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Isles YouthBuild Institute
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In the face of the current challenging economic climate, IYI, like the vast majority of nonprofits, has faced shrinking resources despite the dramatically increasing need of those it serves. Staff at IYI continue to work to sustain existing funding while seeking new and innovative resources for the future. Funding through the Give for Youth would enable us to complete these microprojects and is important because: • Funds will be used to support at-risk youth, whom the educational system has failed, leaving them with little hope to achieve their dreams and stop the cycle of poverty in their lives. • Funds will allow IYI to continue its job development training, which will assist students in the job market. • Funds will allow IYI to provide an important service to the Trenton community: shaping young lives and developing positives attitudes in our youth; encouraging them to become active members of their community; and teaching them the value of giving back to their community.

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World Fit Walk
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The success and growth of World Fit is predicated on the number of World Fit Coordinators. These are paid staff that do most of the work inside the school, particularly during the school's first year of the World Fit Walk. Funding for this project would help support more Coordinators to teach the high school students.

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The Good News
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The give for youth platform would be powerful for us in two ways: 1. The funding would allow us to begin the GOOD NEWS project with gusto. 2. The exposure to other youth through the platform could simultaneously help us scale up the project nationally by others starting their own local GOOD NEWS and joining The GOOD NEWS movement. Funding breakdown: 1. Allow us buy the equipment necessary to carry out this project with many different groups of youth in various local segregated poorer communities. 2. Develop a multimedia curriculum to foster visual literacy and technological access to video production. 3. Foster local partnerships to enhance the depth and breadth of both the program and its impact. 4. Teach and grow entrepreneurial reach of the project by teaching young people how to sell media content of the GOOD NEWS. 5. Produce and implement a multimedia launch for the community to cultivate greater community participation. 6. Develop a Youth Interactive GOOD NEWS website

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Mikwano Microfinance
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There are several types of projects that could be enacted with funding through Give For Youth. For example, Mikwano Microfinance would be able to both create business development classes for youth and also distribute loans with this funding. An example case for this program would be the youth welding apprentices in the village of Bethlehem. By first receiving classes in business management, accounting, and strategic marketing, they would then use a loan to establish a welding and metal-working business outside the city of Kampala. With this location near the capital of Uganda, the youth will be able to take advantage of the high demand for welding and metal-working that is present in this growing metropolis. With a loan term of 1 year, we expect the youth to be able to pay back the loan, and also to have laid the foundations for a thriving business they can call their own.

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American India Foundation's Market Aligned Skills Training Program
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With additional funding for the Market Aligned Skills Training project, we would be able to enrich the training curriculum with additional events such as networking opportunities and job fairs for graduates of the job training program. Working with partners, additional funding can also help improve measurement of job placement and retention of jobs 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after training. This will help ensure the long-term success and sustainability of our project.

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We are presenting these projects in Honolulu next week. When we return we would like to have funding to be able to complete our camp and install and test our tidal wave energy generator.

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Putting technology to the (GED) test: computer lab for homeless youth
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YouthCare's GED program receives no government funding, and we rely 100% on private donations to provide this critical educational opportunity to our community’s homeless youth. The Give for Youth platform is an opportunity to connect with new community members who care about youth homelessness. Through this platform, we can raise funds for a much-needed computer lab, while also raising awareness about the challenges homeless youth face as they try to move forward. Our hope is that donors will be inspired to support this project, but also to learn more about youth homelessness. Donors may also choose to get involved as volunteers, at YouthCare or at similar organizations in their own communities.

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Colours School of the Arts
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Gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would allow Colours School of the Arts to offer low cost services to all segments of the population targeting under-served youths and families. The organization would be able to serve as a community resource for cultural awareness, education and recreation.

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East Baltimore Youth Fall in Love with Reading
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Elev8 Baltimore partners with four preK-8 schools in East Baltimore to ensure student success. Closing the literacy gap for students in grades 5-8 is vital to addressing decades of low academic performance and poor graduation rates in East Baltimore. The Give for Youth platform will enable us to spotlight an issue that has been at the forefront of our community for many years. Support from the Give for Youth community will raise awareness of an effective strategy to close the literacy gap to a broader community, and raise much needed funds to help students build a home library and sponsor summer home library programs at the additional three schools partnered with Elev8 Baltimore. We will present positive images youth and schools in East Baltimore . In addition to summer learning, we believe the Give for Youth community will be interested in supporting our efforts in the areas of health and family support which contribute to overall student well-being and school success.

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Gaining funding through Give for Youth would allow the Family Giving Tree to increase the number of students served through its Back to School drive in two ways: first, the monies would allow the Family Giving Tree to further market the Back to School drive to companies and donors who donate the supply-filled backpacks; thus increasing our donor base. To have the funds to focus a major social media campaign on the drive, extend staff member hours in order to reach out to potential donors, and to print additional collateral materials would be extremely instrumental in serving thousands more students in need. Secondly, the funds would go towards purchasing additional backpacks and supplies for the drive. The goal of the Back to School Drive is to make sure every student's backpack is filled with the supplies he or she needs to be prepared: items such as calculators, college-ruled binder paper, and protractors are always in high demand and are many times in low-supply.

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Baltimore Young Writers' Studio (aka sleepaway writing camp!)
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In 2012, we funded the Writers' Studio by raising $5,300 through a Kickstarter campaign, after all local foundation funding requests were rejected. We were determined to see through the vision that we'd grown out of our previous 2-day writing studios. With foundation funding again scarce in Baltimore, we face a difficulty in doubling the length and capacity of our Studio. Funded gained through the Give For Youth platform would allow us to both expand the number of youth we can serve and enhance the Studio programming for these youth.

