Good Causes

Project AMPLIFI supports small non-profit organizations by raising their public visibility, providing access to new supporters, and producing music-based events on behalf of select organizations. 

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Bay Localize

Mission Statement: We inspire and support Bay Area residents in building equitable, resilient communities. We confront the challenges of climate instability, rising energy costs, and recession by boosting our region's capacity to provide for everyone's needs, sustainably and equitably. We achieve this by equipping local leaders with flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities.

Description: The goal is clear. Reaching it means coming to terms with climate change, our addiction to oil, and deep social inequalities. Bay Localize creates innovative solutions for communities to meet basic needs in ways that harness local resources creatively, sustainably, and equitably. We catalyze change at the community level by providing tools to chart a path to resilience, and ramping up good models to scale through local policy change. Bay Localize focuses our work where we live in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, but our tools and models are replicated throughout the country and the world. Bay Localize believes that vibrant local economies and healthy communities are the answer to our growing challenges. They are the best safeguard against global insecurity, an essential part of achieving social equity, and a vital way to enrich our day-to-day lives. Join Bay Localize in creating a hopeful and vibrant future for us all.

Website: www.baylocalize.org/

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At The Crossroads

Mission Statement: The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives.

Description: Our model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. We work with young people who others have given up on, who would not get help without us. We remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets, and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client. Our goal is to help our clients build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.

Website: www.atthecrossroads.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

At The Crossroads is an organization in San Francisco that reaches out to homeless youth at their point of need and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives.

We are huge fans of Party Corps! We were recently the beneficiary of Party Corps' November concert, and we couldn't have been happier with the event!

Coordinating the event with Alexis and Olivia  and the rest of the Party Corps team was a joy - they are enthusiastic, organized leaders who are passionate about connecting people with good music and important causes in the community.

The concert was not only packed with incredible talent - Carolyn Malachi's performance was absolutely amazing, and guests enjoyed dancing to Señor Oz's DJ mix - but the event also gave us a unique opportunity to share about At The Crossroads and the young people we work with. 

Thank you, Party Corps, for your creativity, enthusiasm and community-building!

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I work with At The Crossroads, an organization in San Francisco that reaches out to homeless youth at their point of need and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. 

We are huge fans of Party Corps! We were recently the beneficiary of Party Corps' November concert, and we couldn't have been happier with the event!

Coordinating the event with Alexis and Olivia  and the rest of the Party Corps team was a joy - they are enthusiastic, organized leaders who are passionate about connecting people with good music and important causes in the community.

The concert was not only packed with incredible talent - Carolyn Malachi's performance was absolutely amazing, and guests enjoyed dancing to Señor Oz's DJ mix - but the event also gave us a unique opportunity to share about At The Crossroads and the young people we work with. 

Thank you, Party Corps, for your creativity, enthusiasm and community-building!

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Global Glimpse

Mission Statement: Global Glimpse works to inspire America's next generation to become responsible global citizens.

Description: Global Glimpse partners with 35 majority low income Bay Area public high schools to provide 500 high school juniors annually with after-school workshops and a transformative three-week immersion experience in the developing world. Our school-based program develops global competence, social responsibility, and youth leadership, inspiring and empowering youth to become agents of change in their local communities and in the greater global community. Global Glimpse has developed an innovative and effective grassroots model that leverages public high school educators to make experiential education abroad accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The model is highly scalable, and we are committed to working on the district level to shift the climate and culture in public high schools to support greater global awareness and youth engagement.

Website: www.globalglimpse.org

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Girls Leadership Institute

Mission Statement: The Girls Leadership Institute is changing the face of leadership. We inspire girls to be true to themselves by teaching the practices of emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships, giving girls the skills and confidence to live as leaders.

