Nurturing and Empowering the Giving Gene in Youth
Engaging children and young people in the arts and practices of giving is critical to instilling lifelong habits of compassion and generosity. This workshop is co-led by the founders of YouthGive, a Bay Area-based national nonprofit which provides innovative learning programs and opportunities for youth-led philanthropy and civic engagement. YouthGive’s expanding Giving Journey curriculum helps teachers guide the service pathway of students while equipping parents with tools to nurture compassion and the “giving gene.” This workshop will offer ideas, tips and tools for schools, educators and parents seeking to tap the deep reservoir of “time, talent and treasure” that youth have to make a difference in their community and the world. Educators and parents interested in developing or deepening community-based philanthropic education and service opportunities for youth are encouraged to come learn and share!
Jenny Yancey and Dan Siegel are parents who care deeply about nurturing compassion in young people and providing families and schools with tools that empower positive change. They have worked together for 25 years creating and managing nonprofit organizations, and serving as consultants, researchers, trainers and writers promoting effective philanthropy, nonprofit sector innovation, and youth leadership. Before launching YouthGive, they co-authored a landmark study on donor education funded by the Ford, Hewlett, Kellogg and Packard foundations. Siegel and Yancey have spoken nationally and globally on the philanthropic sector, led youth leadership and family philanthropy workshops and retreats, and advised individual donors and families on strategic giving. For eight years, they worked in Eastern Europe, helping to create the Civil Society Development Foundations in Hungary and Poland and wrote a major study (The Rebirth of Civil Society) for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund on the emerging philanthropic and non-governmental sectors. They live in Mill Valley, CA and enjoy seeing their two children leading lives of meaning and purpose.