Youth Philanthropy: Empowering Youth to Become Contributing Members of Society
Youth VolunteerismEmpowering youth to become contributingmembers of societyJason BrewerUnited Way of El Paso County
WE MUST BECOME THE CHANGE WE WANT TOSEE.YOU MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT RESULTS COMEOF YOUR ACTION, BUT IF YOU DO NOTHINGTHERE WILL BE NO RESULT. - MAHATMA GANDHI
Objectives: •To define youth philanthropy •To define empowerment •To illustrate the importance of empowerment of youth to become motivated volunteers •To identify opportunities for empowering your youth to become volunteers
Phi·lan·thro·py altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or un-paid work for those in need, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes. -Webster’s Dictionary Philanthropy is more than just a fund raising campaign. It is about giving back for the sake of advancing community conditions for all.
Creating a culture ofPhilanthropyOur current societal views of philanthropy •Non-profits not seen as an integral part of corporate world •Traditional forces for teaching this ethic are eroding. •Skills necessary to offset forces of social disintegration in an increasingly diverse culture are found in civic sector. •Understanding of civil engagement remains a mystery to children.
Creating a culture ofPhilanthropyGiving is Learned behavior
Benefits of Youth Philanthropy •Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and be philanthropic as adults. •Youth who volunteer just one hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior. • Young people who volunteer are more likely to become active citizens, engaged in civic activity as youths and later as adults. • Almost 78% of youth who volunteer report that volunteering is important because it “allows me to gain a new perspective on things.” • Volunteering connects young people to their communities, fosters leadership and develops an interest in making a difference.Source: The Corporation for National and Community Service, “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research.”
Additional Health Benefits of YouthPhilanthropy • Improved self confidence and self-esteem, which helps to reduce blood pressure and improves immune function. • Placement in highly social situations, which increase the opportunity for close interpersonal relationships and strengthen one’s sense of identity • Formation of interpersonal ties and social networks that can act as a buffer against stress and illness. • A longer life expectancy than non-volunteers. Studies report that engaging in regular volunteer work increases life expectancy because social interaction improves quality of life. Source: The Corporation for National and Community Service, “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research.”
Em·pow·er·mentto enable, permit, or give power to; to promoteindividual self-assurance to produce a desiredoutcome -Webster’s DictionaryDoes this definition match your original thoughts of empowerment?
It begins with you.•Children are born wanting to give, but loose the inclinationif precedence is not set in their environment•Nurture their inclination to give•Encourage interaction with other giving adults outside ofthe home•Participate in volunteer activities as a family.•Encourage youth participation by seeking opinions,suggestions
Global Youth Service DayGlobal Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largestservice event in the world. United Way of El PasoCounty is organizing the 5th Annual GYSD forApril 20-22, 2012.GYSD is Designed to:•Mobilize youth (ages 5-25) to identify andaddress the needs of their communities throughservice and learning,•Support youth on a lifelong path of service andcivic engagement,•Educate the public, the media, and thepolicymakers about the year-round contributionsof young people as community leaders.
Global Youth Service DayIn April 2011:•More than 4,500 youth participated in community serviceprojects• Engaged more than 44 youth organizations toparticipate in Global Youth Service Day•Projects included clean-ups, non-perishable foodcollections, garden planting and family shelterrenovations.•Project conducted a Kick-off celebration that was held onApril 15th at the Chamizal National monument.
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Contact Me:Jason BrewerUnited Way of El Paso Countyjbrewer@unitedwayelpaso.org915-533-2434@brewerjlz on Twitterwww.volunteerelpaso.org