they observe in the community. They make and donate a "calming kit" so the tool may help youth calm themselves. Use this at the beginning of the year to set a tone and learn skills of effective language that are good for all.