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Becoming a sponsor is easy, tax-deductible, safe (using PayPal)! Your logo, links to your website, and a brief description of your organization will be prominently featured in multiple locations on the PLATO website.
“The way that we are taught to learn in high school and even college is to memorize or compute things a single way for a test that will prove your ability to ‘think critically.’ Until I took a philosophy class I never quite understood what it really meant to think critically.”
-Danny Asztalos, High School Student
Become a PLATO Sponsor
Corporate and foundation sponsorships enhance philosophy programs around the country and help build PLATO’s national network of philosophy educators:
- $10,000 – funds a summer philosophy seminar for 15 high school teachers
- $5,000 – supports a summer philosophy camp for young students
- $3,000 – pays for a community philosophy program for seniors
- $1,000 – helps funds awards for teaching excellence and a national student philosophy essay contest
Please enter any amount of $1,000.00 or more in the space below and then click the blue button to go to PayPal.
PLATO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all sponsorship donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. PLATO’s tax id number is 46-1064993.
Thanks to the contributions of our sponsors, PLATO continues to deepen its impact and expand its scope by funding innovative programs. In 2018, PLATO provided funding for:
- The SoCal Philosophy Academy is an annual philosophy summer day camp for Ventura and Los Angeles County high school students, with an emphasis on minority students and those historically underrepresented in higher education, on the California Lutheran University campus. The academy introduces students to philosophical analysis, argumentation, and problems in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, and teaches them how to construct/reconstruct and evaluate philosophical arguments.
- The High School Ethics Bowl Boot Camp (Chicago) educates high school ethics bowl coaches and team members about ways to develop successful strategies for competing in the High School Ethics Bowl. Coaches and students will explore ethical theory and moral reasoning in the context of case study presentations, and learn to defend positions on contemporary ethical issues and critically evaluate moral arguments.
- Ball State Philosophy High School Outreach Program and Pre-College Philosophy Conference provides Indiana high school students – who have little exposure to philosophy – the opportunity to study philosophy with college students and faculty from Ball State University. The project involves an outreach program, a philosophy club at Muncie Central High School, and a precollege philosophy conference at Ball State.
- Young Philosophers of South Jersey: Student Ethics Workshop invites high school students to a free one-day interactive event focused on contemporary ethical issues, where students learn from Rowan University philosophy professors and upper-level students in the Philosophy Honor Society. The event features interactive instruction, group work, oral presentations, and debate, culminating in an Undergraduate Student Ethics Conference.
- Philosophy in the Community – a community philosophy organization in Helena, Montana – offers philosophy-based community activities including nature walks with guest speakers, symposia, forums for children and adults, and “Philosophy Think & Drinks.”
- Good Kids, Mad Cities is a program of weekly philosophy classes with incarcerated youth through the Central Juvenile Hall (Los Angeles). The project emphasizes critical thought and encourages students to critique their political reality and find ways of changing the world. Ongoing reading groups in philosophy will be created for young people who are released.
- Philosophy in the Park, a free introductory series on philosophy at Moccasin Lake Nature Park (Clearwater, FL), offers sessions on topics such as the value of philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and aesthetics. It is open to the community and the use of primary sources.
- Corrupt the Youth Summer Philosophy Institute (University of Texas, Austin) is a four-week long summer philosophy institute for high school students, specifically aimed at students from groups underrepresented in philosophy. Its goal is to bridge the ‘opportunity gap’ between low-income minority students and their wealthier peers. The program, which offers students the opportunity to address the issues they will face in their lives, has been expanded to Los Angeles in collaboration with USC, UCLA, and the LGBTQ Youth Center of Greater LA.
- The Iowa Lyceum, a free five-day philosophy summer camp organized by philosophers devoted to advancing precollege philosophy, gives local high school students a chance to engage in philosophy. The small workshop encourages dialogue and active participation and introduces students to logic, critical reasoning, close textual reading, and argumentation. The model has been expanded to Utah and southern California.
Thanks to the contributions of our sponsors, PLATO continues to deepen its impact and expand its scope by funding innovative programs. In 2017, PLATO provided funding for:
- Philosophy in the Community – Helena, MT. Sponsoring philosophy-based community activities such as symposiums, workshops, and forums
- UCSC Philosophy Outreach – Santa Cruz, CA. Philosophy discussions facilitated by volunteers from UCSC’s Center for Public Philosophy in both public elementary schools and inmates in the Santa Cruz Jail
- Beautiful Minds – Washington DC. An after-school club led by high school students to discuss philosophical questions and think critically about subjects important to them
- Young Philosophers of New York, NY. After-school philosophy workshops for older elementary and middle school students in diverse neighborhoods
- Annual Philosophy Summer Camp – Lexington, KY. Free, week-long philosophy summer camp run for 30 young students (half from underrepresented neighborhoods)
- Linguistic Inquiry with Bilingual Children – New York, NY. Integrating philosophy into the Language Arts curriculum of mainstream elementary dual language classrooms
Sponsorships also make possible PLATO’s ongoing programs, including support for:
- Seminars for teachers interested in bringing philosophy to their students
- The High School Ethics Bowl
- A resource-rich website, including The Philosopher’s Toolkit, which contains a wide variety of lesson plans
- A national network of university-based centers bringing philosophy to young students
- Two journals: Questions, featuring student philosophical writing, art and photographs; and Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice, an academic journal
- Our national biennial conference