SV2 Teens Philanthropy Program
SV2 Teens Philanthropy Program is a program that is part of the well-established, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), which is a vibrant giving network of more than 200 Partners who come together to learn about effective giving and pool their money and talent to support promising social ventures throughout Silicon Valley and the world.
Launched in 2009, the SV2 Teens Philanthropy Program offers a comprehensive philanthropic experience through which 7-12th grade children of SV2 Partners develop deeper knowledge of the nonprofit sector and grant making, gain exposure to social issues and nonprofits addressing them, and are inspired to make a meaningful impact. Since its inception, SV2 Teens has attracted over 100 youth, many of whom have been inspired to continue creating social impact in college, their careers and through service and leadership projects beyond of SV2 Teens.
The group meets on Sunday afternoons for three-hour sessions over the course of several months. Sessions are held at a variety of settings - at the SV2 office, at nonprofit service sites, and at corporations that engage in philanthropy in some capacity. The goal of meeting at a variety of locations is to provide our youth with a diverse nonprofit/philanthropic experience, while also exposing them to the many different industries and careers within Silicon Valley.
Each year, the SV2 Teens program culminates in the SV2 Teens Grant award celebration. Our SV2 Teens thoughtfully discuss, deliberate and ultimately select which of the organizations they visited will receive an SV2 Teens Grant. The Teens invite the leaders of the selected grantee organization(s) to our final celebratory meeting and present a check to them in front of family, friends, SV2 Partners and Board Members. Teens have said this grant making experience is one of the most valuable and rewarding part of the SV2 Teens program, along with the service projects during which they work directly with populations in need.
Other organizations SV2 Teens has engaged with over the past 8 years:
2013 - Acterra, TransForm CA, Hidden Villa
2012 - Ravenswood Family Health Center
2011 - Ecumenical Hunger Program, Shelter Network, Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula
2010 - Family House, Inc., Earth Justice
For more information on how to get involved with SV2 or SV2 Teens, please visit their website HERE