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Youth using Media to Change the Story of Community
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We are a youth led media organization. We have been in existence since the fall of 2011. We have existed as an unfunded movement with our young crew pouring their heart and soul into projects like the Geo Literacy Videos Series we are producing with a local girl-serving organization Young Women Empowered and the University of Washington. We use our own personal equipment, and borrow equipment through the University. We meet in coffee shops and where ever we can. We carry equipment on buses and light rails to make it happen at the ground level where our media happens. We need money to purchase equipment to improve our quality, a space to store our equipment and hold production meetings, and stipends to help our crew stay involved without starving. Funding will help us take this project from where it is today – to amazing.

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One Million Books Movement
One Million Books Movement
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In its first 26 months, Worldreader has reached 10,000 children with 500,000 e-books in six African countries. These children now read more, read better, and they’re creating a culture of reading in their communities. We expect to reach 1 million children across the world by 2015. Worldreader would like to ask for your support. Please help us to bring books - and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them- to deserving young children around the world. We promise results! In 2012, Worldreader shared the results of the largest external impact measurement: the USAID-funded report from ILC Africa, which studied the Worldreader iREAD program in Ghana. This study found: • A dramatic increase in children’s access to books • Increased performance on standardized tests • Increased resources for teachers • Increased enthusiasm towards reading Worldreader publishes all reports on our website under "Learnings"

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Girl Action Teams
Girl Action Teams
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Gaining funding will help Girls For A Change serve more girls. In FY13, we want to scale up the Girl Action Team program in the Bay Area, an initiative that will help us reach more girls in Silicon Valley. We will partner with more schools and community programs, engage over 600 girls from low-income communities and leverage 75-80 women coaches.

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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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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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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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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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We’re the only national scholarship nonprofit supporting PIs with financial assistance and leadership development. Civic engagement is at the core of what we instill in our Scholars. Supporting PI-based students to attend our HES fosters leadership and professional competencies, and contributes to a vital need to cultivate a PI education and leadership pathway. PIs coming from meager means who demonstrate high potential for success often don’t have access to these opportunities. Without investment, a cycle of perpetuating inequitable outcomes for PIs is created. When the power of knowledge is recognized by the student, their voice becomes a catalyst for change. This is what happens at our HES: we create a platform for PIs to leverage their voice to translate personal experiences into a public issue. Support these students and you empower the next generation of PI leaders to create social change for their communities.

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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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Sea S.T.A.R. High School Internship Program
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The Sea S.T.A.R. High School Internship Program is currently completely funded by The Marine Science Consortium (MSC). MSC’s goal has been to cover costs of the program for the first two years while seeking funding in order to continue the program. We are now entering our 3rd year of the program and must find additional funding to not only continue the program but to expand its reach. Additional funding would allow us to open the program to additional students, offer more options for student research and enrichment as well as expand the program into the school year. Year-round opportunities would allow us to more effectively connect with students from the Eastern Shore area. Students from this economically challenged region will benefit greatly from enriching activities that illustrate educational and career options in scientific and resource management fields.

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Help us build career ladders for ChalleNGe graduates
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As critical as funding to the Foundation is to support the ChalleNGe program, it is equally important to support the Foundation’s work to ensure that the graduates remain on track. Upon completion of the program, the Foundation puts its funding to work by providing: a. Scholarships to help program graduates continue their education in college, vocational programs or career training; and b. Career development, including internships, job placement and ongoing contact and support.

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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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World Savvy Knowledge-to-Action
World Savvy Knowledge-to-Action
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World Savvy is currently able to fund only 2 of these youth knowledge-to-action projects each year, but many more deserve funding. Through the give for youth platform, World Savvy would be able to feature many more projects created by students in our programs and support them to implement their projects out in the community.

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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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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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Gaining funding would enable us to reach more students with our services. We could also provide them with more of the tools that will help them become successful in life.

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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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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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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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Turning Street Smarts Into Business Smarts: NFTE Entrepreneurship Education
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Give For Youth funding is critical to allow NFTE to provide the experiential components which deeply engage students in their learning. One of the key aspects of NFTE’s organizational structure is our network of eleven program offices spread throughout the country. This allows us to teach the NFTE course in a way that is tailored to local communities. Each classroom experience is unique, as each region has a different business market, community needs, and demographic trends. On Give For Youth, each NFTE office will be able to post projects that relate to their specific classroom needs. The crowd funding platform allows donors to connect with us by location or by the program they wish to affect. All business, and entrepreneurship, is local, and so are NFTE’s programs. Give For Youth’s platform makes funding local too.

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