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Workshops  in Music Recording & Video Production for the Neediest Youth of Los Angeles
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Funding through the Give For Youth platform would allow us to implement these five Music Production and Video Production workshops by providing stipends for reputable professionals in audio recording and video production so they can lead the programs. This money would also allow us to purchase musical instruments like guitars and keyboards, plus video cameras and additional equipment to enhance the quality of the workshops. Funds will also be used to supplement the programs with group outings to artistic and cultural events that are of high-quality and relevance to the discipline of each workshop (e.g., tickets to concerts or film screenings). There are additional costs for copies of screenplays, telephone and Internet, snacks and drinks for all the kids, and more overhead costs. We also need to improve the sound quality in the recording booth, which involves buying expensive materials for acoustic insulation.

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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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Ashoka's Youth Venture
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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Dream Leaders, WE are the Change
Dream Leaders, WE are the Change
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Give for Youth funding would make it possible for at-risk youth in the U.S. to participate in this program and pay forward by raising funds and building a social enterprise. Participating schools would obtain a sustainable social enterprise and each year would be building schools, providing clean drinking water, liberating victims of child exploitation, and empowering local children with disabilities - all through the efforts of their at-risk students. Your funding would not be a one time event, it would be a gift that keeps on giving and micro projects that keep on providing real change year after year. You would be changing the lives of at r-risk youth and they would be changing the world. And it would never end.

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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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Surfrider Foundation Quad: Youth Service Program
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This type of community-based, experiential learning is a key component of the rising interest in “community schools” as a strategy to achieve better student outcomes despite the ever-present public school challenges of sky-high deficits and fiscal austerity. Community schools tap into the capacity and expertise present in more facets of a community – universities, agencies and non-profit organizations – to share educational responsibilities and provide a range of services to youth and families. In this model, support for Surfrider Foundation’s QUAD youth engagement campaigns would provide extracurricular opportunities as part of a holistic strategy for youth development. Funding would allow more of our student clubs across the country to think about accomplishing larger projects than just a beach clean up or a petition drive, making longstanding visual changes in their communities. These projects are then shared on our website to inspire other youth with ideas for more projects.

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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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Create new technology learning rooms inside our six learning centers
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Adding new technology to our centers is costly. We have six centers in Tennessee and serve over 150 students so gaining good funding will help us provide the expensive new technology hardware and software tools that our low-income students don't have access to.

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The HERO Institute will supplement school-year instruction in STEM for 400 low-income students. Participating students will learn about the wide variety of careers in STEM, gain an understanding of prerequisites needed to do to prepare for postsecondary STEM programs and most importantly, provide fun, hands-on experiences that create excitement about STEM education and careers. Some activities may include DNA sequencing, nutrition, kinetic engineering projects, scientific ethics, ecology, robotics, gaming software design, social media and computer programming.

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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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Help Youth Like Tony Become Independent
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While hippotherapy and therapeutic riding are extremely effective, that effectiveness comes at a great cost. A one-hour session costs $60 - $200, fees not covered by most insurance companies. In some instances, Medicaid will cover hippotherapy, but not the more advanced therapeutic riding. Hardly any policies cover the barn fees charged to house, feed and care for the specially trained therapy horses ($100 / month). To someone in Tony’s situation, where there is a single reduced income and a pile of medical bills from his mother’s long-term illness, paying for these services out-of-pocket is inconceivable. Finding governmental subsidies are complicated and time-consuming for a struggling family. Where does this leave an ambitious young man who needs this therapy to become a productive member of society? That’s where Jacob’s Fund and Give For Youth step in. Together, we can raise the funds to continue therapy for Tony and others, making a lasting difference in these young people’s lives

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My Right to Write: Yesterday I Found My Voice e-book
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youthSpark Voices is founded upon the affirmation, “Yesterday I Found My Voice, Today I’m Here to Shout About It”. Microproject funding will enable the girls to launch a social enterprise publishing project and to lift their voices. From our background in the child sex trafficking arena, we understand the vulnerability of those in our communities that lack funds and resources for the basic needs of life – food, shelter, and clothing. That is what traffickers pray upon. Our goal is to impart valuable tools and resources that will put the girls on the path to self- sufficiency and to realize their full potential. With the funding, youthSpark Voices would solidify an entrepreneurial collaboration to deliver classes and tools on business planning, financial management and the publishing process. While self-expression is a powerful element of crafting a book, marketing and sales are the essential factors that determine a successful book campaign and broaden the scope of impact and revenue.

