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Links & Resources on Youth Philanthropy: For Educators


These following sources we've looked through and want to supply you with have more lesson plans, ideas and resources that you can use to implement youth giving programs, to educate youth to become future leaders and more...  These sources should help you to educate youth to become Great Givers.

Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth
Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth (CCFY), http://www.ccfy.org/toolbox/youth_philanthropy.htm, has a best practices report (free for download) identifies, assembles and interprets the lessons learned from the rich reservoir of practice and the emerging body of research in youth philanthropy. It documents the best practices from a variety of youth philanthropy program models and provides examples, tips and questions that can help inform decisions about strategies, structures, and activities for existing and new programs.

Learning to Give
Learning to Give (LTG), www.learningtogive.org, is an innovative educational initiative seeking to maintain and enhance a civil society. LTG's mission:

  • EDUCATES youth about philanthropy, the nonprofit and volunteer sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • DEVELOPS philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • EMPOWERS youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, their lives and their communities (behavior).

Family Cares
The FamilyCares program, www.familycares.org, an initiative of the Points of Light Foundation, helps to promote compassion through hands-on family projects that help others in need. No matter how you define "family," volunteering together benefits your family, community, and the nation at large.

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
The CIRCLE, www.civicyouth.org, promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.

CYFERnet (Children, Youth, Families Education and Research Network)
CYFERnet, www.cyfernet.org, is a national network of Land Grant university faculty and county Extension educators working to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families. Through CYFERnet, partnering institutions merge resources into a "national network of expertise" working collaboratively to assist communities. CYFERnet provides program, evaluation and assistance for children, youth and family community-based programs.

The National Service-Learning Partnership
The Partnership, www.service-learningpartnership.org, is a national leadership organization dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core element of the educational experience of every elementary, middle and secondary school student in the United States.

National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC)
NYDIC, www.nydic.org, is a project of the Nation Assembly through its affinity group, the National Collaboration for Youth. NYDIC provides practice-related information about youth development to national and local youth-serving organizations at low or no-cost.

The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearing House
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, www.servicelearning.org, supports the service-learning community in kindergarten through grade twelve, as well as higher education.  It also supports the service-learning community through community-based initiatives, tribal programs, and others interested in strengthening schools and communities.