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 practicing teachers across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) guides include suggested activities and videos to help young people reflect on their personal role in community. Social Justice activities and lesson plans by grade level culminate in a StoryCorps-style project.
Toolkits for the Issues We Care About
for youth, educators, group leaders, families, and community groups
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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.
SIMPLE SAFE SERVICE
Service projects you can do from home. These simple and safe project guides are an easy entry for any group of young people looking to make a difference with their time and talent. Choose from a variety of project guides. Select one...
These film and video resources are great tools for teaching youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
This set of philanthropy-based resources was designed for youth groups interested in empowering and informing the next generation to be generous and engaged in community.
Learning to Give, in partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations, developed this...
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...