C4C Community Membership  

Opening doors to broaden youth education, action, and advocacy. 

C4C PROGRAM DETAILS

EDUCATION

With education at the root of our organization, our interactive multi-age program introduces C4C youth to different perspectives and challenges them to process deeply.  Students are inspired to think not only about what exists in our world now, but also about what could be. Emboldened and empowered with this knowledge, action and advocacy naturally follow.

In 2020-2021, our student-selected curricular focus area is Equity and Social Justice. Many families are committed to anti-racism but are seeking guidance to identify points of entry and action.  Children for Change will embolden the conversation in an age-appropriate and approachable manner.


WEEKLY LIVE MEETINGS

C4C youth members will be excited to attend our engaging, interactive weekly live Zoom meetings. Designed for students in 3rd-8th grades, C4C Meetings are taught by experienced educators who artfully scaffold our curricular focus which for the 2020-2021 school year is Equity and Social Justice.  Meetings crossover school, age, and geographic boundaries leading the way for discussion and collaboration amongst students.

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Live Zoom Meetings will meet at the following time*:

Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45 PT 

*These times are subject to change.

Small Group age-specific Zoom breakout session times*:

Mondays from 3:30-4:15 PT for 3rd-5th graders

Thursdays from 11:40-12:20 PT and 4:00-4:45 PT for 6th-8th graders

*These times are subject to change.

ONLINE COURSE MATERIALS, RESOURCES & EXTENSION IDEAS
Weekly meetings are intended to spark curiosity and passion.  C4C provides supplemental materials for independent exploration. As students gain ownership of the C4C focus area they move towards being leaders and advocates, educating and inspiring others. We’ll also make recommendations on books, films, activities and more.   


SPEAKER SERIES
We bring the world to our students through conversations with guest speakers from around the world.  C4C students have access to workshops with experts in a wide range of fields connected to advocacy, youth activism, and civic engagement.


ENGAGE WITH FILM

C4C’s partnership with the California Film Institute allows us to bring conversation-worthy films to our member families.  Additionally, CFI’s Environmental Youth Forum opens opportunities for panel discussions and participation in director/filmmaker discussions. C4C Students’ understanding of a film’s topic deepens profoundly when they are able to interact with its makers. 

 

Thank you so much for starting Children for Change. I just don't know what I would do without it in my life."

- 5th Grade C4C Student

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ACTION

Empowered with a foundation of knowledge and confidence, our youth take informed action through volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy. This multifaceted activism cultivates a very unique sense of civic empowerment and gives them experience collaborating for a common cause.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY /
SERVICE FIELD TRIPS*

Children for Change has worked hard to cultivate, curate, and contextualize family-friendly volunteer activities with more than 20 diverse non-profits doing good work in the local community.  C4C Community Membership gives families access to a monthly calendar of curated volunteer opportunities and service events from which to choose.  Prior to volunteering, C4C shares guided experience expectations and reflection ideas that scaffold the experience in a way that deepens the learning for volunteers.

AGENCY IN PHILANTHROPY
Through the C4C Summit experience, students determine C4C’s annual charitable giving.  Collectively, students create criteria by which to allocate funds (collected through passion projects, bake sales, etc).  Further, students advocate for organizations they support and lastly, they vote on fund allocation.  This experience has proven time and again to be significantly meaningful for young people. They feel the direct impact of their civic participation in a democratic process designed to make the world a better place. 

C4C has been significantly impactful on our two daughters. They are finding joy in helping others and recognizing that they have lots to offer others in need and that they have the power and the voice to be agents for positive change."

Paula, C4C Parent

ADVOCACY

As advocates for change, C4C youth are encouraged to champion, broadcast, and support issues they believe in, from helping those in a homeless situation to fighting for a more sustainable environment for future generations. The voice of our youth is strong, knowledgeable and determined - it’s time for us to listen.

 

YOUTH ADVOCACY TRAINING
C4C offers a workshop series on Youth Advocacy (2020-2021 dates TBD).  Run by C4C educators and local leaders, the workshop allows youth advocates to develop their voice and build compelling arguments for a cause.  Workshop participants engage in  experiential learning through actual advocacy work and receive invaluable feedback from local elected officials.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES*
C4C seeks opportunities for our students to lend their voice in public forums.  Students participate, talk with and present to various levels of civic leadership including local school boards, town councils, and the County Board of Supervisors. C4C Students realize the power that lives within their perspective and they learn to use their voice to affect change in their communities.  

