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Parents Elevate Teen Giving at Jupiter High Schools for Abod Shelters Foundation

Greetings Abōd® Shelters Friends!

Cover Photo includes the lead parents of the newly formed Abōd Shelters® Club and Board Members of Abōd Shelters® Foundation.

Ginny Shiverdecker, Executive Director

Ginny Shiverdecker, Executive Director

Ah, the great rituals of spring break to slow the pace of life for a few days. While many teens and families are enjoying spring break season with getaway holidays, it is inspiring to witness a group of progressive parents who are layering another dimension to spring break conversations. It is a thought process that attempts to discuss, engage and teach teens about the rewarding balance between devoting time and treasures to the personal enjoyment like spring break rituals and that of giving back to needy causes. This spring break while these families are relaxing and having fun they are also parlaying this into planning an adventure of a different sort.

There is a trend towards creating Charitable Clubs in some high schools. This is the case in one area on Florida’s eastern coast where there is a movement toward teaching teens how to be good citizens of the world.  To parents of these teens, spring break is a great time to talk about what clubs they may want to create or join because this is the time when these clubs get organized. They pick a cause and kick off membership drives.

After spending time with a special group of parents who participated in the first Florida Fundraiser for Abōd Shelters® last December, I have come to understand their vision and therefore what values they wish to instill in their teens. I am humbled and gratified to realize their passion for Abōd Shelters® Foundation as a cause they feel takes the Charitable Club idea to a higher level of impact. One of the tenets of our Foundation which resonates with parents that attended our Florida event is the benefits of Active Philanthropy.  That is, we advocate not simply donating money but getting involved first hand in where that money goes.

Like our Abōd Community, parents of these teens place high value on learning the right balance of life between living well and giving well. This is what resonates:

  1. Philosophy: “To whom much is given, much is expected in return.” Explore passion points to get emotionally charged up.
  2. Perspective: Be engaged in understanding the issues between the highly-developed world and the massive developing world. The contrasts are stunning. Leadership is required to navigate us well into the future.
  3. Participation: Be part of the solution by actively being involved in executing programs as this promises a great adventure. The resulting relationships and rewards can last a lifetime. As you balance work with play enjoy and respect the people, the culture and the environment as they are wondrous gifts.

The concept is for parents to help students learn leadership skills and the benefits of collaboration to reach an end goal: to develop a short-term fundraising program to raise funds for the cause. Teens complete the program with a check going to the cause. It’s a win-win for all.

Supportive parents of the newly formed Abōd Shelters® Club.

Supportive mothers of the newly formed Abōd Shelters® Club with Ginny Shiverdecker (far right), Abōd Shelters® Foundation Executive Director.

The current plan calls for three Jupiter High School Clubs to participate in a year-long effort.  Each club will have Student and Teacher Champions.

Each Club’s goal is to raise funds over an 8-month period to build an Abōd. Each high school will fund one for a total of three Abōd Shelters®. The students and their parents will then join the Big Abōd Adventure and go on a mission trip to build the Abod’s in Africa at one of the six potential locations where Abōd villages are in different stages of development: Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia or one of 3 locations in South Africa: Limpopo, Johannesburg or the Eastern Cape.

This is a very exciting new initiative for Abōd Shelters® Foundation. Thank you to these parents for their vision and belief in the difference we can make together. We will be sure to share more information on this as the program progresses this coming year.

  1. Generate interest and participation by fellow students to join the Club.
  2. Club member’s meet regularly to develop a fundraising program that they will execute to raise funds to build each Abōd.
  3. Will host a celebratory event to hand over the donation to Abōd Shelters® Foundation leaders.
  4. Teens and parents take the Abōd Shelters® Adventure Mission Trip in January 2018 with the Abōd Shelters® Foundation Team to build the three Abod’s and partake in the local culture, enjoy a safari and travel the country side to experience it first-hand.

So, dear parents, as you head off to Spring Break – consider the nature of your conversations with your teens. Perhaps your teen will lead us into in a new way to work and live together where everyone benefits more harmoniously?

A few of our volunteers from the most recent mission build trip in Tanzania where 10 Abōd Shelters® were built.

Many homes and a birthing center were built in Tanzania by these amazing volunteers. Thanks to Ty Pennington for the great selfie of the group and to Teresa Choi for sharing the photo!

In heartfelt service,

Ginny Shiverdecker
Executive Director

There are many options for private individuals, companies, schools, churches and other organizations to partner with us and make a real difference. Check out how to Partner With Us or simply connect to Ginny Shiverdecker at ginny@abodshelters.comYou may also donate to build an Abōd.

Parents Elevate Teen Giving at Jupiter High Schools for Abod Shelters Foundation