August 1, 2014
This blog post recaps the fourth annual Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference, held July 24-26, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Written by Annie Hernandez, Director, and Katie Marcus Reker, Program Assistant, for Youth Philanthropy Connect, this piece from the National Center for Family Philanthropy blog recaps the gathering of adults and teens involved in youth philanthropy. From the conference, Annie and Katie identified six key pieces of advice for engaging youth in philanthropy:
- Be open and vulnerable: share your experiences honestly with youth to help them learn from your successes and mistakes!
- Make it fun (incentives can help!): making philanthropy, board meetings, networking, etc. fun experiences will help youth find joy through their giving.
- Let them care and find ways to show empathy for one another and other youth you are working with.
- Leadership = Ownership: let them take ownership of their work by taking the lead. You may be surprised by how they step up to the challenge!
- Don’t reinvent the wheel: research youth engagement strategies to help you brainstorm methods to implement in your organization.
- Find ways to show support for your youth: support their fundraising in creative ways, volunteer with them, ask smart questions to help them think deeper about their work.