It’s time for another issue of Philanthropy Kids magazine! For the entire month of May, we will be collecting stories to publish in the next publication. Submit your story at PhilanthropyKids.org/submit!
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We at Philanthropy Kids always want to recognize kids expressing their philanthropy, but we also want to discuss adults doing nice things for kids...
This Thursday I was coming home from Austin on a Megabus, so I could be an Orientation Leader for the TAMS Summer Orientation. After a 3-hour long bus ride, I end up in Downtown Dallas. To save my mom from a long car ride to downtown, I offered to take the DART Train most of the way home. I walk to the Arts District train station preparing to slide my card into the ticket machine to pay for my train pass, and all of a sudden, an elderly woman comes up to me and says "Here take mine, I won't be needing it anymore". I was confused for a second, and saw that this ticket hasn't been used at all! I was moved by this act of philanthropy by a woman I've never met before. To top it all off, just before she disappeared into the grid of skyscapers around Downtown, she said to me "Just Pay it Forward". It's amazing to see how selfless people can still be in a world full of people who would rather be the opposite. This is philanthropy.
When many people hear of someone not having enough food on the table they may wonder how they can help ensure that that person stays well fed. In my local community I had wondered that quite often and that was how I found out about our local community garden in Denton County.
We are back this year with an enhanced version of the P.A.V.E program. As you know, the P.A.V.E. program is designed to teach youth how to give back to their community. By participating in this program your child will develop leadership and communication skills, awareness of key world-issues, compassion for others, and most importantly the value and meaning of philanthropy. The P.A.V.E. program is founded on the idea that teaching a child to give back to others will help to develop their self-esteem and scholastic performance, by providing the children with a sense of purpose and personal responsibility.
This program is suitable for children of all ages but targeted at ages 7-13.
This year the P.A.V.E program is being offered in two tiers:
Key objectives of the P.A.V.E Tier I program are:
I always wanted to change the world and even now, I still do. I was not the most popular kid in school, nor the most liked; I was mostly bullied. But despite that experience, I wanted to make a difference in the world and help others benefit from it. I began a dance club in order for kids to be a part of a new world...something that they had not experienced.
Have you ever had that feeling of helping someone out, or donating clothes, or going on a mission trip? I have and it felt amazing, giving someone hours of my time, and seeing the faces that I have helped.
Elizabeth Porras hosts an EXPERIENTIAL program over Winterbreak at her HACIENDA in Mazatlan, Mexico. Students from Dallas go to Mazatlan Mexico for two weeks of CHANGING the lives of poor children.
Professor Bob Hopkins has created an opportunity for Dallas students and adult chaperones to go to Mazatlan to the 10,000 square foot Hacienda of Elizabeth Porras. Some of the experience will be to learn Spanish, but mostly to teach English, provide back packs full of toys for children, paint a school, help clean up hurricane damage in a wrecked village and share American experiences with Mazatlan non profit organizations.
The communications club at Eastfield College was wanting express their philanthropy in a way that was unconventional. They invited Philanthropy Kids to come and speak about the PAVE program: what the intended result is and how the students, as instructors, could ensure that result. However, to ensure that PAVE was effectively being administered, we had to make sure that the future instructors understood how to instruct the course. We taught them about various techniques to introduce the materials to the participants. We emphasized that PAVE was a program that had the power to turn a kid's life around, so it should be taught with sincerity.
Several weeks later, the Communication Club had a retreat where they would learn about camaraderie, something that PAVE promotes among each class. At the retreat, we had former PAVE instructors and PAVE participants came and had a discussion with the Club members focusing around the impact it had on not only the participants, but also the instructors.
The Communication Club used what they learned at the initial meeting and what they learned at the retreat when they implemented the program in Dallas ISD schools. They made it an after school program and saw the benefits. Students who would act up in class, were busy with the work they were assigned because they learned through the PAVE Program that they have a purpose. PAVE has done some incredible effects on students, but it needed influential teachers to make it happen. Philanthropy Kids was there to empower those teachers