Teach Giving to Inspire Community
In today's world, many kids feel isolation and anxiety. They may envision their future based on limited options they see. Many lack experience taking responsibility to address conflict and challenges. Often, young people grow up unaware of their community’s assets or the power of nonprofit sector.
Learning to Give helps youth learn about their communities and how they can help others with their time and talent – their unique gift. Giving promotes happiness and purpose, while teaching the givers that they are a vital part of something bigger. When young people feel ownership in their communities and take action to make a positive difference, they step up their game. Imagine the impact on classrooms, schools, regions, and the global community when all youth learn the value and practice of giving and civic participation.
"Giving back helps solidify your place in the world and is a big part of building identity. In the larger scheme of things, I want students to realize that their actions impact more than just themselves." -Ms. Jenerou, MI
Our free teaching resources include the following:
We are a global community of diverse stories - past, present, and future. Valuing our communities and sharing our unique stories contribute to a more inclusive world. The following two resources were written by educators and youth facilitators across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice.
Learn and Take Action on the Issues We Care About
Guides for youth, educators, group leaders, families, and community groups
The best service-learning projects
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Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.
These picture book and teen novel guides provide thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and caring. The featured books have themes of respect, kindness, inclusion, perseverance, responsibility, generosity, and citizenship.
Service Sparks Youth Action
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects!
These service project guides spark ideas for individuals or groups of young people of all ages to make...
Get to know the nonprofits that make up your community! We make it easy and welcoming for young people to physically visit in person the places that address the unique needs in their community - the local food pantry, park, museum, or pride center. Each "Open Doors to Your Community"...
These film and video resources are great tools for teaching youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Youth Group Facilitator Guide
Learning to Give, in partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations, developed this set of activities based on seven themes that emerged through a survey of Michigan YAC advisors and MCFYP supervisors. Some of...
Empowering youth is a collaborative effort. We are all served when our youth embrace the tools of generosity and citizenship. These focused resources were created in partnership within a region or for a specific audience. These are freely available for anyone to use and adapt, or use as a...