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DPYC: Empowering kids to give

By Karen Dybis from Crain’s Content Studio
Photography by Armon Babridge

Generation Z is defined by its members’ independence, resiliency, and technological adaptiveness. What the world might not know about this generation — born between 1996 and 2014 — is its openness, generosity, and curiosity about philanthropy.

Another key characteristic of Gen Z is they want their voices heard, whether it is through action-orientated social movements or donating their time to solve cultural issues. Tapping into that resolve to create change, three Metro Detroit foundations have partnered with area high schools to develop a new way for this generation to approach philanthropy, both in terms of personal involvement and career potential.

The Detroit Philanthropic Youth Council (DPYC) launched in September 2022 as a collaboration between The Children’s Foundation, Catholic Foundation of Michigan and the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation. Their goal is to teach high school students about philanthropy and to create real, substantial community impact.

Hear from the kids on DPYC and how they are discovering tools to create change.

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