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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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Life Skills and College Readiness for Foster Youth
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The agency is dedicated to helping youth build a bridge from foster care to a stable future by acquiring the education and life skills they need. Funding would allow the Fort Bend WINGS program to provide more extensive services for youth aging out of care. The micro-project would afford youth the opportunity to participate in year round WINGS Life Skills training sessions including a project that focuses on community service. The WINGS Life Skills Program, a learn by doing initiative, also presents the youth with an opportunity to positively interact with their peer group and with the community. This interaction enhances their life skills, education, and career knowledge. Youth are provided hands on training on how to prepare quick, affordable meals, manage their own businesses, and lease cars and apartments. Expanding the learning environment beyond the classroom setting has definitely worked well and continues to prove that hands on learning and training are effective.

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Duct tape, vision & sweat will get you only so far. We’ve done much, but funding will expand our customer base & give our kids better chances of success: - Hire more kids by subsidizing their payroll. Many of our students are “first-time” hires and the learning curve is steep. All of that creative talent, unleashed AND focused, can be brilliant. - We need professional sales and marketing know-how. A sales/marketing manager with a student shadow is essential. These positions properly funded will see us grow. - We need both a tractor and truck. A tractor will allow us to widen our margins as we expand to new growing sites with the assistance of the City of Pasadena. A truck will allow staff to deliver TO customers homes as we currently only have pick up locations two days/week. - A professional kitchen will allow us to include value-added products in our CSA boxes: salsa, marinara and dried fruits (for starters). We need equipment to fulfill these requests by our customers.

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Student-driven Youth Service Learning
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Funding gained through the Give for Youth platform will be used in purchasing supplies for the service learning projects which students involved in HOSC’s Schools and Youth program will complete. HOSC staff will work with students to develop appropriate budgets for the projects they want to carry out. The students will play a large part in deciding how the funding will be used to make a positive impact on their communities. Greater funding will allow the students to enhance the scope of their projects which will contribute to an increase in the amount of community members impacted.

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EY Productions:  at-risk youth shoot for a better future.
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Graduates of EYN become eligible to become an Independent Partner in Empowered Youth Entrepreneurs. The boys have created several different business models based upon their interests and native intelligence. One is an urban apparel line called EY StreetWear. The second is a restaurant/food truck model called Vibe 305, and the third is a video production company called EY Productions. The money this opportunity would provide would be used to get that company up and running for the boys (video production/DJ'ing services, etc).

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Livestock for Life
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The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is an efficient and highly effective grass roots organization that acts primarily as a conduit between the extreme needs of HIV+ children in Sub-Saharan Africa and the vast resources of the western world. By participating in the Give for Youth Platform, we'll be able to share our vision with more people and in turn, we'll be able to help even more kids. Funds raised will allow us to help more youth become self-reliant and able to care for themselves and their siblings, while sharing a small portion of their herds/flocks with others. Our pilot project with 300+ orphaned families was a success and it is time to expand expand the program so that many other children and youth can benefit, as well. Funds raised through this platform will allow us to do just that - train and provide a hand up to children too-long forgotten, but who are talented and who want to move forward in life.

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Young African Coders To Conquer The Last Digital Frontier
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Give For Youth is the perfect organization that should fund this project fore several reasons. First, because 95% of our target market is young people between the age of 17 and 25, which marries very well with Give For Youth's criteria. Second, we understood very early in our objectives that in order to spark economic development in Africa we must focus on human capital development of the youth. Young Africans represent the future of the continent therefore giving them the tools to solve problems locally as well as being able to compete globally is critical in this whole equation. Finally, Give For Youth has an interesting partnership with Microsoft YouthSpark which has actually influenced our interest to submit our project. Microsoft is one of the premier software companies in the World that we have ultimate respect for. And since our effort is geared towards creating an army of young software developers our participation to this competition just make sense.

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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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Inspire Your City
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As a grassroots, volunteer-driven not-for-profit, Oakland Digital is seeking funding to support program expansion. Funding obtained through The Give will provide additional exposure for the students' Inspire designs (e.g. bus shelters) and provide increased student program (monetary) awards.

