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Activity Guides

These ready-to-use guides engage young in cooperation and service while learning about the history and practice of civic responsibility and generosity.

"Students learn by example and firsthand experience. Service-learning incorporates both of these techniques in a loving and fun way." -Deb Nolting, IN

Simple Safe Service Guides

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Simple Safe Service Guides

Service Projects you can do from home. The Simple Safe Service projects give your family ideas for generous actions that encourage youth voice and promote the common good, even when we are apart. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, reflection, and a connection to an optional lesson plan. 

Literature Guides for Books about Building Community

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Literature Guides for Books about Building Community

Learning to Give picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books below raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship. We also highly recommend The Conscious Kid for building inclusive classrooms. This PDF from The Conscious Kid has book lists and discussion guides, as well as a guide to selecting inclusive materials with identity-affirming attributes. 

Youth Group Facilitator Guide

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Youth Group Facilitator Guide

This facilitator guide provides guidance for a year of engagement with youth who are learning about philanthropy, service, or their role in community as engaged citizens. The seven content blocks loosely follow the service-learning process that challenges youth to match their interests to community needs through investigation, preparation/planning, action, reflection and demonstration. Videos, activities, and projects may be utilized in order or selected a la carte style to meet the needs and interests of your youth program. 

Video Discussion Guides

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Video Discussion Guides

These brief and engaging videos are great for the classroom, youth club, or grantmaking meeting to build understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Each guide includes a 2-15 minute video clip, discussion questions, and a follow-up activity. Thanks to Dr. Salvatore Alaimo at GVSU for donating the clips from his feature length film, "What Is Philanthropy?"

We are a global community of diverse stories - past, present, and future. Sharing our unique stories helps make a better world as we engage in the philanthropic act of generous listening. 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: Guides with suggested activities and videos to help students engage in SEL while Learning to Give. Social Justice: Lesson plans by grade level that culminate in a StoryCorps-style project.

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.

Current events provide opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and to decide whether and how to get involved. At Learning to Give, we want to help young people learn about and practice taking action for the common good. Look here for current ideas to spark youth knowledge and action to make a difference.

Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

The best service-learning projects are related to learning, involve youth voice and choice, address a researched need, and work with local resources. Click the green button in each issue area block below to access a ...

Learning to Give in Your After-School Program 

Use our step-by-step mini-courses for teaching generosity and building community connections in your after-school program. Learning to Give’s Free Teaching and Learning Mini-Courses linked below guide After-School instruction and...