The Power of Teaching Civics

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The merits of studying Science and Math are hard to deny, as are the benefits of working hard to receive high marks in all of one’s studies. Recently, however, a Fremont, California teacher realized his students would benefit from a civics class that teaches them how to be informed and engaged community members. “The course touches on a range of …

Projects That Work

Elizabeth Herrick Adolescents, Community Outreach, Nonprofits Leave a Comment

At Wow we are constantly looking for information that supports our mission and better informs our quest to engage youth in acts of generosity; we read articles that discuss the social-emotional merits of service, and we follow institutional research groups like Harvard’s Making Caring Common and UC Berkeley’s Center for Greater Good, as well as national nonprofits such as Youth …

Generosity and Self Esteem

Elizabeth Herrick Adolescents, Elementary School, Gratitude, Middle School, Self Esteem, WOW Leave a Comment

As parents, educators, and community members, we all want our children to thrive, to be kind and engaged citizens, who, perhaps most importantly, believe in themselves. There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s self worth, but a recent NPR article “Helping Strangers May Help Teen’s Self Esteem” highlights several connections between acts of generosity and teens’ self esteem. …

Give the Gift of Generosity

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Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Give the Gift of Generosity This holiday season Wow: The Generosity Project wants to help you spread generosity throughout the community and encourage people to give back to our local community, so we created Generosity Gift Cards. Each card is good for a donation to participating local nonprofit; you (the giver) determine the amount, …

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

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In recent years, there have been countless articles, books, and research papers that outline the benefits of expressing one’s gratitude. The merits of “practicing gratitude” are hard to ignore– studies show that people who regularly give thanks are happier, and more specifically that teens who are giving are also, “happier and more active, involved, excited, and engaged than their less …