I challenge us all to re-engage our zest for learning and testing new approaches by asking: How can I integrate the youth mentality into my work?
Youth can make funding decisions and, in some cases, maybe better than we adults. If you’ve been looking for a way to revive your grantmaking or breathe new life into your processes – their unique perspectives, creativity, and guts might just give you what you’ve been looking for.
As digital natives, today’s youth understand this implicitly and yearn to make a difference that will change the world for the better – on their terms.
I have seen the future, and it looks brighter than I ever could have imagined.
WEBSITES Youth Philanthropy Connect Provides in person and distance learning opportunities and resources. YouthGiving.org From the Foundation Center, an online hub for youth engaged in philanthropy; resources include videos, reports, case studies, a global map of programs, and grants data. REPORTS Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards, Youth Philanthropy Connect and National Center for Family Philanthropy, June 2013 Issue brief with stories of youth in family philanthropy. The Intergenerational Toolkit: Building the Generations, A Guide for Family Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations, October 2012 Resources to help families identify shared values and communicate for successful strategic philanthropy. Michigan Community
Youth become more responsible, caring, engaged in learning, and culturally competent, all while providing positive peer influences and developing integrity. Isn’t that what we want for all of our children?
Philanthropy [is] “a good start to fix systemic inequity. It’s definitely one of the hardest problems in the world to solve.”
Everyone can be a philanthropist regardless of their age, social-economic income, and family dynamics.
Anyone interested in making philanthropy more collaborative would do well to watch how it develops and to get involved in a supporting role.
The voice of our youth matter, and they are choosing to make a difference.