Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Make and decorate a bird feeder from recycled materials. Use the type of seed that suits the birds in your area to make sure they have a reliable source of food. Enjoy your visitors from the window.
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! 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.
We discuss the joy of giving, as well as various ways to give through doing kind acts for people in the community. We learn how #GivingTuesday is a day of giving that combines efforts with others around the world to make a big difference. Children follow their own interests to make someone smile and promote kindness as an instrument of change.
This lesson focuses on the meaning and benefits of gratitude. A book about a gratitude jar challenges us to brainstorm things they are grateful for right now. For their service project, participants 'deliver gratitude' to others in the school community by saying "thank you" and observing the reactions of the person they thanked, as well as how they feel. They will keep a gratitude jar and add to it each day; they may look at their entries on tough days. They may add to others' jars with kind words.
Four Types of Service
After identifying a giving passion or learning about a community need, spark creative problem-solving with these ways to take action.
Direct, Indirect, Advocacy and Research
- Direct Service is ...
Whether you are in a school, home, faith-based, or community setting, your group can build community through brief check-ins. Check-in meetings may last between 3-15
Duration: One 20-minute introduction, and a revisit on each birthday throughout the year.
The learners will...
- experience the importance and joy of doing for others.
- feel capable of ...
Students learn about the role of bees as pollinators and learn about reasons their population numbers have been declining in recent years. They write a letter or create a handout to teach others how to help bees through planting native species.