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Do Something Social Action Boot Camp
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Funding gained through Give for Youth platform will be used to secure a venue large enough to host over 250 young social change agents, materials for each participant, and snacks (you gotta have snacks!) in San Francisco - a location we've never hosted a Boot Camp at before.

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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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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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Sending our team to BNV is by far the largest program cost for YSS, but the culminating achievement for our collective community. Receiving the Give For Youth microgiving fund would deeply support the accomplishment of the featured poets and the community that backed them in their creative journey. Once the team is chosen at the Grand Slam on March 1st we launch into an intensive training course. The funding will help pay for two renowned local poets to coach the team to their greatest artistic potential. The group will create, develop, practice, and perfect an array of new poems to be performed at the BNV festival. The funds will also offset the costs of travel, food and lodging for a week in Chicago for the five poets and coaches. We would be honored if you invested in the leadership and art of the young people and the larger community that is supporting and encouraging them.

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Zuma's Rescue Ranch
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Gaining funding through The Give For Youth Platform would allow Zuma's Rescue Ranch and the Shiloh House to sponsor foster children through Zuma's Equine Assisted Learning program.

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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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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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street outreach
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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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World Fit Walk
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The success and growth of World Fit is predicated on the number of World Fit Coordinators. These are paid staff that do most of the work inside the school, particularly during the school's first year of the World Fit Walk. Funding for this project would help support more Coordinators to teach the high school students.

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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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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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the Service Board's Summer Arts & Service
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We believe that this project is a good fit for the Give For Youth Platform because the innovative curriculum is engaging and impactful. We will be able to share our story with donors and show exactly where funding goes (ie. $200 provides a work stipend, $50 provides lunch for the program, $75 provides materials for a silk screening project). The media component of the project also builds in transparency and opportunities to provide updates to donors. The total program cost will be $24,000. People want to know that their donation makes an impact. This micro funding project shows donors how their dollars are put to use and the impact that can be made when they join others. We also know that people are motivated by a match - an opportunity to have their contribution stretch with Microsoft support makes donors excited.

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Imagine a city where a college degree is an option for all students- that is our vision. Realizing this vision is all about touch points; increasing the number of students who we serve and the number of ways they can access our services while maintaining the quality of our program. Funding allows us to continue to better serve our current cohorts of students, and increase the amount of students we serve in San Francisco each year - in addition to offering important programming in the summer, as well as college visits. By our rough estimation there are at least 15,000 students in San Francisco right now that could be enrolled in First Graduate. We can provide them with a key to their success: a singular, consistent source of coaching, guidance, and counseling that helps them find and access the resources that they need to succeed. Our aim is to translate the success of individuals into a culture of success across an entire system; to turn the few into the many.

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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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Youth Design Engage For Change
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Youth Design is a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of mentoring firms, design professionals from around the country, public and private foundations, individual donors, and volunteers to fund and run our programs. Financial support makes all the difference as we work to bring opportunities for young people throughout the Greater Boston area to explore viable career pathways in the multi-faceted industry of design.

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Summer Reel Camps for Girls
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We want to keep our camps free and mainly serve girls who live in low-income public housing complexes in the Chinatown area of Honolulu, where residents are considered poor or disadvantaged (nearly 70% receive some form of public assistance and 25% have an income of less than $10,000/year). As we did last year, for this upcoming summer camps, we want to offer healthy breakfast, snacks, and lunches, from places in the neighborhood; we want to provided the girls with supplies and transportation. Based on last year cost, a camp’s budget averages between 10,000 to 12,000.

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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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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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And Action! Providing Adolescents with Autism a Filmmaking Experience
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The inaugural Autism Film Program ran in June 2012. From last year's program, we know that the costs associated with providing a summer program for 50 filmmakers can be very expensive. ACT Today! would not be able to offer this program in 2013 without funding assistance. Expenses for the program include cost of facility rental, hiring Inclusion Films to bring in professionals and equipment to teach and provide participants with the means to create a short film, costs associated with providing participants a red carpet premiere experience at the San Diego Film Festival, among others. ACT Today! is seeking funds through foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and microfunding through the public. Should the Autism Film Program be selected for the Give for Youth platform, we hope to not only garner donations to make this program possible, we also aspire to raise awareness and educate the public about the abilities of those with ASD.

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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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