RiverKids

submission by neuseriver
RiverKids

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http://www.neuseriver.org/riverkids/challenge.html

Describe the creative youth microprojects that your nonprofit would fundraise for if you win.

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With Give for Youth support, the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation would be able to strengthen and expand our popular RiverKids program, an environmental awareness and education program that builds connections and appreciation for environmental conservation. Through a dynamic classroom curriculum, expert mentoring and guidance, and hands-on outdoor, mud-on-your boots, dirty hands and big smiles activities, RiverKids teaches young people the importance of protecting their water resources and natural surroundings. Give for Youth support would mean more muddy boots, more dirty hands, more big smiles, and a generation who better understand our relationship with the world in which we live.

Explain how possibly gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able you to complete these projects.

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.

Describe why your nonprofit is innovative and entrepreneurial.

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“All politics is local,” is a saying that can easily apply to conservation. Many environmental organizations cast too wide a net in an effort to address EVERY challenge or threat to natural resources. The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, and by extension, our RiverKids program sharpens the scope, keeping it local, and focuses on stewardship and conservation of the tangible Neuse River Basin. Through teaching a core curriculum focused locally, we work to inspire a passion for the Neuse, first, and to show the interdependence of the river environment to those dynamic ecosystems that surround it. Then, quite simply, our innovation is to allow young people to apply their growing world view, rapidly-developing critical thinking skills, and sharpen their creative problem solving abilities to the many challenges of conservation. Our RiverKids learn first-hand that they can make a positive impact on the entire world by starting with their local river.

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Am I the only one who thinks that that pipe in the picture jumps out at them? Hm. Well anyway, since they can't take care of that land, as the pipe reveals, I hope that they can at least get some decent caster.

by joe.bingham.547
over 1 year ago | Reply

Am I the only one who thinks that that pipe in the picture jumps out at them? Hm. Well anyway, since they can

by joe.bingham.547
over 1 year ago | Reply

"One can hardly imagine a generation of persons with neither interest in nor knowledge of the outdoors making responsible decisions regarding the environment." - Dighe

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I have been a member of the Neuse River Foundation/River Keepers since its inception. The youth of the Neuse River Basin are our future for keeping the waters (river and tributaries) healthy and safe for all time. I heartily support the RiverKids program and ask for your help in keeping it viable.

by Grace B. Evans
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Grace, Thank you very much for the years and years of support.

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Good luck! We know firsthand how hard you work, and hope that more children in the community get to experience your program!

by Travelingteachers
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great program and a great organization! Good luck.

by dana.magliola
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you Dana

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

What a wonderful program- more kids in the river means more awareness and more protectors of the river, now and in the future!

by Liz Eno
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you for the kind words. Through education and engagement we can change the world.

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the first 24 hours.

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Last year our RiverKids program reached over 5,000 kids. Voting for this program does make a difference because more funding means reaching more youth and making a positive impact on our future.

by neuseriver
almost 2 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Monday, January 07

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Friday, February 01
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Monday, February 18

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Friday, March 01
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