By Cathy Brown, associate director, The Fund Raising School
Join in #IUyoungphilanthropists this summer!
There is a lot of conversation these days around taking action. But what can kids do? Join our celebration of #IUyoungphilanthropists this summer.
#IUyoungphilanthropists invites elementary and middle school aged youth to explore, learn, and understand philanthropy through a series of self-guided and/or family activities. Participants read, watch, listen, observe, and act. Then with permission, these #IUyoungphilanthropists share their experience and action on social media using #IUyoungphilanthropists.
According to Learning to Give, “Youth flourish from being active in philanthropic initiatives (Rosen and Sedonaen 2001). Philanthropic deeds give kids ownership and pride. When young people are not involved in the community they often feel marginalized and unimportant (Crestinger 1999).
Children and adolescents serving their community are given the control and assurance that is needed to build their sense of self-worth. More tangibly, there is evidence that young people that volunteer, write grants, or fundraise, learn life skills, responsibility, and commitment as well as improve their grades and behavior in school (Safrit 2002; Rosen and Sedonaen 2001).”
Youth philanthropy is, well, relatively young, having gotten its start in the late 1980s as a desire by the nonprofit sector to build and ensure the future. Today, there are many valuable curricular resources on youth philanthropy for classrooms, youth groups, and clubs.
As we continue to voluntarily self-isolate through the summer, we at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy invite individuals and families to take their own actions and become #IUyoungphilanthropists.