Description: For ten years, the Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) has awakened thousands of girls to a life of authentic leadership. Co-founded by bestselling author and girl-expert Rachel Simmons, we are a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing transformational programs to girls, their parents, and their educational communities. At GLI, we offer camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression. Taught by professional, salaried instructors, all GLI programs use interactive lessons and theatre-based techniques to help girls connect with their emotions and practice the tools of building healthy, authentic relationships. The courses are age-appropriate and progressive, following girls’ developmental needs from grade school through high school.

Website: www.girlsleadership.org

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GirlVentures

Mission Statement: GirlVentures is a unique Bay Area nonprofit that empowers adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventure and leadership courses. GirlVentures deliberately recruits Bay Area girls from a variety of backgrounds, helping them to Live Healthy, Relate Wisely and Lead Confidently. Two-thirds of girls on each course come from low- to middle-income families and receive partial or full scholarships to participate. Our school year and summer courses build connections with our natural environment, as well as confidence and character that girls bring back to their lives at home, in school and in the community.

Description: Our courses connect youth with the outdoors through 7-14 day expeditions that are enticing and accessible. Complete with transportation, top quality gear, healthy food, professional, fun and compassionate instructors, and a robust curriculum, our appropriately challenging adventures engage youth in discovering their inner fortitude and realizing they are capable of so much more than they thought. These extended periods in nature with intentional reflections (sola time, daily writing, etc.) help girls find their place in the natural environment and begin to feel sustained and nurtured by it. Girls are often astounded to realize the beauty and wonder in their ‘backyard’ when they round the bend on their hike out of Point Reyes and see both the breathtaking ocean vista behind them and the skyline of San Francisco/home in front of them. These experiences foster a sense of stewardship and a desire to protect their new-found friend: mother nature. Curriculum along the way reinforces their discoveries about how connected we are with the land & waterways as we discuss LNT ethics and witness our own impact. Our approach is strength-based, affording girls the time and space to take healthy risks, both physical and emotional. Girls learn to trust and support themselves and one another while kayaking, backpacking, rock-climbing and more. Girls go back to school, home and their communities with a renewed sense of confidence, character and connection with nature. From self-care to alliance building; from creative expression, to leadership and decision-making; from technical skills, to teambuilding; a connection with the environmental is woven throughout our courses.

Website: www.girlventures.org

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Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco. Inc.

Mission Statement: Mission: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. is a youth development and empowerment organization rooted in community service and advocacy. Culturally competent and linguistically sensitive programs are driven by the needs of our youth and reflect the diversity of the population serviced. Horizons primary goal is to engage, educate, and inspire youth.

Description: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. (Horizons), is a community based organization, located in the northeast sector of the Mission District; and has historically been a major point of access for Latino native, immigrant, newcomer, and other youth of color and their families. Horizons was established in 1965 by a small group of community individuals to provide employment and education opportunities for at risk youth. In the 1970’s Horizons provided job readiness services through Federal work programs, and began to offer substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment services in 1985, gender specific services (for young women) in 1994, youth specific employment services in 1990; entrepreneurial services in 2000, and gender specific (for young men) in 2008. Horizons has a history of providing culturally competent high appeal programs, that are based on Horizons theory of change (which is predicated on the notion that change is only possible when it is envisioned and desired, is tied to a personal belief system, celebrates cultural values and traditions, understands and considers risk factors and incorporates appropriate protective factors, and uses assets as a means for attainment of client driven goal), evidenced and community best practices, and youth development and leadership principles that promotes inclusiveness and youth becoming stakeholders in their own success. It has been our intention to unite and prioritize the health of Latino and other youth of color and their families who have been exposed to violence and trauma, yet lack access to, and face stigmatization in seeking prevention and treatment services.

Website: www.horizons-sf.org

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Children's Creativity Museum

Mission Statement: The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. Our mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. We believe that the ability to think critically, collaborate broadly, communicate effectively and generate and prototype multiple solutions, is the core of a 21st-century education. We envision a world where creativity, collaboration and communication inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. We believe that the success of the next generation will hinge not only on what they know, but also on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.

