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Teen Philanthropy

SV2 Teen Philanthropy Program

Apply now for SV2 Teens 2015!!


Applications were due by Monday, January 12, 2015.  SV2 Teens 2015 kicked off on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  To see what the 2014 SV2 Teens experience was like, check out this video!

This year the program focused on organizations that address homelessness and hunger, topics chosen by a leadership group comprised of teens with past experience in the program.  Space is limited and applications are taken on a first-come first-served basis.  Download the application and instructions here

2015 Program Dates:
February 8 - Kick-off meeting with topic-area learning (extended session)
March 1 - Site visit and service project #1
March 8 - Site visit and service project #2
March 15 - Site visit and service project #3
April 19 - Grant decision meeting (extended session)
April 26 - Final meeting and family celebration (extended session)
All programs are from 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. This program is led by SV2 staff members and Partners in close partnership with a Leadership Committee 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 or at a nonprofit service site, so in addition to a diverse nonprofit/philanthropic experience, teen participants get unparalleled 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. 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

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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