The Hawaii-based nonprofit’s work increases opportunities for Native Hawaiians and Wai’anae Coast residents by developing the community’s rich natural, cultural and human resources.
Global Girl Media develops the voice and media literacy of teenage girls and young women in underserved communities by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to improve scholastic achievement, ignite community activism and spark social change.
Empowr works to uplift the Black community by creating the school-to-career pipeline. To combat racial wealth gaps and systems of inequality, Empowr’s comprehensive program teaches high-paying and in-demand skills to students to create a prosperous and equitable future. The organization creates culturally relevant curricula and works with partners to ensure all of their students obtain jobs upon graduation.
See Stories’ mission is to build inclusive communities with film and story. The organization works to ensure that diverse Alaskans and youth are given the media skills to craft stories that better represent the Alaska they know. See Stories leads documentary film and podcast workshops for teens, empower teachers to lead multimedia projects in their classrooms and share student-produced media with the public to foster a more inclusive Alaskan story and community.
The Chicago-based nonprofit’s mission is to promote the positive development of at-risk youth by providing unique opportunities to enhance their academic, social and emotional intelligence through hands-on exposure to the arts, STEM, Trades and mental health. The Brown House Experience offers both in-person and virtual programs for youth. Their virtual programs have reached youth all over the Chicagoland area, Las Vegas and Texas. They currently provide mentoring, after-school programming, trade skills, STEM lessons, art workshops, mental health workshops, behavior management workshops, community events, restorative justice, field trips and interactive mobile stations.
Located in Phoenix, AZ; Wilmington, DE and Nashville, TN, The Precision Institute works with under/unemployed neurodiverse adults, ages 18+ years, with a HS diploma or GED, who are impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities overcome barriers to employment. They partner with local nonprofits, government agencies and employers to assist in the support and fulfillment of their mission.
Big Picture Alliance’s mission is to empower Philadelphia youth to define their own narrative through filmmaking and digital media by providing them with transformative learning experiences to have their voices heard and reach their full potential. They offer a pathway of school, summer and workforce programs that provide youth with the tools they need to tell their own stories and the skills they need to succeed in school, life and career. Through partnerships with schools, industry and cultural institutions, Big Picture Alliance brings project-based programs into classrooms and communities across Philadelphia.
Pockets Change's mission is to build intergenerational financial resilience with students, families and educators. Their belief is that financial education is about much more than numbers, it’s a means for self-care and social justice. Through hip hop pedagogy, which focuses on understanding self-identity in relation to the whole, their programs occur in classrooms and communities where learners face individual challenges as well as institutional barriers.
Heart and Soul Design Center (HAS Center) is a 501(c) 3 youth and community based organization designed to be a pillar in the community for resources, programs, and training. Our Mission is to use multimedia and other programming to create a platform to promote education, training, exposure, social advancements, and opportunities. We offer these services with the intention of providing job skills, life-long learning skills, and an overall support network to increase self-confidence.
Making photographs transforms people’s lives. For eight decades, the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) has done just that. We teach photography to and exhibit work by people from a broad range of under-resourced communities. Our program participants include children in culturally diverse and low-income neighborhoods; immigrant and refugee teens; youth and adults with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities; military veterans; vulnerable seniors; and people of all ages living in public housing. We show their photography in public spaces and places, including cafes, libraries, galleries, streets, and parks—both in the communities where they live, study, or work and outside their neighborhoods, where they may draw larger, more diverse audiences to their work.
TA98 is a nonprofit organization that tackles unemployment by providing young adults with meaningful career development. TA98 serves youth of color ages 16-24 who reside in Chicago—with the majority coming from the city’s south, west, and northwest side communities. Through their programs, youth are able to hone in on their interests by creating projects and organizing events that utilize creative skills such as photography, graphic design and digital marketing. They also provide coaching and the safe space necessary for youth to further explore their passions and identities.
STEM Greenhouse’s mission is to grow STEM proficiency in vulnerable children to cultivate education and career success. The organization serves K-12 students, in low-income, minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, Michigan and targets schools that lack science teachers or adequate support for STEM education in the classroom. The organization offers a number of programs, including its signature afterschool program, STEM Scholars.
By developing and offering creative educational programs that are inclusive and accessible, and that promote excellence and empower youth to strive toward their highest potential, New Era Creative Space is on a mission to nurture the next generation of visionary thinkers. Through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of local organizations, artists and families, New Era Creative Space delivers programs that are creative, experiential, promote problem solving skills, social emotional learning and a sense of citizenship.
The Firehouse Dream provides mentoring in film, photography, social media strategy and brand identity, along with financial wellness workshops and resume and narrative writing within communities that identify as BIPOC located in the Proviso District and Chicago. These mentorships aim to teach the next generation of creatives who have experienced disinvestment to challenge the starving artist narrative and help them know that the industry is thriving yet significantly underrepresented.
Totem Star has become a place for those artists to build life skills in critical thinking through their creative pursuits in music production and performance, communication and collaboration. This creates an environment for young recording artists to thrive in a community that is inclusive and encourages them to learn about music production and performance. The Totem Star Studio program empowers artists to compose and record original songs. The Stage program gives artists an opportunity to perform at open mics that they plan, promote and produce. The Story program is a unique monthly program where youth can attend panels and connect with culturally relevant guest artists and other industry professionals.
Reading Quest's mission is to offer children who are significantly below grade level in reading in the Santa Fe community the opportunity to substantially improve their ability and confidence. Reading Quest does this by providing individual and group tutoring services that are tailored to give the children the best chance to build confidence in themselves socially and academically.
What started as a small after-school program serving 50 students has grown to provide students opportunities far beyond the initial offerings. The programs that Youth Beats offer include animation, film and television training, all taught by accomplished industry professionals. There are also summer programs, giving students yet further opportunity to learn and grow.