Description: At the Children’s Creativity Museum, we are transforming the way kids learn. We move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention. We shift the focus from media consumption to media production. We promote collaboration over independence and engagement over isolation. These principles – combined with our educational approach that encourages kids to imagine, create and share – provide a new model for nurturing core 21st-century skills.

Website: www.creativity.org

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CHALK

Mission Statement: CHALK is a youth-led San Francisco project providing a range of youth services with a specific focus on transformative youth development and employment. CHALK trains and employs in-risk youth as front line service providers for their peers. Our philosophy is that young people can do anything with the appropriate amount of training and support. CHALK = Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids. CHALK is a program of Bay Area Community Resources, a regional nonprofit agency.

Description: Each year, CHALK employs and develops 50+ in-risk youth, ages 14-24. Youth receive over 100 hours of paid job and life skills training throughout their employment. Youth also receive ongoing case management and academic support. Half of the youth CHALK serves are on probation, and for those youth CHALK provides a court advocate to support them to meet their probationary requirements and ultimately get off of probation.

Website: www.chalk.org

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Street Soccer San Francisco

Mission Statement: Our mission is to improve health, education, and employment outcomes for the most disadvantaged Americans by using sports to transfer the skills necessary so that they can achieve these outcomes for themselves. We also seek to raise awareness about the challenges of poverty in America so that as a country we can develop a more level playing field for all.

Description: At Street Soccer USA, when we play, we play for more than just winning or losing. We play to better ourselves, to better our community, and to better the world. By growing street soccer in urban areas and building a positive community around the game, we believe we achieve just that.

Website: streetsoccerusa.org/san-francisco/

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Children's Council of San Francisco

Mission Statement: Children's Council of San Francisco is a child care resource and referral organization, connecting families to child care that meets their needs and working with parents, providers and community partners to make quality child care and early education a reality for all children in our city.

Description: Children’s Council of San Francisco is at the heart of San Francisco’s child care community. With a budget of $58 million, our services impact over 40,000 people per year, including children, families, and child care providers. We provide information and child care referrals in-person, on the phone and online—pulled from our database of 1,300 licensed child care providers—to more than 10,000 families per year. Children’s Council also recruits, trains, and supports the city’s population of child care providers, with the goals of expanding the supply and improving the quality of care. Each year, over 2,000 new and established providers participate in our trainings and professional development programs. Our team provides one-on-one coaching and support to those providers serving the lowest income children in the city. Our nutrition specialists also work with providers, educating them about healthy menus and wellness strategies and our team of early childhood mental health consultants help professional child care providers manage behavioral challenges and support the mental and emotional well-being of the children in their care.

Website: www.childrenscouncil.org

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LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center)

Mission Statement: LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Description: LYRIC envisions a diverse society where LGBTQQ youth are embraced for who they are and encouraged to be who they want to be. By working towards social justice and supporting young leaders, their families and allies, LYRIC is building a world that honors, respects and appreciates LGBTQQ youth and their contributions.

Website: www.lyric.org

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Amazing organization tying together good music, feel-good vibes, and philanthropy. 

I'm a staff member for LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, a San Francisco social justice organization partnering with and empowering queer youth). On a handful of occasions, we have been chosen as a beneficiary of the various innovative Party Corps initiatives (including Pop-Up Concerts for a Cause, connecting LYRIC to almost 10 other concert organizers).

I have experienced nothing but the warmest, most responsive, most professional interactions from everyone on Party Corps' staff. Plus, they always ensure agreements are thoughtfully constructed and seen through to the end.  

Party Corps' hearts (and money) are in it to win it. For us, as a small organization who depends on the generosity of our community to continue sustaining our work with young people, those kinds of intentions and concrete commitment are rare, invaluable, and so so appreciated.

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CommunityGrows, A Project of the Tides Center

Mission Statement: CommunityGrows mission is to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income communities. Our tagline is: Planting seeds...empowering youth.

