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The mission of CREATE ACTION is to amplify the efforts of local organizations through funding, storytelling, and collaboration with Sony
The mission of CREATE ACTION is to amplify the efforts of local organizations through funding, storytelling, and collaboration with Sony
Pockets Change
Brooklyn, NY

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.

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"Building financial resilience through Hip Hop pedagogy. Financial education is more than numbers, it’s a tool for self-care and social justice. It all starts with talking about money together. As teachers, finance professionals, and community builders, we’re passionate about cultivating financial resilience for all ages."
Pockets Change
CLICK HERE to visit Pockets Change online.
Heart and Soul Design Center
Los Angeles, CA

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.  

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"Heart and Soul Center’s objective is to provide underserved communities with affordable quality production services, create employment opportunities and introduce them to the world of innovative digital technology."
Heart and Soul Design Center
CLICK HERE to visit Heart and Soul Design Center online.
Josephine Herrick Project
New York, NY

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. 

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"We know that the impact of our work with most of those with whom we work is transformative. Over 2018, Josephine Herrick Project worked with a specialist evaluation consultant to better evaluate that impact. This is still very much a work in progress as is monitoring the impact of our students work on the public who see it."
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The Alliance98
Chicago, IL

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.

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CLICK HERE to visit The Alliance98 online.
STEM Greenhouse
Grand Rapids, MI

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.

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"It’s a metaphor for having a place where children can grow and learn as opposed to a lot of STEM programming that’s like a day of coding or a week-long STEM camp. Vulnerable children, children of color, really require more educational enrichment opportunities over a longer period of time. I wanted relationships that would last several years with these students, and I want them to be successful as they approach college."
Dr. Kelli Christopher
CLICK HERE to visit STEM Greenhouse online.
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New Era Creative Space
Peekskill, NY

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.

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"When I get out in the world it's not just about acting it's about how can I be a better human being to somebody else."
Ariana
CLICK HERE to visit New Era Creative Space online.
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The Firehouse Dream
Maywood, IL

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.

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"Just being around so many other people who had so much passion, motivation for what they love to do really just inspired me to do the same."
Amie
CLICK HERE to visit The Firehouse Dream online.
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Totem Star
Seattle, WA

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.

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"Our voices have power and we have seen proof of this through our art and social media presence. We are the target because we are the future. Mobilizing can be done in more ways than before and the youth are the ones who are finding new ways. We have to be there and show up."
Amina
CLICK HERE to visit Totem Star online.
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Reading Quest
Sante Fe, NM

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. 

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"Reading Quest changed my life by getting me in a state of mind that nothing's impossible, ever impossible; they give you that courage and they unlock something that you never knew you had."
Braulio
CLICK HERE to visit Reading Quest online.
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Youth Beat
Oakland, CA

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.

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"Youth Beat is training the future creators, creators that we need in the entertainment and media industry. We're providing a career pipeline for Oakland youth to express themselves and gain employable skills that allow them to reach for their dreams and succeed."
Jake Schoneker
CLICK HERE to visit Youth Beat online.
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