Ralitsa Rano, Multicultural Leadership Project, Impact Grant 2016

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The Multicultural Leadership Project empowers refugee and immigrant youth in Aurora, Colorado. Through the program, high school students of all cultural and religious backgrounds share personal experiences, develop skills and assume leadership roles within their school community. The participation in this leadership initiative allows refugee and immigrant youth to voice and process their own cultural adjustment challenges and grow from them. The community projects will focus on helping their newly-arrived peers feel welcomed and supported in their adjustment to a new school, culture and home in the United States.

LaTy Banks, Teaching Youth Song Writing & Music Production Workshop, Impact Grant 2016

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The Teaching Youth Song Writing & Music Production Workshop encourages building healthy attitudes and fostering positive communication and behaviors in at risk, low income youth through music. The program helps to activate student's inner strengths, gifts and abilities by giving them a positive forum and outlets for creative self expression. Impact Grant funding will be used to run new sessions of the workshop in several group homes, schools, and in collaboration with community organizations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County.

Kansiime Honest Fortunate, Girls to Lead Africa, Impact Grant 2016

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Girls to Lead Africa's Vision is to increase the number of leaders who consider leadership to be about the next generation and not just the next election. GTLA’s mission is to nurture female student leaders who are generational thinkers. We believe that a change in the view of the role of leadership right from school where leadership training begins, will be the first step to alter the paradigm of the current leadership crisis. We groom Leaders who make the school better for the next cohort of students to thrive.

Austin Tunnell, Kuchunguza Institute, Impact Grant 2016

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Kuchunguza is an educational institute in Uganda that focuses on tech and entrepreneurship. We teach individuals the computer and business skills, coupled with leadership, health, and human rights training, that enable them to change their own circumstances and become a change-maker in their communities.

Adam Rubin & Uswege Mwakapango, RENEW, Impact Grant 2016

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We are living in the world full of faults and issues that end up on causing pain, depression and anxiety; a world where our children grow up not loving themselves because of bullying and labeling; a world where our inner potential is lost into an education that focuses on facts and not in developing a person. RENEW brings personal growth and development into the classrooms. With this fund, RENEW will provide 3 schools in Arizona with RENEW workshops and help them discover their potential, step into their power and start living their dreams from an early age.

Yaminah Childress, DREAM Mentoring Program, Impact Grant 2016

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The DREAM Mentoring Program empowers at-risk youth to become their best selves through mentoring, educational support, life-skill training, art, and cultural immersion. The Impact Grant funds will be used for a community outreach and fundraising initiative that will spread awareness about the program, encourage volunteerism, and sustain operations to further impact our most valuable resources, our youth!

Tracie Pouliot, Chair City Community Workshop, Impact Grant 2016

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The Chair City Community Workshop is a public letterpress and bookbinding workshop that combines oral history, art, book-making, industry, celebrations, and dialog to engage a diverse range of community members to address the many issues our community faces in the wake of deindustrialization. The heart of this project is to honor working class identity. The funds will be focused on leadership development amongst working class people, expanded Workshop hours and community involvement, and a pilot program to create a self-funding arm of the project in which we offer our artistic and printing services to non-profit organizations on a sliding scale.