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Girls Of Afghanistan Leadership: G.O.A.L.

Youth Leadership Academy is a bridge over which the young orphanage girls can leap into adulthood in Afghan society with skills and confidence necessary to encourage their involvement in positive social change for women in Afghanistan. This program will be comprised of a semester-long workshop that will be held at an orphanage in Kabul and would also include remote coaching where volunteers from other countries would ...more »

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Advancing Muslim American Leadership (AMAL)

AMAL seeks to help young Muslims become more involved in the political and civic processes of the United States by highlighting leadership examples in the community, raising awareness about resources, establishing a mentorship program, organizing a leadership conference, and establishing a mini-grant project fund for the implementation of civically and/or politically oriented projects.

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One-Kindle-Hundred-Book Library for Schools in Poor Communities

Donate US$170 in China or about US$300 worldwide, you can help a primary school in poor communities to get one Kindle plus 100 paid e-books. A school needs such 10 sets to build a real offline E-Library, which could bring poor kids to new age. Names of donors will appear on the screensaver of the Kindle. Teacher of the school could use Internet to update and change the ebooks based on a selection maintained by top educators ...more »

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Photosynthesis of ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete:’ Exposing Youth To Opportunities

Photosynthesis (noun) pho·to·syn·the·sis: the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. Photosynthesis of the Rose That Grew From Concrete seeks to expose and equip underserved youth with tools vital for success.

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Gangsta Geeks: Empowering Urban Youth with Robotics

Urban street culture encourages inner city youth to be either gangsters, ballers, or rappers. Instead, they should be getting into tech -- becoming "gangsta geeks." I want to start robotics programs for underserved minority youth. Why bring robotics to the hood? Because it teaches coding, design, engineering, manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship to students who are disenfranchised from the tech jobs that drive ...more »

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A model and scalable post-secondary access and training partnership.

In 2015, Colorado Mountain College will launch an innovative Career Academy for students to receive a college certificate while in HS. In rural Western CO, providing alternative education options is essential for youth and the economy. This pilot is scalable to the College’s 11 campuses and beyond.

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On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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Youth Peace Action Lab

Online bullying, gang and terrorist recruitment are at all time highs. The Youth Peace Action Lab empowers 15-26 year olds to implement their own solutions to oppose this intolerance. In partnership with leading Boston-based universities, we will prove youth-launched projects can change the way the world counters online extremism.

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Inspiring Inglewood: Developing Literacy In Underserved Los Angeles Middle Schools

Writopia Lab is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens through creative writing. The Ideas Award would allow Writopia L.A. to provide once-a-week creative writing workshops for 30 underserved middle school students in Inglewood, CA, throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Our open, safe, and nurturing space would provide at-risk youth ...more »

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