Student Voluntarism Symposium
Students define the importance of philanthropy in developing and maintaining our democratic society. They investigate real issues that affect their world, and become involved in identifying and addressing solutions to those problems through volunteering at a nonprofit organization. Students encourage others to volunteer at a student driven symposium.
Students will begin to ponder the essential questions regarding philanthropy, which they will consider throughout the unit. They will formulate answers, and be familiar with the terms associated with philanthropy and democracy.
Students will see how American philanthropists have made a difference in making the world a better place.
Students will use themes from Victor Hugos novel Les Miserables to help formulate answers to the essential questions, most specifically, the question: Can one person make a difference in making the world a better place?
Students will understand the organization of a non-profit agency, including how it is funded and how the resources are allocated. They will also volunteer for a minimum of four hours at the agency. (This lesson continues the learning from Lesson Four.)
Students will make a multi-media presentation in a clear, meaningful way that educates peers, educators, parents, and community members about the issue and non-profit organization that they studied and their philanthropic work which addressed that problem.