Sunday, April 1, 2007

Saturday, March 31, Third and final Day

8:00-9:30: Community Builders Learning about the Nonprofit World. Judy Jenkins( 1-505-828-3262), Albuquerque Academy It was the experience of a 4 week summer course that introduces students to the world of NGO (Non profits or Non Govermental Organizations) and the essense of philanthropy. It is free for all accepted students (20). It teaches students about the building blocks of the community. It is designed to provide an inside look at how the many non-profit organizations in the community function. It gives students the opportunity to meet and learn from community leaders committed to making a difference in the lives of others
1. What is a 501(c)(3)non-profit?
2. How do you start a non-profit?
3. Where does the non-profit money come from?
4. Who oversees the operations of a non-profit?
5. What is the role of a non-profit board?
6. What are foundations and how do they work?
7. What role do non-profit art and education enterprises play in the economic development of a community?

Concrete examples:
1. Who feeds and cares for the homeless?
2. How are shelters funded?
3. How do young artists find studio space and support?
4. Who takes care of the elderly who have no one else?
5. How do we bring great artists and speakers to Albuquerque?
6. Who protects animal rights?
7. How do we fight intolerance and hate?
8. Who speaks for the trees?
9. How do communities provide education and counseling about substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and child abuse?

How do the students learn?
A Philanthropic simulation: They are given $100,000 to give away. They have meetings at different times of about 2 hours, mostly in the afternoon or evening. I was provided with a copy of their schedule. The students give away funds "for real" now.

Results: The reflection of the students were amazing. There has been an increase in alumni giving as well as participation in non-profit giving. No statistical analysis has been conducted yet.

Possibilites for our school: Partnerships with Mr. Mauldin, Ms. Waren, the Center for non-profits, and Oklahoma City Community Foundation to provide the funding for the course and the connections to the resources. Other sources of funding mentioned: Toyota Foundation, the Corporation of National Service (governmental organization), Kellogs Foundation. Resource mentioned: www.board

9:45-11:15: Youths for Environmental Change: Pat Lupo (, Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force; Examples of effective environmental service-learning. Earth Force: Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. They do so by training and supporting educators in programs that enable young people to lead community action projects focused on creating sustainable solutions to local environment issues in the community.

Global Warming: Be part of the answer, not of the problem. We have the power to heal and hurt. Earth Force develops a sense of love and respect for the community the earth and one another. Listening with the ear for the heart to develop service-learning initiatives to help our earth. Lead with your heart!

1. Community environmental inventory
2. Issue selection
3. Policy and practice research
4. Options for influencing policy and practice
5. Taking Action
6. Looking back and ahead

Some ideas for our reality
Match 1st grade with 9th grade, etc. Create a "stewards of the earth patrol." Keep your building clean, conserve energy, do not waste paper. Create an environmental club in all the schools and have them interact together. Build energy efficient light bulbs and give them away with statistical information about energy saving to parents and surrounding community.

Do an statistical analysis of the litter collected on Adopt the Street clean-ups and create a plan of action to solve the problem. Sister Lupo's students in collaboration with the city government created signs similar to the adopt street signs to raise awareness about smoking and litering.
Resource: EELINK; North America Association for Environmental Education, e-mail:

11:30-1:30: Closing Reflection and CelebrationAdam Davis McGee: Roas manager for hip hop sensation Gritts was the motivator. Steve Culbertson, CEO of Youth Service America gave a motivation speech and said that the 2008 conference will be in Minneapolis-25 anniversary-April 9-12.

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