Peace Out Programs
The Peace Out Teen Philanthropy Education program is a full education-based curriculum designed to lead students through an 8-week course where they learn about fundraising, business, marketing, teamwork and, most importantly, philanthropic giving. Through this program teens have the opportunity to explore all aspects of the not-for-profit world; from forming their own foundation, to raising money for causes in the community, and volunteering at local nonprofits.
A key component of this program, and fundamental value for Peace Out itself, is active intergenerational engagement. All program sessions are held at local retirement communities, where residents are encouraged to share their lifetime of philanthropy and experiences with our teens. We also host "Senior Saturdays" where students directly impact the seniors at a host retirement community by distributing goodie bags, helping move furniture, doing odd jobs and chores, or just engaging in conversation.
One of the most powerful attributes Peace Out is the ripple effect created by the huge numbers of those indirectly served, but directly impacted. This can include siblings and friends of Peace Out teens, past students who participated, and of course those served through the multitude of nonprofits supported by the youth. Peace Out teens act as role models, leaders, and ambassadors of civic and social responsibility, not only for their peers, but people of all ages in the community.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Grants and donations will be used in direct service for program costs including supplies, equipment, staff support, and the overall enhancement and expansion this important program throughout the community.
“Peace Out gave me the chance to raise money for special needs, something I am very passionate about.” – Natasha, age 14
"I have learned that raising money is positive and even a small amount can make a difference. I want to do it again and again!" - Amanda, age 13
“Peace Out really opened my eyes and made me think about those in need.”- Amanda, age 15
“The experience was very rewarding for her. Not only does your group make a difference in the community by helping local charities and teaching kids how good it feels to give, but I’m sure it also rubs off on the parents, some that have forgotten the importance of giving.” – Melody
"At school today two of my students were talking, Austin said that Peace Out makes you a better person and Lydia said that she is glad that she has learned how easy it is to help people. Truly honest, uninvited comments from the kids you are changing and empowering." - Lori, teacher at Curtis HS
“Teaching young people how to be effective philanthropists leads to life-long community movers and shakers - just what the world needs more of!” - Susan at KGHP