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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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As a newer non profit we want to be able to use the funds to help our students develop fundraising projects of their own. Books, like everything else, take funding. The kids that we bring the books to have few if any other options. We see this money as being the seed for our new projects - something that we can build into something bigger!

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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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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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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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Youth Debating "The Arab Awakening"
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Our first priority is to make certain that all qualified students are given the opportunity to participate regardless of family income so we attempt to make scholarships available. Next, we are attempting to make debate a sustainable part of the education community by offering this exchange with American students. We anticipate that older students will become "peer coaches" and mentors for younger students as they learn the debate process. We want to build debate in Morocco and Tunisia with the assistance of American students and the 2013 program, if funded, will go a tremendous distance in discovering through actual experience, the topics, formats, judging criteria and overall pedagogical approach that each country will develop in its own unique fashion. With freedom of speech being an intrinsic value to students as they live through extraordinary times, this program can deliver a powerful new incentive to learn.

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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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Youth Institute Teens Filming GOOD Things
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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College for Mommy and Me
College for Mommy and Me
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Funding from the Give for Youth platform will support our fundraising, marketing, and outreach efforts of the Educational Empowerment Grant Initiative. Fundraising, marketing, and outreach efforts are required to attract new partners, donors/sponsors and participants; retain current partners and donors/sponsors; and increase awareness about this program, as well as the issues (i.e. education, poverty, parent/child bond & attachment, and prosperity) the program addresses. This funding will also support the expenses of the annual leadership institutes and quarterly workshops. Examples of institute and workshop expenses include meals, transportation, books, and craft materials.

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Story Shifters Theatre Residencies for NYC's Special Needs Students
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We would be able to build on our current work and expand to more schools. We would have the equipment and staff required to help give the students a complete theatre building experience. We be able to hire some of NYC's brightest and most compassionate teaching artists who would be able to raise the level of ensemble work. We would be able to rent space to enhance the students' story sharing experience. We would be able to provide teachers and administrators workshops in order to help support the use of this story building curriculum within their own class structure.

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UniCorps - Gaining through Giving
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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By Any Means
By Any Means
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We will provide meals for the 3 day event, rent sound equipment and market the project.

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F.A.T.O. Fights for our Youth
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F.A.T.O. believes that it's important to educate and empower our youth in very creative ways. We have been able to secure a variety of programs and projects but often times run into the problem of where to meet. We have booked locations but sometimes loose our spot for different reasons beyond our control. We would like a center for our kids so they can come there after school instead of going home alone. We want a place to have community functions and not spend most of our fundraising on rental other locations. Over the past 2 years we have spent so much money in rental fees and those funds should be going towards our youth projects.

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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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One Warm Meal A Day.
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Winning will allow us to purchase the proper nutrients to feed our children five days a week, as opposed to three.

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Putting technology to the (GED) test: computer lab for homeless youth
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YouthCare's GED program receives no government funding, and we rely 100% on private donations to provide this critical educational opportunity to our community’s homeless youth. The Give for Youth platform is an opportunity to connect with new community members who care about youth homelessness. Through this platform, we can raise funds for a much-needed computer lab, while also raising awareness about the challenges homeless youth face as they try to move forward. Our hope is that donors will be inspired to support this project, but also to learn more about youth homelessness. Donors may also choose to get involved as volunteers, at YouthCare or at similar organizations in their own communities.

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With additional investment, Spark 101 can be scaled to increase student reach, optimize professional development for educators, and collect high impact content from industry. Funding would be used to: • Enhance the Spark 101 website from current “Beta” tool to include capabilities requested by educators. • Focus on video outreach and production to address concepts being taught in classrooms. • Design professional development and outreach to educators—getting the tool into more classrooms. The Give for Youth Platform would provide much more than the needed dollars to scale Spark 101 to more educators and students—it would give us opportunity to connect with good-minded organizations to create the inspirational content for students. Together, we can fill and share Spark 101’s digital content library with thousands of teachers and almost 2 million students in national STEM curriculum courses/programs—especially underrepresented students with no access to STEM role models.

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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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Biking Climate Summer Programs
Biking Climate Summer Programs
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The give for youth platform would secure funds for our programs by providing an important income avenue for food, equipment and the advance work for the programs. Additional funding will free up monies previously supporting food and equipment to bolster the grassroots networks in New England, Louisiana and Texas. Networks in these regions are supported by conferences tying together community partners met by the previous summers’ teams. Better Future Project the sponsor of these programs held a 350 New England summit and will hold a Gulf Summit. Relationships are cemented during these events providing a platform for next summers’ participants to work from.

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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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