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Youth Debating "The Arab Awakening"
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Our first priority is to make certain that all qualified students are given the opportunity to participate regardless of family income so we attempt to make scholarships available. Next, we are attempting to make debate a sustainable part of the education community by offering this exchange with American students. We anticipate that older students will become "peer coaches" and mentors for younger students as they learn the debate process. We want to build debate in Morocco and Tunisia with the assistance of American students and the 2013 program, if funded, will go a tremendous distance in discovering through actual experience, the topics, formats, judging criteria and overall pedagogical approach that each country will develop in its own unique fashion. With freedom of speech being an intrinsic value to students as they live through extraordinary times, this program can deliver a powerful new incentive to learn.

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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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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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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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Nepal Youth Network
Nepal Youth Network
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We are working now to establish a computer center in one rural village that will be managed by the local youth group (approx 30 members) from this village (Mankhu in the Dhading District) and several nearby villages. Funding will help us to bring the internet services to the village and specifically to the youth organization's computer lab. From there, we will continue to seek out organized youth groups in rural communities who are willing to contribute their time and efforts to create a large network of creative and innovative youth.

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College for Mommy and Me
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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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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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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Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Workplace Mentoring Program
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We have successful partnerships with over 40 schools and corporations throughout NYC but would like to expand the program by using the capacity-building supports to further develop marketing materials to present to key stakeholders including principals, teachers, guidance counselors, human resources professionals, employee resource groups or affinity groups at corporations. We would also like to further develop our program by creating lesson plans for each session, with various activities for Littles in each grade to coincide with their development and schoolwork. This will enable the program to be more easily replicated, and goals would include aligning the curriculum more fully with the NYS Core Standards for high school youth, and developing tools and ideas for recruiting more young men of color into the program. With funding, BBBS of NYC will be poised to recruit more corporate and school partners in order to serve more NYC youth.

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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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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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The David Lynch Foundation's Quiet Time in the Classroom Program
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The Quiet Time Program was launched in California at San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School in 2007. Designed for grades 5 through 12, Quiet Time was implement school-wide to create a positive learning environment and promote balance within the school. The program has dramatically reduced school stress, in-school violence, and absenteeism all while improving students’ capacity to learn, effectively turning one of the district’s lowest performing schools into one of its highest performing schools. Now Quiet Time is in place at additional public schools in San Francisco, as well as Washington, D.C., Detroit, and Los Angeles. The David Lynch Foundation would like to extend this success into the New York tri-state area. It is our goal that, with the help of the Give For Youth platform and GOOD Inc., the David Lynch Foundation will implement Quiet Time in a minimum of three New York City public schools over the next three years.

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Asian Pacific American Leadership Summit For Youth By Youth
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Gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able the AALEAD Youth Council and our program participants to put on the 2nd Annual APA Youth Summit by fully-equipping them to plan a bigger and better event for the community and the community’s youth. The selection itself would empower and embolden our youth to know that there is a bigger community outside of them that believes in their potential. With the funding, our youth would be able to secure a larger venue, expand on their previous marketing plan, invite speakers and performers from out of the region and overall, raise the bar from the previous year’s summit. This funding will allow our staff and youth to create and provide a high quality event that will impact our program youth, community youth and community at-large.

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Kaiizen Teen Resource Centers
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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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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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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Right to Education for Indigenous Children in Mexico
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The Give for Youth website platform provides an incredible opportunity to raise the visibility, support and impact of locally led will further GO Campaign’s mission of connecting donors to high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives andthat transforming communities, one child at a time. It will increase the visibility of GO Campaign, our work, and or the urgent need of our partners. Having access to theRaising awareness through the larger Give for Youth community will not only help secure the right to education for the marginalized indigenous youth of Mexico’s Me’Phaa community, but the increased visibility will enable GO Campaign to connect new donors with meaningful programs having an impact throughout the world. will increase the likelihood that we will successfully raise the required funds to implement our project.

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Feed Our Children NOW!
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We know what we're doing is important. Summer time is critical for food insecurity for children because school is closed and the lunch program is not available. The need for food however continues all year long. Specifically, weekends remain a problem because children don't have access to the school lunch programs. We would like to continue efforts all year long and additional funding will enable us to train more youth volunteers and expand our food drives.

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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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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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