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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Unit: Cultural Competence
We define culture and explore the cultural traits of individuals and the group collectively.
Unit: Living History-An Intergenerational Philanthropy Project
This lesson is a celebration to culminate this intergenerational project. The children make a final visit to the senior center or retirement home where all the participants gather for a snack and a farewell celebration. The children read aloud and give their published Living History Books to...
Students write to pen pals in a different community and discuss ideas related to a service project. For example, the pen pals may plan and monitor a canned-good donation project.
Unit: Road Less Traveled
We compare and contrast the beliefs of the three cultures explored in lessons 1-4 to one's own family traditions - similarities and differences.
Unit: Our Land
This culminating activity gives youth an opportunity to teach about our land to others. They spread the word that "commons" are needed, and that when people work together they can make something better.
Unit: Everyday Acts of Citizenship
Through this activity participants become aware of their own privileges, and the racial, cultural and socio-economic biases in society today.
Unit: Gi-VING Treasure through a Video Project
In this two-session lesson plan, students are introduced to the VING video project. They have the opportunity to create a brief video as an application to award someone they admire $1,000 as a needed boost. This lesson guides discussion of why and how to take action for the good of someone in...
Unit: Power and Potential to Make a Difference
Young people are making a difference for the issues they care about in big and small ways every day. Learners read stories of young people who are taking action through philanthropy and discuss the attributes of youth philanthropists. They reflect on their own power and potential to make a...
Unit: What Is Philanthropy?
In this lesson, youth prepare a persuasive speech in which they demonstrate that one person (or small group) can make a difference in making the world a better place or taking action for the common good.