Make someone smile!
This year, many people are feeling isolated and anxious. How can young people make a difference? Give their time, talent, or treasure to brighten someone's day.
Take part in this year's Youth Project for #GivingTuesday by sharing this in your network!
What Is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, December 1, 2020. It’s a day when generosity is elevated after two shopping events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On this national day of giving, people around the world are talking about where they will give and encourage others to give.
Since #GivingTuesday is a social event, tell about the SMILES you share on social media: @LearningtoGive #GivingTuesday #MakeSomeoneSmile
Ways to Make Someone Smile:
- Call someone on the phone who will smile to hear your voice.
- Write a note of kindness and cheer to someone at a retirement or veteran's home.
- Start a virtual hangout for kids who are learning from home.
- Teens: Ask the principal at a local school what you can do for elementary students.
- Ask a non-profit organization in your community what you can do to support their mission.
- Pick up paper bags from a local grocery store and decorate with cheery messages, then bring them back to the store or a food pantry to be used for customers.
- Write a message on a "Doodle Stone" and hide it outside for someone to find.
- Come up with your own ideas!
This Kid President video may inspire conversation about simple things we can do. Here is a Google Doc to guide participation, created by Battle Creek, Michigan educator Kathy Adomonis. She also recommends playing Katy Perry's song Smile.
As educators and families, we can TeachOne lesson to raise awareness of the importance of giving and help our children realize they have something valuable to give - their time, talent, or treasure.
GivingTuesdaySpark is all about empowering young people to lead the way in sparking generosity in communities all over the world! On GivingTuesday- December 1, 2020- kids, teens, and young adults will lead volunteer projects, acts of kindness, and give back in the ways that matter most to them, creating something positive from the year 2020 and making a difference in the world.
Check out the GivingTuesdaySpark website for sample projects, curriculum and lessons that you can use to help your students ignite sparks of change on December 1st.
Register your project at GivingTuesdaySpark.org and join the whole world in giving back on December 1.
TeachOne with your classroom or whole school to empower youth to “do good” and “do well.”
Include TeachOne as a way to jumpstart conversations of giving all year long. Learning to Give’s TeachOne lessons consist of a single-session lesson and service project to help educators and youth leaders introduce different issues and a variety of ways to be generous. This way we grow our different generosity muscles along with deeper understanding of our communities.
- Back to School
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Earth Day
TeachOne Feature Lessons
Learners identify an outdoor space that needs cleanup, and they survey all the possible stakeholders before they take action together. With a goal of building peaceful and inclusive communities (UN Sustainable Development Goal #16), listening to others' perspectives is key to moving forward together for a better world.
Back to School
These lessons teach respectful language for positive group formation. Using literature to build relationships through trauma-informed practices, facilitators teach youth the choices they have to influence peaceful and inclusive communities. As a service, students make and donate "calming kits" filled with homemade items that sooth someone who is feeling anxiety or trauma.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
These lessons and projects give tools and tips for discovering our spark and celebrating the diverse contributions we all can make. Students internalize "I matter in my communities." As a service project, secondary youth design and take a poll to find out what issues others care about. Younger children bring joy and connection to others in the community.