Discovering Youth Philanthropy Through an Environmental Conservation Lens
Discovering Youth Philanthropy Through an Environmental Conservation Lens Kim Bednarek and Nita Hurley Discovery Montessori School Jacksonville Beach, Fl
Discovery Montessori SchoolOur Mission is to inspire our children to become passionate lifelong learners and responsible world citizens, in a challenging and nurturing academic environment ﬁrmly rooted in Montessori principles.
Youth Philanthropy Initiative Conservation & the Environment
Youth PhilanthropyWhat is it?Youth Philanthropy is the donation of time, energy orresources, including money, by children and youthtowards philanthropic causes. Youth philanthropyeducates young people about social change in order toidentify community problems and design the mostappropriate solutions.
Youth PhilanthropyWhat else is it?Youth Philanthropy can also be deﬁned as anythingyoung people do to make the world around them abetter place. Youth Philanthropy is, at the broadestlevel, youth giving of their time, talents and treasure.In doing so, students learn the answer to deeperquestions, such as, “What do I care about and Why?”
Youth PhilanthropyWhat is the difference between Charity andPhilanthropy?Charity refers to the relief of suffering whilePhilanthropy is the seeking out of the root causes ofsocial problems and solving them. Charity is for today;philanthropy is forever.
Youth PhilanthropyWhy at Discovery?We hope that through both local community and globalcommunity service, Discovery students will learn tobecome Leaders and Agents of Change in their localand global communities.
Discovering PhilanthropyIn 2010, The Discovering Philanthropy program waslaunched at DMS to provide a wonderful enrichment toour children’s authentic Montessori experience, onethat would awaken the power we all have to make adifference in the world.
Bring Youth Philanthropy to the ClassroomWays to integrate Youth Philanthropy into the daily classroom
Rainforest Alliance Curriculum Free curriculum- preschool through 8th grade Covers multiple areas of curriculum- math, language, geography and culture
Conservation Classroom CultureAnimal journals for studentsto shareAdopted species visible in theclassroomInternational Art ExchangeUse technology to connectinternationally
Creative Connections Art Exchange DMS Elementary students participating in an Art Exchange and Videoconference with elementary students living in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala.
Inspiring Students to ActBy educating students about issues around the world, weallow them to ﬁnd what matters to them.Show students they have the chance to make a difference.
Going beyond the classroomStudents feeding giraffes at White Students inside of a manatee rescue truck Oak Conservation Center during a visit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Elementary students watching a manatee release
Engage your School CommunityIdeas: Plan festivals for school community to celebrate your philanthropic work Create a t-shirt design contest for students to promote the cause Engage parents by sending home information letters about the work going on in the classrooms
Fundraising with a PurposeTrees for a Change-gift cardsEndangered SpeciesRainforest AllianceCertiﬁed Chocolate
Partnerships 2010-2013 Mission Matching Discovery Montessori School The Rainforest Alliance White Oak Conservation Center Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
The Rainforest Alliance PartnershipThe Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensuresustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, businesspractices and consumer behavior.Education is a cornerstone of their philosophy and international work.During the 2010-2011 school year students, through the DiscoveringPhilanthropy program, gifted $1300.00 to the Adopt-A-Rainforestprogram and dedicated it to the Maya Biosphere project inGuatemala.
The Rainforest AllianceDiscovery’s work with RA has culminated in regionalpartnerships with the local school district. Teachers fromDiscovery work side-by-side with local public schoolteachers to strategize and support each other in theimplementation of the RA classroom curriculum withﬁdelity.The American Montessori Society, the Rainforest Allianceand Discovery Montessori School are working together toinvestigate a national partnership ‘plan of action’.
White Oak Conservation Center The White Oak Conservation Center conserves and sustains some of the earth’s rarest wild animals through innovative training, research, education, breeding and ﬁeld programs that contribute to the survival of wildlife in nature. A globally integrated conservation initiative....that has chosen to partner with a local Montessori School for it’s inaugural school partnership!
The White Oak PartnershipOrganic Endangered Species Chocolate Bars, certiﬁed by theRainforest Alliance, was sold all year long in the DMS ofﬁceto raise capital for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.$1600.00 was collected and donated by Discovery to fund theWhite Oak Okapi Conservation Project in the Congo.
Okapi Conservation Projecthttp://www.okapiconservation.org/The Okapi Conservation Project is located within the Ituri Forest, in theDemocratic Republic of Congo, the most biologically diverse country inAfrica. The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) was initiated by WhiteOak in 1987 to conserve the okapi in the wild while preserving thebiological and cultural dynamics of the Ituri Forest. A ﬂagship species, theokapi serves as an ambassador representing the incredible diversity ofspecies found in the region.
The White Oak Partnership GlobalElementary Field Study. Elementary students and faculty enjoyed a day of studyin the ﬁeld with scientists and researchers at the prestigious White OakConservation Center. As part of this day of study, students experienced an upclose encounter with the Okapi - an endangered species of rainforest giraffe, andthe focus of our philanthropic work this year.November: Skype with The Congo! Students Skyped with lead researchers andscientists working in the ﬁeld on the Okapi Conservation Project in Africa.November 16th: Family Endangered Species Chocolate Campaign. DMSfamilies purchased boxes of ES chocolates to sell to friends, family, andcoworkers just in time for the holiday season!!! All proceeds beneﬁtted our YouthPhilanthropy Initiative.Golden Bead Society members had a unique opportunity to visit the ultra-exclusive White Oak Conservation Center for a private event and priority access.
Jacksonville Zoo and GardensThe Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s mission is to fosterunderstanding of the interaction of people, wildlife, and theirenvironment by: Creating experiences that engage our guests;Providing fun and innovative educational opportunities; Fundingoperations, expansion and programs through an entrepreneurialspirit with public and private partnerships; Instilling passion inthe next generation as responsible stewards of the future.
Jacksonville Zoo and GardensConservation focus on Manatees with international educational connection toGuyana (also connected to the Rainforest Alliance.)Zoo educators and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)visit Discovery Montessori (DM) for kick-off event/overview of manateeconservation in Florida and local/global initiatives and plans for the school year.Zoo education department to schedule four ﬁeld trips and educational touchesfor the school-year as well as work with DM staff to create projects for studentsand outline communication with students in Guyana.Zoo visits to include behind-the-scenes encounters with elephants and thehyrax (both distant relatives of the manatee).
Jacksonville Zoo and GardensStudents experience a manatee release (mother & calf)!Rainforest Alliance fundraising initiatives designated to support the developmentof the Zoo’s Manatee Critical Care Center.DMS annual fundraising event to be held at the Jacksonville Zoo andGardens on Saturday, February 9th.Discovery Montessori’s Annual Fund top tier to include Heart of the ZooSociety Membership. Regular Heart of the Zoo beneﬁts (zoo membership, VIPreception, behind the scenes tour, etc.) plus private cocktail party and behind-the-scenes tour exclusively for DMS annual fund top-tier contributors.
Discovery Montessori School The Rainforest Alliance White Oak Conservation Center Jacksonville Zoo and GardensAn elite environmental education experience with the means to change the world.