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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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Girl Scouts of Western Washington Robotics
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Our robotics teams are growing rapidly due to their successes in engaging girls in a meaningful way. 2013 will be the fourth year of Girl Scouts of Western Washington hosted teams; the number of girls served has grown from 3 teams and 19 girls in 2010 to 13 teams and 83 girls in the 2012 season. Each new team costs $1,750 to purchase the supplies for the robots, to join the league and other required expenses. Our program has grown very quickly, but is limited by how many teams we can financially support. The Give for Youth platform would allow us to expand our program and the impact we are having on girls in the Puget Sound region by allowing them to explore their interest in STEM fields. Girl Scout teams are unique in the league they compete in as they reach a more diverse geography reaching girls in more rural communities that are often left-out of STEM programming. Further, these girl only teams are unique as most other teams are school based and dominated by boys.

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East Baltimore Youth Fall in Love with Reading
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Elev8 Baltimore partners with four preK-8 schools in East Baltimore to ensure student success. Closing the literacy gap for students in grades 5-8 is vital to addressing decades of low academic performance and poor graduation rates in East Baltimore. The Give for Youth platform will enable us to spotlight an issue that has been at the forefront of our community for many years. Support from the Give for Youth community will raise awareness of an effective strategy to close the literacy gap to a broader community, and raise much needed funds to help students build a home library and sponsor summer home library programs at the additional three schools partnered with Elev8 Baltimore. We will present positive images youth and schools in East Baltimore . In addition to summer learning, we believe the Give for Youth community will be interested in supporting our efforts in the areas of health and family support which contribute to overall student well-being and school success.

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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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Community Farm Biz Summer Enrichment Program
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For this project, due to hard financial times, our current funder has not been able to contribute the full amount it costs to run this program. We are seeking out other funders to support the program and ensure that we are able to run it this coming summer. The opportunity to raise funds on the Give for Youth website seems a very relevant way to support the program and provide a larger audience and awareness for Community Farm of Simsbury which is only 3 years old.

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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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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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The Future Project!
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The Future Project is revolutionizing education at the cost of almost nothing. We invest in people and we believe in people as the most transformative forces to be invested in. This money would go directly into funding the innovative and revolutionizing training activities for our Future Fellows, Future Coaches, and Dream Directors to strategically unleash themselves to be the best versions of themselves and the most transformative leaders this world has ever seen. With this intensive training, they will be able to more effectively experiment how to fuse their passions and dreams into action through building Future Projects that transform our societal and personal challenges and fears into great opportunities to change the world.

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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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Neighborhood House’s Youth Empowered with Leadership Strengths Program
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Funding through the Give for Youth platform would dramatically enhance the capacity of the YELS program to provide youth with a robust curriculum, community service opportunities, captivating events and leadership training. The YELS program supports the low-income youth in the affordable housing community of High Point in West Seattle. These youth come from families that struggle with unemployment, limited English proficiency and low levels of formal education and don’t usually have access to enriching opportunities. YELS curriculum is guiding by our youth as we recognize that they have inherent potential as civic leaders and know that they are experts in their own experiences. Youth led initiatives and activities allow YELS youth to practice managing time and deadlines, working in diverse teams, building community in their neighborhood and leading their peers; ultimately developing the skills and confidence that has the potential to dramatically change their life trajectory.

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Web TV by Youth For Youth
Web TV by Youth For Youth
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we are a young youth led organization. Accessing funds through the give for your platform will enable us to aquire equipment necessary for the web TV project (green screen, small studio, microphone, tripod), and complete the equipment we already have (cameras, space, editing station ...) But most importantly, we would like to offer special training session for our youth to practice and gain web journalim capacities, in order to be able to manage their channel. We will use these funds to invite specialists and trainers who will conduct these workshops. We will also use he funding made available to us to train the participants on marketing their project, ultimately expanding their skillset in information and communication technology. Finally, we ambition to also provide them with a full training in avocacy techniques. All these activities will spread over the period of one year, and will possibly (and if possible) be held simultaneously, using innovative conferencing tools.

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