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Social change organization Stand Together is calling on Americans to “Donate the Difference”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 novembre 2018

Of their holiday savings toward organizations that are working to help break the cycle of poverty in their communities. Through its Make It Count campaign, Stand Together will match all donations toward any of the 100+ organizations in its national network, doubling dollars and expanding impact. The campaign spotlights and benefits more than 50 funding opportunities for social entrepreneurs across the country that Stand Together has recognized for demonstrating their ability to solve the nation’s toughest problems and help people improve their lives.“Through the Make It Count initiative, people have the opportunity to learn about and donate to some of the most effective and creative community-based organizations across the country,” said Evan Feinberg, executive director, Stand Together. “We’re on a mission to break the cycle of poverty by supporting and building a network of the most innovative and effective nonprofits committed to building strong and safe communities. We hope people will consider supporting these organizations that are doing real, meaningful work so that we can match and double the difference.”In the network is Cafe Momentum, a Dallas-based, restaurant and culinary training facility transforming the lives of young people who have spent time in juvenile facilities. Chad Houser, founder and CEO of Café Momentum, leads an operation to provide the kids a positive environment, paid internship that involves intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support.“Everything we do in this restaurant is designed to build momentum so that when these kids leave they are on a trajectory to meet their full potential. We believe in them and we want to empower them to define themselves and their future,” Houser said. “This is our way of trying to fix the problems with the criminal justice system. While about half of the kids released from juvenile facilities in Texas end up back there within a year, 85 percent of our kids never go back.”Americans are expected to spend more than $7 billion this Black Friday. On Cyber Monday, Stand Together will call on online shoppers to also donate a portion of their purchase savings. In 2017, online transactions in the U.S. reached a record $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday. That same year, on Giving Tuesday, initiatives raised more than $274 million from more than 2.5 million contributions.

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Songs to inspire social change

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 agosto 2016

songsCHONGON, Ecuador — Near the coast of southeastern Ecuador, which runs along the South Pacific Ocean, lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop.Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha’i-inspired educational programs. The aim of the workshop is to produce music on themes relevant to the lives of adolescents, give voice to their noble sentiments, and reinforce standards to which they aspire.”In our work with adolescents, we often help them to reflect on the impact of negative social forces on their lives, including through some popular music. But these conversations can be disheartening if we are not able to offer any positive alternatives, “said Monica Solano, one of the workshop organizers.In this connection, the series of gatherings in Chongon has generated music that provides young people with an alternative to the prevalent messages in much of popular music today.”With each workshop, we are trying more and more to reflect the voice of the youth,” explained Katty Scoggin, another of the workshop organizers. “We aim to create lyrics and melodies touching on concepts that appeal to people’s higher nature and that speak to the reality of the lives of youth at the same time.” (foto: songs)

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