Check out the video below from the 2012 Youth Philanthropy & Service Camp!
This year’s annual youth grantmakers summer leadership conference was held on June 22nd-24th at Michigan State University, as a joint event with the LEAGUE Michigan, a program for service, service-learning, and philanthropy throughout Michigan. In celebration of 20 years of youth philanthropy, the theme of this year’s conference was “Revolutionizing Philanthropy: Past, Present, Future.” This year, over 470 youth and adults came together from across Michigan and 5 other states for the 2012 Youth Philanthropy and Service Camp!
At camp, attendees participated in one of three on-site service projects, all related to alleviating childhood hunger: For Kids’ Food Basket, campers put together 686 pounds of trail mix that went into sack suppers to be distributed to kids throughout Grand Rapids; 20,000 meals that will be distributed locally and within the United States were packaged to help support Kids Against Hunger; and finally hundreds of birthday kits that include cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons and a card, that will be distributed to local shelters for kids who may not have resources to celebrate their birthdays were assembled.
Throughout the remainder of the weekend, participants engaged in interactive breakout sessions that were focused on a variety of issue areas that impact youth philanthropy–all sessions were planned and facilitated by our statewide youth leadership committee! The Committee chose topics ranging from creating and implementing a needs assessment, to exploring new forms of innovative philanthropy, to ensuring diverse and inclusive practices within their work. Other major highlights of the weekend included presentations by guest speakers Chris Bashinelli (an international activist) & Robert Fogarty of Dear World (an organization started after Hurricane Katrina to use photography and empowering messages written on the body to increase awareness of particular issues), and spoken word performances by a youth arts group from Flint, Raise it Up!