Teenagers and Teenage Issues
The mission of the Bell Community Empowerment Foundation is to educate people about the Foster Adopt Programs in our home state of Arizona, nationally, in North America and globally … to ensure that every child has a loving family through whom to create and build a well-lived life!
Las Vegas, NV
Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons, Inc. d/b/a FFIP, is an 18-year old non-profit organization that has been created in direct response to the growing number of people incarcerated in the United States. FFIP offers services to adults and children who have been affected by having a loved one in the prison system and provides an opportunity to obtain and share information in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Services include support group meetings, email, phone calls, website containing resources and information, Facebook, workshops, and holiday events. FFIPs’ goals are to continue helping people across the U.S. by creating FFIP chapters, creating permanent space for meetings, events, support and to provide information, and to provide transportation so families can visit their loved ones in prison.
There are over two million people in the U.S.that are incarcerated, however there over four million more that are sitting in jails waiting to be sentenced or on parole or probation. That’s over six million people affected by mass incarceration. When someone is incarcerated it affects much more than that one person, it also affects their families and their community. Whether someone is sentenced to six weeks or six years or longer, their family is serving the sentence with them; the only difference is that they’re serving it on the outside. Some families feel shame and suffer from depression. People may stop talking to them or may not let their children play with their children. Nobody should feel alone, and nobody should have to serve the hidden sentence alone.
The mission of Handability is to create positive self-esteem and sense of community through craft by joining skilled crafters with individuals to share their skills and art, such as knitting and crochet.
In everything we do, we believe in a world where students can make better decisions for more healthy outcomes.
Paradise Valley, Arizona
To help low-income children, particularly homeless, foster, and orphan children and youth, achieve success and fulfillment and give back.
Helping kids has a three-generation history in Anne’s family. When an orphanage in which she had an interest folded, her grandfather took in five orphans and brought them up, with the help of her grandmother and aunt. As a little girl, Anne helped bathe, dress, and feed baby orphans at a children’s home and school her parents founded in rural New Mexico. A few years ago, one of those orphans paid her a surprise visit in Wisconsin.
Since starting her fund in 2004, Anne has volunteered with or supported a number of organizations for at-risk children, either personally or through the fund. “But,” she says, “I want to help more children.” Getting money to do this was the purpose of her World Record climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015 as an 85-years-young great-grandmother. It’s not as absurd as it sounds. Anne says, “I’m not a professional climber, but I have always loved hiking.” At 76, Anne climbed Pikes Peak and four other mountains over 14,000 feet. She has climbed mountains in the western United States and Mexico, as well as Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the pyramid in Mexico City.
In 2019, Anne plans to be the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, again to benefit children and youth through building her foundation. She continues to train by climbing Mummy Mountain daily with her little dog, as well as other mountains around Arizona. Just before going to Africa, she plans to spend time in Colorado to acclimate to a higher altitude and climb taller peaks. Anne comments, “If I combine my love of climbing mountains with my passion for helping kids, what could be better?”
1. Children and youth will be shown their options and given the tools to succeed.
2. Children and youth will be given financial literacy classes to prepare them for success and other classes in line with their interests.
3. Children and youth will be educated in health and fitness and be encouraged to engage in outdoor activities.
4. Children and youth will be supported in seeking higher education or vocational training as suited.
5. Children and youth will be given personal and/or career mentors to help them reach their goals.
6. Scholarships for music, business, and advanced education will be offered.
7. Successful children and youth will pay it forward as volunteers or with donations.
1. Founder and team will undertake various appropriate endeavors to gain attention and money for the Fund. Founder will set a new record in 2019 as the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
2. Experts will be identified and acquired for marketing and publicity.
3. Funds will be audited carefully to inspire confidence in the fund and its projects.
4. Appropriate and necessary reports will be prepared, filed, and disseminated.
5. The World Record will be documented and publicized to gain favorable attention and support.
6. Founder will speak whenever appropriate to raise attention and funds.
7. DVDs of the documentary and other items will be available for sale to support the cause.
8. Work will continue in building green, community friendly storage units to provide ongoing funds.
9. Four teens will be sponsored for CEOSpace Teen Program annually with full scholarships.
Long Beach, CA
Melanie Washington is someone who experienced God and speaks of God to each and every one of us, especially those of us who despise ourselves, despise the Bible and have given up on ourselves. She speaks to those of us who are struggling through the grudges we hold, especially in areas that are very hurtful and hard to touch, areas with the most painful scars. Through sharing her personal experience of forgiving the unforgivable such as the murder of her dearest loved ones and sexual abuse from different family members, she has been an open book. With regal grace, Melanie speaks from her heart with complete vulnerability and authenticity while sharing her real experience of wrestling with God. It can be easily related by each and every one of us. Whether you are struggling with something that you can’t forgive, trying to hide it or pretend that you have already forgiven, listening to Melanie will give you the courage and power to face yourself and confront what you have not forgiven. You will find the power to truly forgive and have the freedom to truly live and love.
