A class receives a $5,000 allocation for grantmaking in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment and healthy families. Students identify community needs, decide where to focus, and then implement a grant program. At the end of the term, they present their grant awards. The entire $5,000 allocation goes to the community. Frequently, businesses or individual donors sponsor a classroom by providing the $5,000. In this way, they can support their local communities while also encouraging youth philanthropy and civic engagement.
The classroom teacher acts as the program advisor and empowers the students to make decisions while guiding them through the process. Subject areas and classes that effectively integrate this program include business, English, Spanish, government, leadership, civics/history and marketing. Students may also use the program as the basis for their senior project.
Community 101 students must participate in at least one community service project.