Meet a Member of a Youth Advisory Committee

Grades: 
3, 4, 5

A youth from a Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee speaks to the group about the program, their duties, and the process of applying for a grant to do service work.

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Duration 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Session
Objectives 

Learn the duties of a Youth Advisory Committee and how it can help youth service in the community.

Teacher Preparation 

Invite a representative from the local community foundation's Youth Advisory Committee (a youth) to speak to the group (in person or virtually). Ask the YAC representative to speak on the work of a YAC, their personal journey of learning about it and joining the YAC, and how the YAC can support youth projects in the community. 

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Before a visitor (in person or virtual) visits the group to talk about the work of a Youth Advisory Committee, discuss the final project ideas determined in the previous session. 

    Ask them to listen to the presenter for the duties of a Youth Advisory Committee and how the committee can help with the projects they have in mind.

  2. Introduce the YAC representative to the group to speak on the work of a YAC, their personal journey of learning about it and joining the YAC, and how the YAC can support youth projects in the community.

  3. After the YAC presentation, discuss and reflect in groups of four:

    • List the duties of a Youth Advisory Committee
    • List ways the YAC can support one of the brainstormed project ideas.
    • Come to an agreement on a recommendation to the whole group and who will present.
  4. The group reconvenes and each of the four groups shares what they discussed.

    After all groups share, come to consensus as to how a Youth Advisory Committee might best help with the project. (For example, they may write a grant requesting funds for their project.)

    Before the next session, they gather information to contact the YAC or write the grant proposal.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 04. Operational Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe how a volunteer youth club in the community operates.
    2. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark E.1 Name at least one grant-making foundation.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.2 Discuss the importance of respect for others.