Launched in 2009, the SV2 Teen Philanthropy program offers a comprehensive philanthropic experience through which 6-12th 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.
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.
Welcome, Orientation, & Program Kickoff
Sunday, January 27, 2pm-5pm
This high‐energy session will be packed with thought-provoki
Service Project and Site Visit #1 of 3
Sunday, February 10, 2pm-5pm
During this session, 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 meet at the first of our three prospective Grantee locations – and do a hands-on service project, 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, this specific organization’s approach, and more.
Service Project and Site Visit #2 of 3
Sunday, March 3, 2pm-5pm
We will meet at the second of our three prospective Grantee locations – and do a hands-on service project, meet with the leadership to discuss how they would use grant funds, and more. We will continue discussion of how to think about giving money effectively in preparation for the upcoming group allocation process in session #6.
Service Project and Site Visit #3 of 3
Sunday, March 24, 2pm-5pm
We will meet at the third and final of our three prospective Grantee locations – and again do a hands-on service project and meet with leadership from the organization to discuss how they would use grant funds. In addition, we will continue to give the Teens some ways to think about the three various organizations for the upcoming grant decision meeting.
Grant Decision & Allocation Meeting
Sunday, April 28, 2pm-5pm
This will be a dynamic session in which 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 the Teens have about how to allocate their grant funds.
Program Wrap-up and Graduation
Sunday, May 5, 2pm-5pm, teens session; 5pm-6:30pm, dinner and graduation ceremony for families
The Teens will meet as usual in the afternoon 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 dinner celebration and ceremony led by the SV2 Teens in which they present their learnings, future goals, and the grant checks to the three nonprofits.
All SV2 Teens are children (or close family members) of SV2 Partners. To learn more about being an SV2 Partner, please explore the rest of our website.
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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.