Allowance for Good announces a successful pilot year for their newest program, Allow Good. Allow Good educates youth in public high schools on the social challenges facing their communities, equips them with the tools to effect change, and engages them in taking action for social good. To do this, they work in a near-peer model, developing chapters on college campuses and training collegiate chapter members in their curriculum. They empower the collegiate students to teach the curriculum in high school classrooms on a weekly basis under the supervision of high school teachers.
The Allow Good classes begin with the high school students exploring their local community and its social challenges, philanthropic theory, organizational evaluation, and grantmaking. They then start the process, as a group, of narrowing to a single social challenge of importance to them.
Next, 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 the grantors and making a donor-funded $1,000 grant to a non-profit organization.
During the first year Allow Good was able to engage twenty-five collegiate trainers from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, 185 high school students, and eight local non-profit organizations. Allow Good youth made eight $1,000 grants to local community organizations. The grantees represented a variety of social issues including: preparing children on Chicago’s south side for lifelong success; reducing the lack of hope among Chicago’s youth; rape victim advocacy; and local food sources for the homeless.
In order to reach more high school youth and create even more positive social change, Allowance for Good desires to add a third Chicago area collegiate chapter and a corresponding fifth public high school to the Allow Good network. They also plan to expand to additional classrooms in existing high schools. This will grow their reach to 285 high school students and 50 collegiate trainers within the upcoming school year.By 2020, they aim to operate 16 chapters throughout the United States engaging more than 2,750 collegiate trainers and high school youth. In order to achieve this goal they are looking for entrepreneurial college students with an interest in philanthropy and social justice to inaugurate collegiate chapters. They are also seeking committed high school teacher advocates to bring Allow Good to their classrooms. For more information on how to start a collegiate chapter or bring Allow Good to your high school contact Karin Scott, Program Director at Allowance for Good or visit www.allowanceforgood.org/allow-good.