Yesterday, I learned about one of the coolest initiatives I have ever heard of through Princeton Theological Seminary's youth division. Basically, Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry has started a new initiative called the Youth Philanthropy Academy and they have partnered with an organization called “Giving Point”. The link is below. Giving Point tries to mobilize the gifts, talents, and passion of teens to change their world (Kingdom Work!). Theoretically, we could develop a philanthropic idea of one of the students and then our other students could help develop it. The program requires that adult mentoring be involved. Here is how it works:
1. Teens from your church submit applications to Princeton.
2. A student is chosen based on their passion for the idea and their individual drive to achieve it.
3. That student then goes to Princeton in July and receives intensive coaching for 1 week about how to communicate the vision of their idea and develop a 1 year plan to execute on it.
4. They go back to their church and are required to assemble some adults to help them execute that plan. (I love the inter generational aspect of this! Boom!)
5. They are given $500 of seed money to execute the idea if the church matches with $500.
6. If they make sufficient progress they are invited back to Princeton in 1 year for a dinner gathering with business folks from around the country who listen to their pitches and offer funding for the organizations.
*The Student must be a Freshman or a Sophomore
My church is considering whether we might participate in this process. We scrapped our usual Sunday morning program a little over a year ago and started working on what we call, "The Project". Essentially it is an attempt to missionally engage our community. My suspicion is that some of you have teenagers with unbelievable ideas out there. Places where they have sensed a gospel gap that needs to be filled long before our adults have. Mine those teens and get them to apply!!!
A. Giving Point- https://www.mygivingpoint.org/
B. Joshua’s Closet, which is an example of a Giving Point Project- http://joshuasclosetinternational.org/
C. Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry’s new project called the Youth Philanthropy Academy: http://iym.ptsem.edu/youth-philanthropy-academy/