Habits of the Heart® is a program designed to involve young people actively and thoughtfully in philanthropy and voluntary action.
Developed by Indiana Humanities through generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Habits of the Heart aims at transmitting the American philanthropic tradition to the next generation. Habits of the Heart asks and seeks to answer the question: How can we create a philanthropic ethic — an ethic of serving, giving, and caring — in our children?
Habits of the Heart is an active and stimulating program for youth. Using an experience/reflection model of learning, Habits of the Heart seeks to involve young people in structured activities of serving, giving, and caring so they can learn about philanthropy by doing it. The program drives home experience-based learning by involving young people in active reflection, thereby integrating experience and learning. In short, Habits of the Heart aims to teach young people about philanthropy by helping them to develop positive habits that support serving and giving.