When you’re a Philanthroparent, you see potential for service around every corner, and sometimes it is hard to choose which social issue to focus on. Instead of choosing philanthropy activities for your family every time, try seeing the social issues we’re surrounded by on a daily basis through your child’s eyes…. or through their viewfinder!
This lesson (written for a service-learning organization that helps teachers integrate service into their curriculum) can also be utilized by parents, as well. Offer your child a chance to be a budding photo journalist. Hand over your camera, smartphone, or tablet. Let them document their surroundings. As you look back on what they’ve captured, there’s a good chance you’ll find a multitude of social issues in your immediate community, and this can drive a service idea. Not sure how to help them use a lense of social awareness as they view their work? You can help by discussing the types of social issues they might have encountered… Animal Care, Homelessness, Safe Communities (visit the ‘Resources’ and ‘By Social Issue’ tab at Philanthroparent.com to get a list of possible categories).
Sometimes a picture says a thousand words, and sometimes it reveals a new service adventure right around the corner.