We learn to lead, and to run a philanthropy.Coaching from leadership experts, peer review and teen-led retreats form the backbone of this part of our program. We dig into round-table discussions about leadership issues; explore varying leadership theories, strategies and styles; and hear vibrant and interactive presentations about topics facing teens who want to lead. All this allows teens to become more motivated and more self-aware, and to choose more wisely how to become engaged in our community. Philanthropy — understanding it and fostering it — is at the core of this leadership learning. What does it take to run a sustainable philanthropical nonprofit that both addresses ongoing community needs and captures the imagination of donors? Teens learn what it takes to run a nonprofit organization — by making actual decisions in running this one. PFO is developing our next generation of philanthropists, and they’ll be equipped to lead effectively and compassionately.
The leadership training program has taught me how to be self-aware in all aspects of my life. Through this self-awareness, I’ve seen how what I say and do affects others, and how to make a positive impact on the people in my life through my leadership. Molly Grubbs, PFO teen
PFO teaches me what leadership truly means: being vulnerable and honest yet accountable and mature simultaneously. Emily Barker, PFO teen