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Gaining Funding through Give for Youth will help raise fund for the outputs: - 150 hours of individualized sessions in a year - 60 hours of group sessions for communities in a year - 4 large-scale public art installations in a year - 300 hours of individualized sessions by year 5 - 6 large-scale public art installations annually by year 5 ...and the measurement system: - weekly session reports on the number of contact hours, activities, and behavior/mood assessments. - Surveys of past participants to determine current mental health status and to get social/behavioral updates. - interviews of nominating adults to get feedback about nomination process, their assessment of youth after program completion, and inquire about need for additional services. - photograph public environments (before & after installation), interview organization representative to get information on public interaction and community feedback they collected.

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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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Global Art & Design Project
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Funding through the Give For Youth program would give us the ability to purchase equipment, software, and supplies necessary to provide our students with hands-on experience in understanding the fundamental principles of design and coding. Additionally, it would allow us to offer continued support to our students in their pursuit of higher education through a scholarship program with local schools.

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Life Enhancement Through Education in Music (LETEM)
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LETEM was founded and is operated by two juniors in high school. We believe our youthful perspective makes our mission to help other youth in our area all the more meaningful; however, our youth can make it hard to effectively pull in funding. We are often not taken seriously simply because we are young, but it must be understood that we are passionate, know a lot about music, and work tirelessly to further our organization. Funding from your program would make a huge difference to LETEM; we often are forced to pay operational costs out of our own pocket, and we have to jettison great ideas because we don't have the funds. Our main goal is to make our music clinics more professional and effective with better materials and resources for kids and teachers. We hope to hold a combined youth concert, which would also serve as a fundraiser for our organization. We are innovative and have a number of great ideas for fundraisers and outreach events, but need funding to make our dreams reality.

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KOB Project
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Todays economic climate is not kind to small nonprofits, often they are in competition for much needed dollars with larger organizations. Funding through the Give For Youth Platform would allow us the opportunity to get much needed quality programming of the shelf and into action for youth who need positive outlets to combat the issues they face daily.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Young Women Empowered - Y-WE LEAD
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In 2013-14 we will be doubling the capacity of our programs because there is such a high demand amongst women and girls to participate. Funding will enable us to grow our services and impact at least 250 women, 500 girls, and 2000 community members in the coming year. We currently have a waiting list and expanding our program is only possible with increased funding. Y-WE fills a unique niche as a single gender program because many girls, from immigrant families in particular, are not permitted to attend co-gender after school programs. Across the board, girls from low income families tend to lack have access to transportation & scholarships to participate in enrichment activities. Y-WE provides safety, cultural respect, transportation, food, and scholarships in order to assure that ALL girls who wish to have access to our programs and the educational resources we offer are provided with that opportunity.

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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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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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YALLA! Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance
YALLA! Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance
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TYO works frugally and aims to achieve maximum impact through its programs with limited funding. TYO is a permanent community institution and will continue operating its Youth Service Learning and education programs for youth sustainably in the future. Gaining funding through the Give for Youth Platform, however, would enable youth 9-16 to realize their vision for their communities outside of the TYO center and act as changemakers. It would also allow committed youth volunteers ages 18-22 to gain increased leadership and management experience in the process of guiding their younger peers. Both of these opportunities are scarce in the refugee and disadvantaged communities in Nablus and the Northern West Bank.

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Growing Our Future Community Micro Farm
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The ability to acquire funding through The Give for Youth Platform would grant our counselors freedom to develop an Inner City micro farm small business giving an opportunity to the deaf and hard-of-hearing youth a platform to learn from a tangible work experience.

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