Familiar Tools Feed Renewed Enthusiasm for JOY

The five-year milestone in the JOY program provided an opportunity for South Portland’s Mahoney Middle School Specialist, Jeff Kozaka, to review and align the philanthropy curriculum with other technology skills and goals being taught.  “I decided to upgrade the JOY … Continue reading

“JOY” Throughout the Year

Students with experience in Jumpstart Our Youth feel empowered to find solutions to everyday needs, even outside the structured annual grant process. At Spruce Mountain High School, JMG Specialist Barbara Jewett notes that students who have had more experience with … Continue reading

Young Philanthropists Learn Lifelong Lessons

According to JMG Specialist Susan Dubay, her Community High School students in Fort Kent embraced the role of youth philanthropists. After a thoughtful and thorough process to deepen their understanding of community organizations applying for funds, it was clear the … Continue reading

“Did Our Money Go There?”

JMG’s Project Reach students at Vassalboro Community School have made many JOY donations in the local community since the program began nearly five years ago.  Students who began making the grants as 6th graders are more experienced philanthropists as eight … Continue reading

Joy Bridges the Distance

Inspiring, motivating, catalyzing, embracing – all of these words, yet none by itself can fully describe China Middle School’s JOY-based  experience with Darius Weems, a young Georgia man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disease in boys that often … Continue reading

Funding Builds Understanding of Mental Health Among Lewiston Sophomores

Most teens do not spend a great deal of time thinking about mental illness. Given the chance to make grants in the community one might expect them to choose a more “popular” cause. For Tina Clark, Director of Development and … Continue reading

Deering High School Invests in a Message

To educate teens about the occurrence of teen dating violence, the Young Adult Abuse Prevention program (YAAPP) works with its target population to design its programs. As part of its successful JOY grant proposal, YAAPP asked the JMG students at … Continue reading

Warsaw Middle School: “They Thanked Me for the Opportunity to Help!”

Philanthropy. Donating. Volunteering. Contributing. All words that imply something given with no expectation of return. Also, sometimes a tough concept for adolescents to grasp. Keith Piehler, while serving as a JMG Specialist at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, was driving … Continue reading