The city of Berkeley is often well known for being home to the famous University of California, Berkeley—also often overshadowing the poverty surrounding it. With 20.5% of citizens in poverty, Berkeley has an above average level of compared to the state of California. Young people in the community are faced with many of the same challenges and social issues all across the nation--lack of arts education funding, rising obesity rates, after-school crime and drug abuse to name a few. EDN Berkeley would like to help solve some of these issues with dance, community building and more!
Support the team All Bullying Ceases founded in San Jose, California, a network of youth and community stakeholders working with ten middle schools and high schools that train youth on activities that address all forms of bullying. The innovative youth-driven initiative will affect over 200 students directly and 10,000 indirectly. Your contribution will help make this project a success in schools throughout California and further establish a model for other schools to replicate its successes in tackling the issue of bullying.
In the last 20 years, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA, has turn into a hub for Asian immigrants, primarily Chinese immigrants, and many are former Boston Chinatown residents moving away from the high cost of rent and living in the city. 24% of Quincy's population is of Asian decent with a student population over 10,000 in the Quincy Public School district. There is a large under served population of Asian students and their families with limited English proficiency, facing a difficult transition into the American educational system, and unfamiliar with American systems and culture.
Our team is working to show the Pittsburgh community the impact that Jewish teens can make in just one day and enforce the Jewish value "tikkun olam" which means, "repairing the world . Last year we had 300 teens work with us and this year we want to break 400! Jews in our world are becoming less and less prevalent but we want to continue to make our mark in the world and with such a diverse community, Pittsburgh is a great place to embrace who you are! We want the teens in the area to feel empowered!
Help us launch an additional 20 Learning Labs across India by June 2014. Team Zaya is on a mission to provide world-class personalized learning to disadvantaged children between the of ages 6 and 13 years. Zaya seeks to help these kids through its "hubs" and "labs", by bringing online education to the bottom of the pyramid. This project empowers and trains women to run after school programs that will not only create sustainable jobs, but also address critical educational and societal needs.
Team Youths4Change have created their social action project Envision in an effort to create solutions to the challenges that disabled youth in Cameroon face. Over 1 million people live with a disability in Cameroon, 80% of which are young people. Youth living with disabilities are shunned from society and do not have access to resources, education and opportunities. Starting with a group of over 200 youth, the Envision project will work in two centers to launch a mentoring and entrepreneurship program for disabled youth. We will continue working to make sure that society realizes once and for all that disability is not inability. Ultimately, our goal is to see youths of all abilities working side by side to benefit their communities.