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The Future Project!
The Future Project!
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The Future Project is revolutionizing education at the cost of almost nothing. We invest in people and we believe in people as the most transformative forces to be invested in. This money would go directly into funding the innovative and revolutionizing training activities for our Future Fellows, Future Coaches, and Dream Directors to strategically unleash themselves to be the best versions of themselves and the most transformative leaders this world has ever seen. With this intensive training, they will be able to more effectively experiment how to fuse their passions and dreams into action through building Future Projects that transform our societal and personal challenges and fears into great opportunities to change the world.

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UniCorps - Gaining through Giving
UniCorps - Gaining through Giving
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The population that UCLA UniCamp works with faces some of the most severe challenges to healthy growth and successful graduation from the school system. They are engulfed in poverty, and cannot afford to pay for a camp experience. Securing funding for camperships for these extremely low-income campers must be our first priority. For every youth who profits from the UniCorps experience, we must raise approximately $500. With more than 100 youths in the UniCorps program, we will need to raise at least $50,000 for these campers alone ($600,000 for all campers!). Therefore, every dollar the Give for Youth platform can provide is necessary, and will be well spent on helping these great kids learn the joy of helping others.

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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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Pages of Empowerment
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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Professional Mentorship Program for LGBT Students
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In the start-up phase of the mentorship program, we will need to dedicate staff time to create materials necessary to recruit and screen mentors. In order for the program to be successful, we believe each mentor ring (7-10 participants) should begin with face-to-face training and team building. With the majority of our scholars living within a 300-mile radius, we would like to offer our scholars transportation stipends to attend the initial mentor meeting. For those that are able to meet face-to-face on a monthly basis, we will provide refreshments and cover any costs associated with the activities involved. We will encourage mentors and mentees to attend networking and professional development events. Additional funds would be used to cover staff time for the ongoing oversight of the program. Funds would also be needed to create, design, and print new donor materials explaining the added benefit of supporting the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

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Focal Point Global Youth Educational Projects--HIV/AIDS & Child Trafficking Awareness
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Focal Point Global welcomes and appreciates funding for the support for our educational initiatives in the countries we work. Funding allows us to pay for work sites for the students and facilitators, T-shirts, transportation for students and facilitators to volunteers sites and youth centers, internet access and computers for the youth in remote and underserved areas, and other project materials for 50 youths participating in Focal Point Global US-Southern Africa HIV Education Initiative and Child Trafficking Awareness Project.

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Inspire Your City
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As a grassroots, volunteer-driven not-for-profit, Oakland Digital is seeking funding to support program expansion. Funding obtained through The Give will provide additional exposure for the students' Inspire designs (e.g. bus shelters) and provide increased student program (monetary) awards.

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Urban Alliance has strong ties to the philanthropic and corporate sectors in each of its three regions; however, due to the recent opening of operations in Baltimore and Chicago, funding has only been identified for the organization’s core programs. In DC, Urban Alliance’s scholarships are supported by one partner because its mission aligns with funding post-secondary scholarships for youth from underserved communities. No partner has yet been established in either Baltimore or Chicago to fund scholarships, an aspect of the program that rewards positive growth in Urban Alliance Interns throughout the program year, and provides the much needed funding to ensure they are able to capitalize on their college acceptances. As post-secondary education continues to be a requirement and not a luxury for an increasing number of entry-level positions in the US and global economy, funding from the Give for Youth platform improves Interns’ likelihood of attaining employability and self-sufficiency.

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"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying
"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying

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