These Service Sparks guides provide directions for generous actions that encourage youth voice and promote the common good. Each project includes step-by-step instructions.
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What are the benefits of engaging youth in philanthropy? Young people may bring new ways of thinking to community-centered work, curiosity, and openness to differences. They may also gain skills and knowledge of philanthropy and learn about career opportunities. This document shares benefits to your organization, community, and youth themselves.
We are taught to love all humans and help others, but as a society we tend to be less empathetic when we come face-to-face with someone experiencing homelessness and poverty. Breaking the general stereotypes associated with homelessness and poverty with information and ideas may greatly help individuals who are experiencing such struggles. This toolkit provides information, activities, and resources to help youth use their voice, heart, and hands to take big and small actions for a meaningful purpose.
These great books help us talk to children about giving and community. We have combined selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities with themes of empathy, respect, kindness, inclusion, perseverance, responsibility, generosity, and building a better community.
This toolkit guides youth, educators, group leaders, families, and community groups as they investigate the issue of global issues and prepare to take action.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: This lively whiteboard video outlines and describes the steps of service learning and inspires ways to take action in the community.
In this activity participants will learn about the process of reaching group consensus. The group will generate service project ideas and begin the planning process.
In this activity participants learn that the power of caring and sharing can be stronger when there is more than one person acting philanthropically. This activity acts as a good energizer prior to developing a philanthropic team project.
Every person has individual traits that make them unique and who they are. People with neurological or physical differences have often been seen as less capable or received services that separated them from others. Society is enriched when it embraces our differences as gifts and characteristics to understand and respect. Awareness can change attitudes, laws, and opportunities. Each young person has a voice, heart, and hands to take big and small actions to help us create a more inclusive world.
In spite of the diverse roots that make up our country, some immigrants who come for opportunity and refugees who are forced to leave their homes are treated with disrespect or even cruelty. Young people have the opportunity to speak up and raise awareness of the beauty of diversity and value of embracing people of all backgrounds and situations. This toolkit guides youth, educators, group leaders, families, and community groups as they investigate the issue of immigration and refugees and prepare to take action.