Allow Good connects collegiate chapters and local high schools to educate youth about the social challenges facing their communities, equip them with the tools to effect change, and engage them in taking action for social good.
Allow Good collegiate chapters train interdisciplinary student teams to teach our philanthropy, civic engagement, and global citizenship curriculum in high school classrooms on a weekly basis under the supervision of high school teachers.
Our curriculum aligns with three sets of standards: C3 Framework (College, Career, and Civics), 21st Century Skills, and the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) service-learning practice standards. The program has been implemented in many high school classrooms including Advanced Placement courses and as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Classes begin with the high school students exploring their local community and its social challenges, philanthropic theory, organizational evaluation, and grantmaking. High school students then start the process, as a group, of narrowing to a single social challenge of importance to them. They research and vet organizations in their community addressing this challenge, issue an RFP, and review grant applications from local organizations. The class culminates with the high school students becoming grantors and making a donor-funded $1,000 grant to one organization.
In spring 2016, our high school students made eight such grants to local community organizations. The grantees represented a variety of social issues including: preparing children for lifelong success, safe spaces for youth after school, rape victim advocacy, and local food sources for the homeless.
Student-Directed Grant Recipients
Since 2016, our school-based program has facilitated more than $38,000 to community organizations as an outcome of our student-led grant process*. Take a look at some of the organizations that have been chosen as grantees by our young changemakers.