TGI members participate in Youth Driven Spaces

Guest post by Yasmine S., 2017-2018 Teen Grantmaking Initiative member On January 21st 2018, Afnan, Alex, Lauren, and myself, all members of CAAP’s Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI), had the opportunity to present at the Neutral Zone’s Inaugural Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) Conference. The conference attendees included youth from groups all over Michigan that have been working…

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Not Just Cute Faces: Youth Grantmakers are Strengthening Philanthropy

Check out this awesome CAAP mention in the Huffington Post! “Youth often roll up their own sleeves to assess needs in their communities before defining their grantmaking focus. For example, the Teen Grantmaking Initiative at the Center for Arab-American Philanthropy surveys students at the schools that they themselves attend to understand what needs they perceive…

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2016 Youth Conference

TGI members find their voices

Over the weekend of June 24-26, members of our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) had the incredible opportunity to attend the Michigan Council of Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy (MCFYP) 2016 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference at Central Michigan University. The conference saw the gathering of hundreds of youth philanthropists from the Midwest to share their experiences and…

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TGI Summit

TGI Attends 2015 Arab American Summit

From November 7-8th, the youth in our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) attended the Arab American Summit hosted by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC). The Arab American Summit is a two-day convening of leaders, advocates, students and allies from across the country as they honor the work that has been done to build…

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TGI Spotlight: Ahmad and his passion for youth philanthropy

Recently, Ahmad Haidar-Ahmad—Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) alumni member—saw 6 months of his hard work and determination come to a close; Ahmad was selected for the Mawby Internship with the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP), a project of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). His duties included planning and development of the annual Youth Grantmakers…

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Arab American Mentoring Program

Groundbreaking Arab American mentoring program seeks participants

COOK COUNTY – The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) and Arab American Family Services (AAFS), in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, seek mentors and mentees to participate in their Arab American Mentoring program this October. The program officially kicked off in October 2014, in the Bridgeview neighborhood of Chicago, supporting 11…

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TGI 2015

The Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) Celebrates a Successful Year

On June 3, the Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI), a project of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) held its inaugural Year End Celebration to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. TGI is a youth philanthropy group dedicated to bettering their community through grantmaking. Formed in the fall of 2011 in Dearborn, MI, TGI has seen…

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Center for Arab American Philanthropy Pattern

The Chicago experience: An eye-opening glimpse into global youth philanthropy

This past summer, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) sent Ahmad Haidar-Ahmad, a former TGI (Teen Grantmaking Initiative) member to Chicago to attend a youth community philanthropy global summit organized by the Council on Foundations and the Council of Michigan Foundations, with support from the C. S. Mott Foundation.The summit brought together youth philanthropy…

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