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Pages of Empowerment
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Funding would be used as start up cash for reading buddy groups, to purchase books and materials that will help support local literacy. Additionally, the funds will be used to match dollars earned through the read-a-thon, effectively doubling the impact of the reading buddy groups.

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Breaking Par
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Our Breaking Par program will provide over 120 hours of programming opportunities in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Young people will have the chance to experience many wonderful moments filled with learning necessary, every day skills, laughter, and most of all, having fun. The annual fee for our program is $495 per youth. We don’t want to turn any young people away because of an inability to pay. If we were to gain funding through the Give For Youth platform, young people, who may not have been able to participate without the support of a scholarship, would be given the opportunity to play and learn through the game of golf.

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Funding through the Give for Youth Platform would give the Big MaMa Earth Learning Academy (BMMELA) a continuous platform to engage and inspire youth collectively to “be the Change” that they deserve and desire. Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and they will hold in their hands the destiny of our Planet. The Big MaMa Earth Learning Academy is their vehicle to the future, a central repository of ever expanding global content. A unique collaboration of resources assembled to enlighten everyone about the issues and challenges of environmental conservation for our planet! BMMELA embodies an atmosphere of discovery and fun to attract and retain the attention of our youth and the participation of our educators, scientists, communities, and government agencies. BMMELA was designed to act as a catalyst for continual expansion of productive public involvement regarding the integrity of Earth’s environment. All are asked to participate, and contribute, in their own way.

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 Ward Fund Jewels for G.E.M.S. Teen Girl Project
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The Ward Fund of Liberia is a registered NGO in Liberia that promotes several educational programs to help transform the lives of young Liberians. Gaining funding through the Give For Youth Platform would enable us to purchase materials and pay for the training of the girls. It would also enable us to advertise/publicize the jewelry shows. Ultimately, we will be able to expand the Jewelry for G.E.M.S Teen Girl Project by increasing the number of girls in the project. Funds will also be used to help transport the girls to and from the training site.

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Arab American Teens Funding Education & Health in Detroit
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TGI, unlike many other youth philanthropy groups, does not currently have an endowment for their grantmaking program. This means the group does not have a pool of money gaining interest annually, which they can grant out to deserving nonprofit projects. Despite this, the youth have become proactive fundraisers, venturing into their neighborhoods and securing funds from local businesses and community members. Funding through the Give for Youth platform would comprise a large portion of TGI’s 2013 grantmaking goal and program costs, the rest of which will be secured through various fundraising initiatives - devised by the youth themselves.

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Global Potential: Empowering Youth. Inspiring Change.
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Funding from the Give for Youth platform would help our students achieve the three projects described above, as well as the 13 others they are currently working on, while inspiring hundreds more youth each year to create their own projects. Global Potential sends US inner-city students abroad and exposes them to new ideas and experiences, and then coaches and supports them as they turn their new skills into ideas for change. Funding would help us to reach more students and empower more changemakers. In the Bronx, funding would allow our youth to produce and screen a public service announcement about the air pollution problem and organize forums to mobilize action to address it. In Nicaragua, funding would help promote an exchange of cultures and values between our youth and local youth.

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Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors: Bioblitz 2013 Travel Support
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Funding will allow Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors from the 2010-2012 BioBlitz’s, their university student mentor, their teachers, and parent/chaperones to travel to the 2013 BioBlitz and most effectively ‘carry the torch’ of this environmental youth network to the new 2013 Biodiversity New Orleans Youth Ambassador. Provision of travel expenses will allow Youth Ambassadors to participate in this event and to implement ongoing program development initiatives, as supported by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the mentorship of the Foundation’s university student intern. Participation in BioBlitzs can be life-changing for students. A BioBlitz is not only an important learning experience that generates significant scientific information about the biodiversity of a special protected place, but it also allows interaction with thousands of local students who will be inspired and enriched by the involvement of student ambassadors at the event.

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Young African Coders To Conquer The Last Digital Frontier
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Give For Youth is the perfect organization that should fund this project fore several reasons. First, because 95% of our target market is young people between the age of 17 and 25, which marries very well with Give For Youth's criteria. Second, we understood very early in our objectives that in order to spark economic development in Africa we must focus on human capital development of the youth. Young Africans represent the future of the continent therefore giving them the tools to solve problems locally as well as being able to compete globally is critical in this whole equation. Finally, Give For Youth has an interesting partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark which has actually influenced our interest to submit our project. Microsoft is one of the premier software companies in the World that we have ultimate respect for. And since our effort is geared towards creating an army of young software developers our participation to this competition just make sense.

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Ashoka's Youth Venture
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Gaining $10,000 for the Start Empathy campaign will allow YV to support 10 more teams of young people to launch ventures that address bullying, maintain a continued effort to expand the campaign and reach more of the 13 million American children bullied each year. Raising $10,000 for our community program will enable YV to continue to support our youth expand their impact and grow as changemakers. These funds would allow YV to continue to support and empower 100 more young changemakers nationally and internationally in their journeys to create and lead their own solutions to the issues effecting their lives. By fundraising $10,000 for the YV Global Summits, YV will be able to bring 300 young changemakers together from across the globe! Funding will enable YV to expand the Summits into Asia and South America and allow us an even greater ability to support and inspire young changemakers across the world.

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Submission Began
Monday, January 07

Submission Ended
Friday, February 01
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Voting Began
Monday, February 18

Voting Ended
Friday, March 01
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"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying
"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying

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