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Work4Youth - Summer Employment
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If funded, the resources will provide subsidized jobs and/or job shadow opportunities for youth at 50 additional worksites. It will give us a focused platform to target vulnerable youth to STEM and allied health careers. Our goal is to raise an additional $100,000 to support 120 hours of wages, workers compensation, 20 hours of training, and other supportive services, for an average of $2,000 per youth.

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Multimedia Training & Service Center
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Currently, we only have a handful of family and friends that support the efforts of our organization. We are focused this year on connecting with organizations and exploring ways of letting people know about our org and what we are doing. If we gain funding through the program, it would help us in areas such as getting equipment, renting or purchasing a facility, hiring local staff etc. It can also be a great way to expose our project to a wide range of prospective supporters.

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Helping Teens Make Their Mark on the World
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From collecting canned goods for disaster victims to creating care kits for shelters, young people who engage in service can play a valuable role in their communities by volunteering their time, creativity, and energy to help people in need. Youth who engage in service grow up to be more empathetic and community-involved and their achievement in school often improves. By gaining funding through Microsoft’s Give for Youth, generationOn would be able to reach and engage thousands of new middle and high school kids in service, targeting low-income students who often have fewer opportunities to participate in community; in addition, we would be able to provide our resources to more youth across the economic spectrum, allowing them to learn 21st Century skills - such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration - necessary to succeed in the future.

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Funding support will help provide low-income youth with the academic and socio-emotional skills needed to increase rates of graduation, and postsecondary degrees or vocational certificates. ARTS will offer free arts education and creative employment opportunities, primarily during critical after-school hours. The National Endowment for the Arts emphasizes the importance of access to arts education, citing better grades, increased critical thinking, higher rates of college enrollment and graduation, as well as increased civic engagement. ARTS will provide paid opportunities for youth to explore creative industries, work alongside of local artists and learn practical workforce skills as they create public art to beautify and transform their community.

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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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Igniting Hope in At-risk Youth
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The historic 2010 flood in Nashville, Tennessee, while devastating, presented an opportunity to SYF to implement the new classroom model (described above) for the very first time. The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills (Tennessee's largest outlet, value retail, shopping, dining, and entertainment destination) was completely destroyed by the flood. It was rebuilt using the new classroom model, and now stands alone among 23 Simon Youth Academies as the model academy. Reopened in August 2012, students, teachers, and administrators cannot seem to say enough positive things about the new academy, and SYF is now working to retrofit the other 22 academies to provide all the other students and teachers with 21st Century classroom environments. But these renovations cost money that SYF currently doesn't have.

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One Warm Meal A Day.
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Winning will allow us to purchase the proper nutrients to feed our children five days a week, as opposed to three.

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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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Support Seattle Underserved Youth Study Abroad in Morocco
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Your support in sending OWN Arabic language students to Morocco this summer would enable us to offer an immersive cultural experience and boost their language and leadership skills. Furthermore, it would promote our broader goal of creating the next generation of global leaders. Our program evaluations have demonstrated that one of the most significant areas of impact that OneWorld Now! has on a student’s life is their increased aspirations for higher education as well as their increased involvement in community service. OWN youth who study abroad are more engaged in global affairs and then tend to seek out additional international opportunities in college and beyond. OneWorld Now! is one of the nation’s leading organizations in providing access to study abroad opportunities to low-income and minority youth, who are sorely underrepresented in most study abroad programs.

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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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Because we purposefully serve youth and organization that are unable to afford the experiences we offer, the funds to cover the cost of our adventure trips must come from outside sources, such as individual and corporate donors, and grants. In order to maintain fiscal responsibility, we only scholarship as many trips as we have money to cover. Therefore, any money made through Give For Youth would have a direct impact on the number of youth we are able to serve in the upcoming year. Over 30 separate organizations have expressed interest in partnering with us, but are unable to do so until the funds have been raised. These organizations represent around 600 youth from the state of Oregon who could tremendously benefit from these experiences.

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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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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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College for Mommy and Me
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Funding from the Give for Youth platform will support our fundraising, marketing, and outreach efforts of the Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative. Fundraising, marketing, and outreach efforts are required to attract new partners, donors/sponsors and participants; retain current partners and donors/sponsors; and increase awareness about this program, as well as the issues (i.e. education, poverty, parent/child bond & attachment, and prosperity) the program addresses. This funding will also support the expenses of the annual leadership institutes and quarterly workshops. Examples of institute and workshop expenses include meals, transportation, books, and craft materials.

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Kaiizen Teen Resource Centers
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With a physical location we could staff personel that could mentor local teens long term. This location would have a weekly schedule of workshops and activities to gain the teens trust and then begin to help them live their best stories. We would teach them how to work with given opportunities and situations. We don't want to create unrealistic expectations. The physical building would be a great addition to our current mentoring program and the local community.

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Our mission to keep kids safe, families together, and to prepare youth and young adults to be healthy, productive and engaged members of the community. The buzz that we can create through this funding opportunity will help catapult our effort to engage youth in sharing how we have helped them with their friends. The additional funds will allow us to purchase give-aways, t-shirts for our street teams and materials to hand out.

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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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"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying
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Gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would allow us to bring our program to places we may have not been able to reach in the past. It will allow our organization to spend less time on raining funds and more time on helping the children who need our program the most.

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Biking Climate Summer Programs
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The give for youth platform would secure funds for our programs by providing an important income avenue for food, equipment and the advance work for the programs. Additional funding will free up monies previously supporting food and equipment to bolster the grassroots networks in New England, Louisiana and Texas. Networks in these regions are supported by conferences tying together community partners met by the previous summers’ teams. Better Future Project the sponsor of these programs held a 350 New England summit and will hold a Gulf Summit. Relationships are cemented during these events providing a platform for next summers’ participants to work from.

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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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