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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 literally allows teens to capitalize on the good existing within them to affect the greater good of the world. My class realized that they are unstoppable, and that authentic change is not created when one’s bank account reaches a magic number or when one reaches a certain age. It happens with 26 high school juniors and seniors, one incredible organization, and a whole lotta good
— Erin Cunnea, Allow Good Loyola Chapter Member studying English, Math, & Theatre Secondary Education

Allow Good collegiate chapters train interdisciplinary student teams to teach our philanthropy, civic engagement, and global citizenship curriculum in public school classrooms on a weekly basis under the supervision of classroom 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 various classes including Advanced Placement courses and as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. 

Classes begin by exploring the local community and its social challenges, philanthropic theory, organizational evaluation, and grantmaking. Throughout the process, students prioritize their own interests and passions and drive the decision-making process from start to finish. As a group, each class narrows their focus 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 collective student action in the form of either a donor-funded $1,000 grant or collaborative project which serves the needs of their selected organization.

Student-Directed Grant Recipients

Since 2016, our school-based program has been able to facilitate 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.


Our collegiate chapter members are critical to delivering our mission and programs. Ready to bring Allow Good to your campus? Learn more about how to launch a chapter.


Loyola University
Northwestern University
University of Chicago


Do you teach at a public high school where we are not yet partnered? Contact us to learn how to integrate our curriculum into your classroom.

*Please note Allow Good only makes grants through our partner schools. We do not make grants to individuals and cannot respond to such requests.