Project TITAN – Trained Involved Teens Assisting Non-Profits
Project TITAN connects youth volunteers with non-profit or public organizations by giving teenagers an opportunity to serve as board members for these community organizations. Youth are matched with a non-profit organization that has a mission statement compatible with his/her interests. Students receive an adult mentor from the board on which they serve. This mentor helps make the youth’s time on the board as productive and enjoyable as possible. Youth can also be paired in teams to serve on boards.
Benefits for teens:
- Teens can serve as role models for their peers.
- Teens gain a wide range of skills and develop confidence in their opinions and ideas.
- Early teen participation supports long-term growth of social responsibility and involvement.
- Teens learn problem solving and decision-making skills.
- By serving as board members, teens will learn about philanthropy and community well-being.
Benefits of Project TITAN for non-profit boards:
- Teens provide diversity to the board.
- Teens energize the group and bring a new dynamic to board members.
- Teens can challenge conventional thinking.
- Involving teens reflects the democratic value of letting all people voice their ideas and opinions.
- Teens can influence their parents and other adults.
- Teens will capture the attention of decision makers and grant givers.
- Teens are uniquely qualified to say what works for young people and can provide a fresh outlook.