Ruby and Laya are back for their second year to expand on last year’s mission to help the homeless in their Baltimore, MD community. This year they have decided to mentor the first graders from the McDonogh Elementary School to help them collectively provide essential clothing, hygiene kits, and food. Due to the large success of their project last year, Ruby is confident that with your support they can expand their reach and impact, changing the lives of the homeless and the first graders in this pay-it-forward model of community service!
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.
Armenia has the highest unemployment rate among youth 15-24 years old in the world – total: 57.6%, male: 47.2%, female: 69.4%. The statistics for young people who are willing to leave Armenia and not come back are: 18-19 years old: 36.8%, 20-24 years old: 39%, 25-30 years old: 34.3%. With our project we hope to lessen these numbers and instead raise the employability of young people in our country. Furthermore, we would like to promote entrepreneurial activity and encourage young people to realize creative and effective business and social projects for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of their communities.
Over 200,000 children in Russia are housed and living in orphanages, and only 1 in 10 orphanage graduates become a productive member of society. Team Dream City Moscow, in Moscow, Russia, decided to not only create an awareness campaign about the problem but also create a long term social action project that included a pilot program with activities engaging the community and committed volunteers that could be implemented in several orphanages.
The Youth Happiness Team lives on First Nations Reserves in British Columbia, Canada, located in the Nemiah Valley. They are one of the only First Nations Reserves that have succeeded in preserving their culture and sustaining economical friendly development on the land. The Xeni Gwetin have struggled to protect their beautiful lakes and their Wild Horse Preserve and to keep their sacred land from being developed, so that it can be preserved for the next generations. The youth decided to create a social action project that creates community building to support a dialogue and mentorship between the Elders and the young people in order to increase skills in their tradition, culture, and entrepreneurship for the youth.
Our society is creating unsustainable amounts of trash and pollution. Too many kids and adults fail to realize the impact their consumer choices have on the environment and human health. Manufacturers need to be more responsible for the waste they create, and lawmakers need to make them accountable. How do we begin to think "beyond waste?" Meet the Wa$te Ed Team committed to helping individuals learn about the power of consumer choice, voting with your dollars, and how policy changes through civic engagement with local entities can make a difference not only on a local level but on a global scale as well.