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Paying It Forward: Steps for Advancing Youth Philanthropy in Your Community


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Joseph Piearson, Coordinator of Youth Philanthropic Initiatives for the Iowa Council of Foundations, will provide a summary of youth philanthropy. Particpants will learn how the ICoF’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative is working with foundations to grow youth philanthropy in the state and hear step-by-step how high school students can play an important role. This webinar will explore how to involve youth on a variety of levels, giving suggestions and recommendations that will help you develop a model that works for your foundation.

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Paying It Forward: Steps for Advancing Youth Philanthropy in Your Community

  1. 1. March 26, 2009
  2. 2. OVERVIEW Youth Philanthropy in Iowa Examples of models Outcomes of youth philanthropy Step by step how to begin engaging youth
  3. 3. ELEMENTS OF YOUTH PHILANTHROPY <ul><li>High School Students* </li></ul><ul><li>Youth-Adult Partnerships* </li></ul><ul><li>Legitimate Grantmaking Authority* </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer focus </li></ul><ul><li>Unites students county-wide </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with nonprofit organizations in community </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum pieces in place for a variety of topics </li></ul><ul><li>*Present in all youth philanthropy endeavors in Iowa </li></ul>
  4. 4. Youth Philanthropy is constantly growing and changing in Iowa. If you are aware of programs not on the map, please contact the ICoF, and accept our apologies!
  5. 5. IOWA MODELS Community Foundation Based Private Foundation Community Organization Collaboration
  6. 6. CF BASED <ul><li>Teens for Tomorrow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Foundation Staff & Intern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School Students (30-35 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$5,000 in grantmaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. PRIVATE FOUNDATION <ul><li>YACC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dekko Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants $15,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets monthly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grantmaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Empowerment </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. COLLABORATION <ul><li>Jackson County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maquoketa Area Community Foundation & ISU Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship with Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth development pieces by Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philanthropy expertise provided by Maquoketa Area CF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$1,000 from CF for granting </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. OUTCOMES: WHERE ARE WE GOING? Youth Development Adult Staff Community Leaders Institutions Zeldin, S., Petrokubi, J., Camino, L. (2008, October). Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. Washington, D.C.:The Forum for Youth Investment.
  10. 10. OUTCOMES: WHERE ARE WE GOING? <ul><li>Youth Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety & Belonging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficacy & Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociopolitical Awareness & Civic Competence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Connections </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. OUTCOMES: WHERE ARE WE GOING? <ul><li>Adult Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence & Competence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generativity </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. OUTCOMES: WHERE ARE WE GOING? <ul><li>Community Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on Negative Stereotypes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocates for Youth Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Generation of Leaders </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. OUTCOMES: WHERE ARE WE GOING? <ul><li>Institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutionalized Expectation of Youth Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic Agendas Reflect Youth Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Community Coalitions Emerge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridge nonprofit generation gap </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. PAYING IT FORWARD Steps for organizing a successful youth philanthropy initiative.
  15. 15. 3 PHASES Part 1: Prepare the Way Part 2: Engage Youth Part 3: Grow Into Roles
  16. 16. PROCESS <ul><li>Part 1: Prepare the Way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Engage Governing Body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Determine SPECIFIC Role of Youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Determine Logistic of Engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Engage Youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Open Dialogue with Existing Youth-Structured Institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Application Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Prepare Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4: Orientation for Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 3: Grow Into Roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Keep Moving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Pass It On </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4: Make Changes </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. PHASE 1: PREPARE THE WAY <ul><li>Step 1:Engage Governing Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% support of adult leaders support philosophy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets environment as supportive & empowering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider time commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine capacity of involvement </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. PHASE 1: PREPARE THE WAY <ul><li>Step 2: Determine SPECIFIC Role of Youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voting power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will engagement benefit the youth & organization? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What aspects of engagement will be completely based on youth decisions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance requirements/time commitment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Address all issues or only youth-related in grantmaking? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. PHASE 1: PREPARE THE WAY <ul><li>Step 3: Determine Logistics of Engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation pieces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who else should be involved? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. PHASE 2: ENGAGE YOUTH <ul><li>Step 1:Open Dialogue with Existing Youth-Structured Institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools, churches, home school networks, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. PHASE 2: ENGAGE YOUTH <ul><li>Step 2: Application Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As prestigious as you make it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge students & yourselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide promotion </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. PHASE 2: ENGAGE YOUTH <ul><li>Step 3: Prepare Adults </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss how to work with youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare liaisons/mentors for youth </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. PHASE 2: ENGAGE STUDENTS <ul><li>Step 4: Orientation for Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease into new concepts with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine professional with fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide material references </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. PHASE 3: GROW INTO ROLES <ul><li>Step 1: Keep Moving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Ongoing Practice’ Mindset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are not ‘there’ yet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustain Relationships </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. PHASE 3: GROW INTO ROLES <ul><li>Step 2: Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess as you go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year-end evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. PHASE 3: GROW INTO ROLES <ul><li>Step 3:Pass it on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let community know youth are succeeding! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for youth, good for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network with similar programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Philanthropy Initiative of the Iowa Council of Foundations </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. PHASE 3: GROW INTO ROLES <ul><li>Step 4: Make Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to youth opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to challenge and risk </li></ul></ul>