Mia is a participant in Allowance for Good's Fall 2015 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy class in the Chicago location. She also participated in AfG's 2015 Global Philanthropy Summit this past July that focused on empowering social innovation.
Philanthropy has two roots, philos and anthropos. In the most literal sense, philanthropy means "love for humanity" but it is so much more. When you give your effort to someone or something greater than yourself it is incredibly humbling and inspires not only you but those around you. The act of giving is something that everyone can do, philanthropy is a universal concept.
|Mia presenting at AfG's Global Philanthropy Summit.|
Growing up in Chicago and going to school and choir in Humboldt Park gave me a different perspective on the CPS school system than my peers at Walter Payton College Prep. I remember many of my very intelligent and driven peers from elementary getting denied from high schools due to lack of preparatory resources. This year, I started a tutoring program at Jenner Academy for the Arts to help the students perform to the best of their ability. Putting together the program not only enriched my organization skills but also helped me develop opinions on teaching methods that I had not thought of before. Seeing the students at Jenner reminded me of my own childhood, and I wanted to help give those students the opportunities that many of my old friends did not have.
|Mia at AfG's GPS week.|
Philanthropy can't fix the past, but it can shape the future.