Hundreds of local students, educators and community-based professionals will gather to share advice and anecdotes on how engaging in community service and volunteering made a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and beyond during the 11th Youth Philanthropy and Service Annual Workshop on February 14 at the Holiday Inn South in Independence, Ohio.
Youth Philanthropy and Service (YPS) is an initiative of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. The program's mission is "to develop and promote leadership and personal involvement by youth in the giving of time, treasure, and talent to their community."
YPS began in 1996 by providing resources to K-12 educators on service learning. In 2001, YPS began providing these services to community-based organizations. The annual workshop brings together Cleveland-area educators, K-12 youth, volunteer coordinators and youth development professionals to learn about best practices and local projects focused on community service. During the day-long workshop, the youth and educators will lead and participate in a variety of workshops focused on the theme of "Connecting through Community."
Workshop highlights include:
In addition to the workshops, a keynote talk will be given by Colonel Robert L. Gordon, senior vice president for civic leadership at City Year. A member of the AmeriCorps network, City Year is an "action tank" for national service that seeks to demonstrate, improve and promote the concept of national service as a means for building a stronger democracy. Gordon helped found the AmeriCorps network when he was a White House Fellow and director of special operations for the Office of National Service.
Participating in community service as a youth builds a foundation that can last a lifetime. According to a joint report from Youth Service America and Independent Sector, 44 percent of adults volunteer, and two-thirds of these began volunteering their time when they were young; high school volunteering recently reached the highest levels in the past 50 years; and adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
The YPS workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., with the last session starting at 2 p.m. Registration—which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all workshops and exhibits—is $75 for adults through February 7. Registration fees after that date—along with additional information—can be found online at http://www.case.edu/mandelcenter/yps/training/annualworkshop/.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.