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Creating community through music and art for poor Vietnamese youth
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Additional funding for Tuan’s Music School would allow us to purchase more instruments for our students who currently are sharing violins. Funding would also allow us to provide professional instruction to Tuan, our teacher. Funding for our Dream of Art School project would allow us to continue to purchase art supplies and paper. It would also provide us with the ability to provide local school art teachers with supplies for 300 children. Since the start of our programs a small student community has been built around the art and music programs. Kids are coming together and spending time in an environment outside of their very strict and rigid school lives and often very difficult home situations. Funding for our projects will help us to continue to expand and reach more children.

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Youth Institute Teens Filming GOOD Things
Youth Institute Teens Filming GOOD Things
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The YMCA Youth Institute is a youth development program with specific goals of providing technology skill building for urban low-income youth and connecting those skills to their academic and workforce knowledge and success. To date we have served over 1,000 teens. With these funds, we will be able to continue along this path and help more teens in 2013. We are at a very critical and vulnerable time in the continuation of this program. The GOOD Maker funds will allow us to move forward and continue to grow these teens over the next year. We would be able to would fun studio time, space and equipment for the teens to develop, edit and complete their films.

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Transforming the lives of students from low-income families by preparing them for success in college
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The Micro-Funding platform that Give for Youth offers is ideal for Minds Matter of Denver. This is because the education and support of America’s youth is up to America and this platform gives Americans a chance to do just that. MMD is committed to addressing the same goals of Give for Youth by giving academically high-achieving high school students the support and assistance required to be academically and personally successful. MMD does this by providing a safe place for mentoring and learning, promoting quality time with adult mentors, teaching life skills to students and actively engaging them in community development; all while guiding and preparing these amazing young adults for an otherwise unavailable college education. We hope that with financial assistance from the Give for Youth micro-funding platform, we will succeed in our goal to double the number of students we serve in the next 3 years and help those students’ dreams come true.

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This funding would allow us to continue to provide our Be A Leader Clubs with the capital and resources needed to provide its member with meaningful college access activities. For a majority of our students, the clubs are their only source of motivation and guidance when it comes to navigating the college-going process. Funding would provide the continued implementation of activities such as our College and Professional Shadow Weeks, College Visits, and transportation to monthly college-going workshops. Each of the monthly college-going workshops is provided through our Be A Leader Institute High School (BLIH) program. The BLIH curriculum provides students with the knowledge to access information on the resources available, application process and financial requirements involved with getting a college education. With your support, the norm amongst our students will become one of college preparedness with an expectation to achieve a post-secondary education.

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youTHink Youth in Action Project
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Regardless of the size of the group, we are committed to offering students an intimate experience, with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with staff and peers. Funding will enable us to hire additional facilitators, to maintain our staff to student ratios, and ensure that all students get the attention they deserve. Since we bring students together from many different schools and areas of LA County, providing transportation for students to attend the sessions is key to our success. Most of our programs are held in the evenings and on weekends & the majority of our students come from Title I schools and low income neighborhoods, so accessing timely and safe transportation poses a challenge to their participation. Funding would enable us to reach & transport more students from more schools across Los Angeles. Since we work with students in the evenings and on weekends, funding will also allow us to provide them with critical healthy, nourishing snacks & meals.

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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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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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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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SHINE TEEN SUMMIT
SHINE TEEN SUMMIT
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We are a small non-profit. We offer many of our youth programs free of charge. We are currently offering our in-school program to 7 school groups for 2012-2013 school year. We would like to raise the necessary funds for our Shine Teen Summit without having to charge fees for our in-school program. We want to be able to offer a quality event that will empower and inspire our youth and engage our community to hear and support them.

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STEM education and outreach for the younger generation.
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If we are granted funding, we will use the funds to purchase additional resources and demos that will provide a greater variety of educational topics to learn about.

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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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Empower 2 LGBT Students with College Scholarships
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Traditionally, Live Out Loud funds its scholarships by reaching out to corporate and individual sponsors. The Give For Youth platform will broaden and diversify our funding and enable us to put our sponsorships towards other programs. As a grassroots organization, Live Out Loud relies on its program managers to

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Develop Youth Leaders and Global Citizens in NYC and DC!
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Funding through Give for Youth would provide crucial financial support to these projects, covering essential costs including student transportation, admission to cultural and educational institutions, stipends for participants, and high-quality staffing. Global Kids staff members are highly skilled educators with extensive training and experience in youth development and international education. An important element of Global Kids’ approach is the role of our staff as mentors, who provide personal support to youth who often do not receive it at home or in the classroom. These nurturing relationships are key to Global Kids’ success: they build students’ self-confidence, help them improve academically, and empower them to take control of their lives and make positive choices for themselves.

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Engaging students in low-income communities with renewable energy.
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This funding would not just allow us to complete these projects. This funding would rally people around our vision. Our vision is every student in America having meaningful learning experiences with renewable energy before graduating high school. And, the implications of realizing our vision would ripple through our society for centuries. More specifically, this funding would inspire students, communities, and funders alike. Students would feel the resounding love from the community around their initiative. Communities would rally behind their kids after they see how proud the kids are of the results. And, funders will see how powerful they can be. In summary, the possibility of gaining funding through the Give for Youth Platform is more about engaging people around an idea that it is about fundraising.

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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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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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Youth Literacy
Youth Literacy
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This Literacy Initiative and the Slingerland® Multisensory approach that it entails require a multitude of recourses to ensure its impact on our members. Through the Give for Youth platform, BGCP would fundraise with a goal of $10,000 to fund software for the Literacy Centers at all 12 Clubs. This software includes the istation® educational computer program, a revolutionary internet-based educational network and integrated reading and intervention program; and the Kurzweil 3000 digital dictionaries and thesaurus which provides instant access to definitions and a deeper understanding of words within text. This software allows kids to have fun while learning, lets members move at their own pace or go back and review material, and adds another dimension to the interactive learning set forth in the Slingerland® approach.

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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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Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter
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Stuttering is a disorder that affects up to 5% of all school age children. When surveyed more than 70% of speech-language pathologists indicated that they were not as comfortable or confident working with children who stutter as they were with other disorders. The majority did not know how to teach most common stuttering modification techniques and did not know how to contact a fluency specialist for consultation. Children who stutter are often mislabeled as unintelligent or having a nervous disorder. A recent survey by the National Stuttering Association (NSA) reported that 80% of children who stutter had been bullied and/or teased and 40% of adults who stutter had been denied a job or promotion because of the speech disorder. If we gain funding through the Give For Youth platform we would be able to not only reach more young people either directly or through their speech-language pathologist, we would also be able to educate the public about stuttering.

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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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