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Common Cents: Empowering Kids to Make Change

As an environmental education organization, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) strives to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. By providing science-based education programming with Ambassador wolves, not only are we helping to dispel the harmful untruths about wolves, we’re also improving our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild. It’s a marriage really, of education and conservation.

Through wolves, however, we aim not only to improve our recovery goals, we also strive to teach the broader message of conservation and one’s personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. We extend education programming always with the effort to link the wolf to global issues and empower our participants with the understanding of their ability to force change. Perhaps this is why it’s is so exciting to see the how the Common Cent’s Penny Harvest program is granting youngsters with the ability to change the world by introducing them to the power of philanthropy and service.

The great middle school students of PS 144Q from Forest Hills, NY participated in a democratic process to choose a charity to support and the WCC was blessed to among the chosen! So it is our pleasure to send LOUD howls of gratitude to these pint-sized philanthropists. With kids like these, the future is looking bright.

To learn more about Common Cents and their exciting service-learning programs for young people, please visit their website at