In this blog post, Jill Gordon highlights her passion to grow lifelong philanthropists from an early age. Jill is the Program Director for Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana.
Are you, or is someone you know in grades 6-11, making an extraordinary difference in the lives of other? Nominate them for the Power of Children Awards at childrensmuseum.org/poca. The deadline for submissions is April 30.
So what is youth philanthropy? Youth Philanthropy is the intentional and ongoing giving of time, talent, and treasure for the common good. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of the past Power of Children Award winners and have been truly inspired by their passion to share their time, talent, and treasure for a wide variety of community needs.
Think about the young people taking action and making a difference in your community. Now’s the time to nominate them for the Power of Children Award before the April 30th deadline! I encourage you to celebrate the youth philanthropists in your community and recognize the time, talent, and treasure they give back to your community.
These young people and so many other young philanthropists from around the country are serving their communities by both recognizing community needs and then finding solutions—and even in some cases creating non-profit organizations to solve those needs. They are giving of their time, talent, and treasure by dedicating many hours of volunteer service and raising funds for their cause. These youth are leaders, strong role models that lead by example so their peers will also take action and care. Lastly, Power of Children Awards winners and youth philanthropist have the ability to engage others to make a difference, regardless of an individual’s age.
As Program Director of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (“YPII”), a statewide initiative that promotes, supports, and sustains youth philanthropy in local communities, I encourage and help youth-serving organizations to integrate philanthropic concepts into their existing programs/organizations. YPII’s mission is “to grow lifelong philanthropist who give of their time, talent, and treasure for the common good.”
Let's help young philanthropists keep serving, giving, leading, and engaging in their community. Nominate a youth for the Power of Children Awards today!
Photo Nathaniel Edwards Photography