Publication Date: November 30, 2009
Authors: Amy Kurzeka
This study identified the benefits of youth philanthropy as perceived by student participants ranging from 13 to 22 years of age. Youth Philanthropy is a relatively new concept in the United States but a growing trend in San Francisco Bay Area communities. It moves philanthropy from the boardroom to the classroom, providing students an opportunity to apply academic objectives to the real world. This study surveyed 62 alumni of a youth philanthropy project occurring in two San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Day Schools. Alumni answered a series of questions about their project involvement and were given opportunities to reflect upon their philanthropic experience. This study found that the youth philanthropy project enhanced academic, social, and life skills while providing students an opportunity to explore their passions and learn about community needs. The youth philanthropy project left a lasting impression on students and motivated them to continue giving back to their community.