Melanie Washington leads a ministry for youth in prison by inspiring them to forgive and love themselves and experience the forgiveness and love of God. Her ministry is called Mentoring A Touch from Above. It means that the true mentoring is through knowing God and experiencing God as love. She speaks at churches and in youth organizations throughout the world, inspiring everyday people to forgive, to live, and to love.
MILL VALLEY, CA
Prancing Ponies Foundation’s mission is ‘Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’.
There are millions of organizations that service the ‘cradle to college’ path however, very few focus on the ‘college to career’ transition which is most critical to ensuring girls are prepared to step into corporate leadership roles as quickly as possible.
We provide 3rd year STEM girls the training to accelerate their careers into leadership positions. The training provided would normally take girls 5 – 8 years to learn on the job. We no longer want our girls to waste this time, so we train them before they graduate college on:
• How to run an affective meeting
• Preparing and give presentations
• Managing a budget and analyze a P&L
• Negotiating their salary
• …and receive monthly mentoring for the rest of their lives
In 2015, Prancing Ponies Foundation began with the goal to teach 1000 girls leadership skills by 2020, we will accomplish this goal through 4 programs:
Acceleration Workshops (Jan 2019): Held quarterly, these interactive workshops will provide our Academy graduates continuing education supporting their accelerated career growth to corporate leadership roles.
Champions Mentoring Program (Feb 2019): Allow mentors to register and provide detailed profiles for the areas in which they can help to create strong mentor/mentee relations.
3rd annual summer Leadership Acceleration Academy & Internship (June 2019): Graduates receive help with company placement, life-long mentoring and educational support.
Online Leadership Academy for high school girls (Sep 2019): This high school club takes the curriculum from our summer Academy and brings it to classrooms and after-school programs and allows us to reach thousands of underserved girls nationally.
Our dream is to see 250 Women CEOs running S&P 500 companies. We believe we can change the numbers of Women represented in leadership from a decrease of 25% in 2018 to an increase of 50% in the next 10 years.
The Prancing Ponies Academy is free to all accepted girls. This includes housing, stipends, technology, transportation, and other critical items. Support us today and watch your investment grow into a future Woman Leader!
San Jose,, CA
About Unplanned Good
We promote adoption as a positive option for those facing unplanned pregnancies. Open adoption can be so very good (and beautiful!) for all involved but all too often, young women think they have only two options; abortion or single parenting.
Unplanned Good is reaching out to both teens and their parents, to let them know that adoption is an option. Studies have shown that girls are 50% more likely to see their pregnancy through and make an adoption plan when an adult suggests this path. We reach both audiences through social media, newsletters, conference workshops and speaking engagements. We try to get adult mentors, teachers and parents to suggest adoption, and we try to get young women to consider this option when facing unplanned pregnancy. The testimonials on our web site are there to give them more information about open adoption today.
Please visit our site at www.UnplannedGood.org/ and encourage others to see it. Read the heartfelt personal stories there. You, too, will be convinced about the beauty of open adoption.
United States of America
We Help Underprivileged Kids in Latin America become Entrepreneurs Using their Local Resources.
At Wisdom for Kids, we pride ourselves with our relentless dedication to our primary mission of helping underprivileged kids in Latin America become entrepreneurs by using their local resources.
The Foundation is made up of volunteers, called Angels, that:
Identify pockets of kids in need that are in depressed areas
Group the kids into two different age groups
Look for a place to gather with all those kids – with their parents-, in the largest number possible
Deliver one 2 hour session on Entrepreneurship every week to the kids – New groups every week are a priority –
Find two additional Angels to be responsible for
Onboard and trains them to do the same
The two-hour training sessions are conducted with the highest energy levels and motivation in order to inspire the kids. Music, dance, games, physical activities, and storytelling are just some of the techniques that are being used. The sessions inspire the kids to become entrepreneurs using easily accessible resources, with the support of their parents.
The goal of Wisdom for Kids is to Change Latin America through their children:
81 Million kids living in poverty today, which makes up almost 51% of all children in Latin America
22 Million of them have almost no access to drinking water at all
In rural areas,
3 out of 4 kids live in poverty (in urban areas, only 1 out of 4)
90% of indigenous populations are poor
The higher the number of children per home is, the more poverty they’re subjected to.
Contact: Angel RIBO, CEO
Phone number: +1 469 412 6355
San Francisco, CA
Our mission is to connect underrepresented youth to the ocean and themselves through surfing. We use surfing as a vehicle to teach: respect for nature, healthy living and personal growth. We hope to increase pro-social behavior for SF youth by partnering with public schools to start surfing programs.