GOOD Maker Challenge Winners: 5 Nonprofits That Are Changing Young Lives (Part 2)

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Recently, we asked our community to nominate youth-focused nonprofits to participate in the Give for Youth Challenge on GOOD Maker. Give for Youth, a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with GlobalGiving, helps nonprofits reach new donors and crowd fund for their projects.

The community voted and selected the top 20 organizations, and each now has the opportunity to fundraise on Give for Youth. From March 18 to 27, Microsoft will match funds raised up to $100,000 across the 20 featured organizations. Now is your chance to help bring their projects to life. By making a donation on Give for Youth, you are supporting young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Take a look at five of the top twenty finishers, and be sure to check back as we continue to highlight the inspiring organizations you voted for.

Global Concerns Classroom


Global Concerns Classroom (GCC) works to educate and inspire young leaders, advocates and change-makers. An education program of Concern Worldwide, GCC provides student engagement programs to “prepare youth to be globally competent for the workforce and to be innovative in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges such as hunger, child labor, women’s rights, and more.” Through funding GCC hopes to develop a mobile app, which will enable more students to engage with their global issue guides. Learn more about GCC and their student opportunities here.

To donate now, click here.

Y.O.G.A for Youth


Y.O.G.A for Youth was the top voted submission with their project Be the Change. Through this project, the organization hopes to address “some of the major components associated with bullying.” Committed to alleviating bullying, they hope to teach life skills and relaxation techniques to young kids in schools, community centers and juvenile detention centers. Take a look at their submission here to learn more about how they want to combat bullying.

To donate now: click here.

Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation

Through their RiverKids program the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation offers youth an environmental awareness and education experience. Through hands-on activities RiverKids teaches young people how to protect water resources and natural surroundings. Through funding they hope to expand their program to have “more young people committed to protecting, stewarding, and improving the water resources and natural environment in their communities.” Learn more here about how RiverKids are protecting waterways.

To donate now, click here.

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy


Through their specific Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI), the Center for Arab American Philanthropy “teaches high school students about community issues, grantmaking, nonprofit management, communication and community leadership.” Through this program, TGI offers grants to student groups that support education and health initiatives. The youth in the TGI program fundraise in their own neighborhoods and also learn to make important decisions surrounding social issues in their communities. Learn more here about how TGI is helping youth serve their local areas.

To donate now, click here.

Embrace It Africa, Inc.

Embrace It Africa, Inc. (EIA), is a relatively young organization, established in 2009, which works to develop sustainable programs around poverty, education and HIV/AIDS in southern Uganda. Focusing their work in the Rakai district, EIA hopes to help students graduating from their sponsorship program become entrepreneurs by giving them the means to start their own business. Through funding EIA wants create business development classes for youth and distribute loans. Learn more about their program here.

To donate now, click here.

This is the second post in a series of four. Take a look at the first post here. You can donate to any of the causes above, as well as others from the Give for Youth GOOD Maker challenge here.

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