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Developing Active Citizens
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Break Away is a national nonprofit, although only has three staff. Break Away manages relationships with our chapter schools and 400+ community partners. Additionally, Break Away holds trainings for student and staff leaders, along with other programs, that move the active citizen movement forward. Therefore, Break Away is not able to give these types of grants to programs without additional support. This grant will let Break Away encourage colleges to send more trips focused on education. Education is currently the fourth most common social issue schools focus on during alternative breaks, committing over 37,000 hours of service last year. Break Away’s goal is that these programs focusing on education develop stronger service and meaningful interactions with students. This funding will let Break Away encourage colleges to not just send education focused trips; it will encourage them to send trips that can be a real part of a plan to improve school environments and student education.

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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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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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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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RiverKids
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To us, more funding means more RiverKids. For our communities this means more young people committed to protecting, stewarding, and improving the water resources and natural environment in their communities. Our program is focused on the Neuse River Basin and watershed and we serve grade school, middle school, and high school students in both public and private schools. Additional funding means more classrooms to celebrate science learning and expanded conservation awareness in the community. More importantly, it means we can grow larger the next generation of environmental stewards that will protect safe, clean water, and a love for our natural resources, building blocks in the foundation of vibrant local economies and healthy communities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Assemble, a community space for arts + technology
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As a start-up non profit, we have been 100% volunteer run. The funding from the Give For Youth Platform would help with the costs of marketing, materials needed for the workshops or events, and recruitment. The funds would also be used towards the events or classes the teens want to pursue.

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American India Foundation's Market Aligned Skills Training Program
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With additional funding for the Market Aligned Skills Training project, we would be able to enrich the training curriculum with additional events such as networking opportunities and job fairs for graduates of the job training program. Working with partners, additional funding can also help improve measurement of job placement and retention of jobs 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after training. This will help ensure the long-term success and sustainability of our project.

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Camp Shout Out: Youth Who Stutter
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Stuttering is a disorder that affects up to 5% of all school age children. When surveyed more than 70% of speech-language pathologists indicated that they were not as comfortable or confident working with children who stutter as they were with other disorders. The majority did not know how to teach most common stuttering modification techniques and did not know how to contact a fluency specialist for consultation. Children who stutter are often mislabeled as unintelligent or having a nervous disorder. A recent survey by the National Stuttering Association (NSA) reported that 80% of children who stutter had been bullied and/or teased and 40% of adults who stutter had been denied a job or promotion because of the speech disorder. If we gain funding through the Give For Youth platform we would be able to not only reach more young people either directly or through their speech-language pathologist, we would also be able to educate the public about stuttering.

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Inspire Girls Now In Technology Evolution
Inspire Girls Now In Technology Evolution
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Gaining funding through the Give For Youth Platform would allow IGNITE to expand its award-winning model beyond Seattle Public Schools, ultimately to establish chapters in every middle and high school in the US.

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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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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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Support Seattle Underserved Youth Study Abroad in Morocco
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Your support in sending OWN Arabic language students to Morocco this summer would enable us to offer an immersive cultural experience and boost their language and leadership skills. Furthermore, it would promote our broader goal of creating the next generation of global leaders. Our program evaluations have demonstrated that one of the most significant areas of impact that OneWorld Now! has on a student’s life is their increased aspirations for higher education as well as their increased involvement in community service. OWN youth who study abroad are more engaged in global affairs and then tend to seek out additional international opportunities in college and beyond. OneWorld Now! is one of the nation’s leading organizations in providing access to study abroad opportunities to low-income and minority youth, who are sorely underrepresented in most study abroad programs.

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Tudabujja: Teaching Farming Skills to Street Children in Uganda
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For many of the children that come into contact with Retrak, the only other alternative to street life is institutional care, which is costly and creates dependency. Reintegration via Tudabujja has proved successful as it creates a mutually beneficial and sustainable environment for the child, family and community. Furthermore, the skills that children gain at Tudabujja enable them to make sustainable contributions to their own and their family’s wellbeing. Although, Retrak has witnessed success at Tudabujja over the years, there are still 10,000 children living on the streets in Kampala. As such, Retrak must continue to provide vital services for these children. To achieve this we need support from sources such as Microsoft’s Give for Youth Platform. Retrak strongly believes that children should be based in a family environment. Thus, funding through the Give for Youth platform would allow Retrak to work towards its vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the streets.

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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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