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Teen Philanthropy

SV2 Teen Philanthropy Program

2017 Rough Program Outline:
Meeting 1 - Kick-off meeting with topic-area learning
Meeting 2 - Site visit and service project #1
Meeting 3 - Site visit and service project #2
Meeting 4 - Site visit and service project #3
Meeting 5 - Grant decision meeting (extended session)
Meeting 6 - Final meeting and family celebration (extended session)
All programs are from roughly 1:00-4:00PM, unless otherwise noted.

Program Overview
Launched in 2009, the SV2 Teen Philanthropy program offers a comprehensive philanthropic experience through which 7-12th grade children of SV2 Partners develop deeper knowledge of the nonprofit sector and grantmaking, gain exposure to social issues and nonprofits addressing them, and are inspired to make a bigger difference.

The SV2 Teen Philanthropy program offers a unique experience distinguishable from other service projects teens may have done, as well as meaningful and lasting connections and networking opportunities with their peers, SV2 Partners, and community nonprofit organizations. We’re thrilled that this year’s program will be led by educators Janet Oh and Elizabeth Newton, founder of Allowance for Good, in close partnership with a Leadership Team of returning high-school students.

Typical Program Schedule
The group meets on Sunday afternoons for three-hour sessions. Each session is held at a different SV2 Partner's office, the SV2 office, or at a nonprofit service site, so in addition to a diverse nonprofit/philanthropic experience, teen participants get exposure to different industries and careers as well.

Session 1: Welcome, Orientation, & Program Kickoff
This high‐energy session will be packed with thought-provoking activities about how nonprofits work, as well as an introduction to this year's focus area, decided upon by the Teens Leadership Team. Key components of the program, the schedule, and expectations for participation will also be covered.

Sessions 2-4: Service Projects and Site Visits 
During these sessions, we will spend more time talking about the nonprofit sector and how it works, as well as all things “grantmaking” – how to evaluate potential grant recipients, and related topics. We will do hands-on service projects, as well as meet with leadership from the organization to discuss how they might use grant funds from SV2 Teens. This will provide the Teens with ample opportunities to learn about the issues of poverty in the Bay Area, each specific organization’s approach, and more.

Session 5: Grant Decision & Allocation Meeting
Always a dynamic session, in this meeting we take the Teens through a variety of activities to discuss what they have learned and ultimately come to a consensus on how they want to allocate $5,000+ (based on attendance) in grant funds across the three organizations at which they did service projects. Note that the middle and high school students will have separate discussions and allocations, but will come together to share their results, learnings, and perspectives with one another at the end of the meeting. The two smaller groups will allow for more nuanced dialog on the many topics, questions and ideas Teens have about how to allocate their grant funds.

Session 6: Program Wrap-up and Graduation
The Teens will meet first to do a wrap-up of this year's program and prepare for their grant check presentation ceremony and graduation. Then parents/families and nonprofit leaders will join us for a celebration and ceremony led by the SV2 Teens in which they present their learnings, future goals, and the grant checks to the three nonprofits.

Check out our recent news coverage: San Mateo Daily JournalLos Altos Town CrierHuffington Post

Meet our SV2 Teens Co-Managers:

Janet Oh
has been working in the Bay Area nonprofit sector for the last 13 years, focusing on projects utilizing the talents of youth and adults in the second half of life. She currently works with a small family foundation seeking to empower youth and bridge the opportunity gap for low income students. She was formerly the co-director of Coming of Age: Bay Area, director of Experience Corps Bay Area, and program manager at Prior to that, she was a Fulbright Scholar teaching high school English in South Korea. She graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a major in Sociology and a minor in Dance. Janet is also a student and teacher of yoga.

Elizabeth Newton
is Founder and Executive Director of Allowance for Good. She graduated with a master’s degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University summa cum laude and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Business Studies from Butler University summa cum laude. Prior to attending graduate school, Elizabeth worked in various capacities with the Center for Global Business and the Economy and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her work endeavors, especially those internationally, led her to value the importance of understanding the local context, creating respectful relationships that honor cultures, values, and communities, and pursuing activities that make a significant, positive impact in the world. Elizabeth has also worked with Net Impact as an AmeriCorps VISTA and the Institute for International Education, and she previously volunteered with Global Glimpse. Elizabeth is the recipient of the 2012 Hilton U. Brown Alumni Achievement Award from Butler University and was highlighted alongside 100 global leaders in Steelcase’s 100 Dreams. 100 Minds. 100 Years. celebration. She served on the Alumni Board of Directors at Butler University from 2007-2011. Elizabeth is a member of Donors Forum, the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, the Women’s Club of Evanston, and a frequent mentor for Northwestern University undergraduates. When not reimagining ways for youth to be actively engaged in global philanthropy, Elizabeth enjoys running, cross-country skiing, cooking, hiking, and escaping to the shores of Lake Michigan with her husband and son.

Interested in learning more?
All SV2 Teens are children (or close family members) of SV2 Partners. To learn more about becoming an SV2 Partner, please explore the rest of our website.

For more information about joining SV2 in general and the Teen program in particular, email today!

SV2 provides opportunities for my entire family to be much more strategic with our giving -- my wife and I are active in the grant rounds and my son has really enjoyed SV2 Teens. It's fun and challenging, and you can be as engaged as you want to be -- there's never any pressure.

Mike White,
SV2 Partner

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