6 ideas for youth and teens to give back
Children and teenagers can be empathetic, kind-hearted and justice-seeking. They want to make a difference in their community but may not know where to start. Here are a few ideas for them to get started on their philanthropic path.
- Join service clubs.
Join a local club that promotes and organizes service activities for youth.
- Plan projects
Organize a project with family or friends that will improve some aspect of life for others. Visit www.DoSomething.org for ideas.
- Participate in athletic races.
Train and participate in a walk/run in support of your favorite nonprofit. Find local fundraisers at www.EventBrite.com by searching the Charity & Causes category, then filtering by Race.
Research nonprofits in your area and contact them about volunteer programs. Search for local opportunities at www.SHARECharlotte.org.
- Host a give-back party.
When you throw your next birthday party, ask guests to bring gifts for an organization with specific needs.
- Give mini-grants.
Look for funding opportunities and projects that funnel small gifts for big impact and give what you can. Visit www.DonorsChoose.org for opportunities near you. You can make a difference with a gift of any size.
By encouraging your children and grandchildren to think broadly when it comes to philanthropy, you will be planting the seeds for a lifetime of giving.
Source: FFTC’s Center for Personal Philanthropy’s Strategic Giving Guidebook