Take A Stand

Grade Level: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Communication Skills
public speaking
In this activity participants to reflect opening on their beliefs and feelings about philanthropy. This activity will also help participants learn to speak up for issues they are passionate about and how to educate others on the topic.

What is difficult for you when you present to others? What issues are you passionate about? 


30 to 50 minutes 


  • Five large sheets of construction paper, each numbered 1-5

  • A PowerPoint slide showing the numbers 1-5 in a line (for remote group work) 


The facilitator explains to the participants that he/she will be reading sentences about acts of philanthropy. Upon hearing the statement, each participant will decide to stand behind a number (1 to 5, with 5 being definitely agree and feel strongly about it and 1 being definitely disagree and feel strongly against). Construction paper numbers are placed on the floor throughout the room. The facilitator encourages the participants to “Take a Stand: Do you agree? Disagree? Fall somewhere in-between?” The participants are directed to go to the number that best fits how they feel and stand behind the number. To do this activity remotely, ask participants to share their number in the chat. The facilitator may want to begin with some current issues facing young people. 

Examples of Current Youth Issues: 

  • The legal voting age should be lowered to sixteen. 
  • There’s no point in planning since life is a game of chance. 
  • Males and females are equally qualified to raise their children. 
  • It is important to continue your education after high school. 
  • Women should help pay for dates. 
  • Women and men are paid equally for equal work. 

Take A Stand Philanthropy Statements 

  • Everyone has just enough time and money to do what is really important to him or her. 
  • People should give to and serve each other because it is the right thing to do. 
  • Philanthropy is only for the rich. 
  • Our organization (community) encourages its citizens and members to volunteer. 
  • Young people in our organization are involved in giving and serving in the community. 
  • Young people are as capable as adults in serving their community. 
  • The adult members of our organization encourage us to plan and implement community service projects. 
  • Giving and serving is more than just doing; it is part of who you really are, your character. 
  • I know and understand the traditions of my organization and the stories of some of the founders/supporters. 
  • Young people have an opportunity to use their leadership gifts effectively in our community. 
  • Our organization encourages youth to give their time, talent, and treasure to the organization. 
  • Giving a portion of the money I earn to causes I believe in is important. 
  • Giving money to charitable causes is the responsibility of adults not young people. 
  • Even the very poor can give something to causes they really care about. 
  • Philanthropy is a thoughtful, intentional, ongoing giving of your time, talent and treasure for the common good. 


  • Which statements were most difficult for you and why? 
  • Do you feel that your organization values your participation as a philanthropist? 
  • How do your actions show your “inner” beliefs? Do you always act upon them? Why? 
  • What would you want to do the same or differently in giving your time, talent, and treasure in the future?