 

PERSUASIVE LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGNS
There are so many ways to advocate!  We work with our student members to lend their written voice locally and nationally. They develop key skills needed to launch a written campaign including identifying government systems and processes, structuring a professional memo, and writing persuasively with clarity and purpose. 

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
As a student-led organization,  elevating youth voice is at the forefront of our mission and vision.  We actively seek opportunities to let our students lead - through small group action projects, as guest speakers on Zoom meetings, by leading their own school C4C group, and everything in between! If a student shows interest in a topic or action, we provide a support system to scaffold their passion-driven work. 

* COVID permitting.  Currently available to families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Children for Change is an extraordinary service-learning organization, filling a need: energizing a movement of young students and families toward civic engagement; and in partnership with so many of Marin's nonprofits and social service organizations."

Stephanie Hellman, Fairfax, CA Town Council

EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE FOCUS AREA

We are facing unprecedented times in this country, and we all hear the call to action for equity and social justice. Many families are committed to anti-racism but are seeking guidance to identify points of entry and action. In particular, families struggle to find ways to educate and engage their children in the collective movement towards a more equitable and just world for all people. The students of Children for Change voted unanimously last spring to choose Equity and Social Justice as this year’s topic.

Through deep community engagement, carefully scaffolded exploration of various media, engaging activities designed to challenge assumptions, and direct interaction with expert speakers, students will examine justice and inclusion with a bias towards action. We will learn collectively as we actively seek out diverse perseptives and engage in anti-racism, paying close attention to which viewpoints are privileged, sidelined, or omitted. Rooted in justice-seeking advocacy work since its formation, C4C is ready for this challenge and eager to learn from and with young voices as we work together to make a positive impact on our world.

Pricing Details

Session 1: September 15 - January 29           Session 2: February 1 - June 11

* Participation in Session 1 qualifies you for a discount on Session 2

Sustaining Family

$450 per Session
  • This membership covers the cost of running C4C. Sustaining families also support funding students who otherwise might not be able to participate.                                        


Participating Family

$350 per Session
  • This membership covers a family’s participation in our program but does not cover any organizational costs.




Contributing Family

$250 per Session
  • This membership covers a portion of the cost of the Children for Change program. The remaining cost is subsidized by our scholarship program.                                                

National
Family

$250 per Session
  • This is a pilot membership for families outside of Marin County, California and covers all accessible programming. Note that some local programming is not currently available for these families.        

Children For Change is committed to equity and inclusion.  If our tiered pricing does not work for you, please CLICK HERE for a no-cost membership. 

REFUND POLICY
C4C Community Members may cancel their membership within 30 days of joining and will receive a full refund less $25 service fee. Memberships may not be canceled after 30 days of joining. Cancellation requests must be made in writing by e-mail (membership@children4change.org).

 

RETURNING MEMBER DISCOUNT
We’re excited to share that participation in Session 1 qualifies you for a discounted second session. You will receive a promo code for renewal. Session 2 rates for returning member families will be as follows:

2020-2021 Session 2 Discounted Rates for Returning Families 

Sustaining Family: $350
Participating Family: $300
Contributing Family: $225
National Family: $225

WEEKLY ZOOM MEETINGS

C4C members will have access to our weekly live Zoom meetings. Designed for students in 3rd-8th grades, C4C Meetings are taught by experienced educators. Meetings crossover school, age, and geographic boundaries leading the way for discussion and collaboration amongst students.


Session 1 Live Group Zoom Meetings will meet at the following time*:

Tuesday from 4:00-4:45 PT

 

C4C will hold smaller age-specific breakout sessions at the following times*:

3rd-5th graders - Mondays from 3:30-4:15 PT 

6th-8th graders - Thursdays from 12:20-1:05 PT AND 4:00-4:45 PT (choose one)

* These times are subject to change as we adapt to Covid School Schedules and Membership Time Zones.