Researching from the perspective of one type of scientist, youth become experts on the attributes of a tropical rainforest as well as the threats to its health and impact on the globe. Youth work in teams of four to make a collage poster and presentation.
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Unit: It's Goin' Down; The Rain Forest
Unit: Roots of Philanthropy (Teen)
Youth Activity: Youth explore the meaning of "common good," which is part of the definition of philanthropy.
"A community is only as good as its most unhealthy part." - anonymous
Unit: Grow Involved K-2
Children learn about caring and sharing through discussion of the book Martin's Big Words. The lesson introduces the "big" word philanthropy (giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good).
Unit: You Light up My Life
In this lesson, young people research various types of renewable energy and write a persuasive statement about which energy source their city or county should invest in.
Unit: Tikkun Olam (Private-Religious)
Unit: Rights and Responsibilities
This lesson examines the connections between the five basic guaranteed rights in the Bill of Rights and their corresponding responsibilities. Participants explore the natual consequences of fulfilling, or not fulfilling, responsibilities connected to their rights.
Unit: Quiet Contamination of Our Waters
Youth learn about the toxic ingredients in personal care products and take action to protect local waterways from the effects of the chemicals.
Unit: Helping Children Learn
Learners increase their reading fluency and awareness of philanthropy by reading to younger children.
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: George H.W. Bush and Points of Light
Students view primary documents to explore public policy on service. They make meaning of the government role and citizen responsibility in civic action. They make a personal plan of service based on their available time, talent, and treasure.