Description: Altogether, CommunityGrows will serve more than 1,300 youth (ages 5 to 19) in 2013. We operate the following three inter-connected programs that provide educational enrichment, specifically environmental education, and encourage healthy behaviors. Environmental Education during the school day, after-school and during the summer. A Seed to Mouth Cooking program teaching healthy eating and cooking. A green jobs training program for teens 15-19 years.

Website: communitygrows.org

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Lauren's House 4 Positive Change Inc

Mission Statement: The mission of Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change Inc. is to offer the underprivileged youths ages 6-18 in San Mateo County: Mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, recreational sports, meals, transportation, enrichment outings, counseling and community service opportunities.

Description: Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change is committed to improving the education and well-being of our community’s children and youth. Lauren’s House works with at-risk, disadvantaged youth from East Palo Alto through programs on after-school education, summer education/enrichment, athletic activities, and youth development.

Website: LH4PC.org

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Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Mission Statement: Support for Families helps children with any kind of special need reach their full potential by ensuring that their families have information, education, and parent-to-parent support.

Description: Children who have disabilities need opportunities to grow and develop in the same way that all children do. But many families of children with special needs are confused by the complex service systems designed to help them, and they often feel isolated and worried about the challenges their children face. To help their children reach their potential, parents and caregivers need to have both knowledge and support. Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has provided information, education, and parent-to-parent support services free of charge to San Francisco families whose children have any kind of disability or special need. Many of our board and staff members are themselves parents of children with special needs.

Website: www.supportforfamilies.org

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Rooted In Community

Mission Statement: Rooted In Community's (RIC) mission is to be a vehicle for youth voice and power in the food justice movement. Our overarching goal is to support the work of young people, particularly youth of color, and their mentors in the food movement. We do this by creating a point of entry into the national food movement and providing resources and training to bolster work on the ground and in the policy arena.

Description: RIC is a national network of youth food justice leaders from low-income and communities of color dedicated to transforming their food systems to regenerate community health and economies. RIC unites young leaders at trainings, conferences, and coordinates campaigns to transform communities through food systems change, arts activism, and grassroots leadership. RIC creates space for youth to cultivate leadership and a heart of service that prepares them to be agents of prosperity through agriculture, business entrepreneurship, honoring sacred traditions, holistic health education, and community organizing.

Website: www.rootedincommunity.org, www.youthfoodbillofrights.com

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New Incentives

Mission Statement: To give money directly to poor individuals that is conditional upon improvement.

Description: Many of the world’s poorest people are stuck in a cycle of poverty. Living at the bottom of the economic ladder forces them to make choices between their survival today and a better future for tomorrow. To provide an escape to this vicious cycle, many communities have designed solutions that address this multifaceted problem with direct, conditioned, money transfers. New Incentives partners with these communities to fund their solutions. By making a transfer, you will not only be changing someone’s reality today and enabling them to invest in their futures. You will also be empowering communities to continue designing and administering the solutions they know work best.

Website: newincentives.org

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Little Opera

Mission Statement: The foundation of Little Opera is putting opera in the hands of children. Using real artists as models of artistic excellence, children and adult artists engage in the creation of original, all kid driven work. The result: A little opera. The vision of Little Opera is to create great humans through meaningful artistic experiences. Exploding the cultural assumption that opera is not for everyone, we believe that kids can create anything, and through creating, learn anything. We believe that good things happen when adults and children create work as equal partners, and that there is no great separation between work and play.

Description: Little Opera is a new all kids Opera Company in San Francisco that brings meaningful artistic experiences to children who would otherwise not have access to arts education. For seven months, Little Opera students spend three hours a week together creating an opera. From writing a story, to perfecting the libretto, composing music, designing and building sets and costumes, and performing the finished piece, students do it all. Every other session throughout the year features a master class taught by professional artists across a variety of disciplines. In this way, Little Opera students gain the skills needed to create their original work, while at the same time engaging with the professional arts community of the Bay Area.

Website: littleopera.org

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I am Founder and Direct of Little Opera, an all-kids opera company here in San Francisco. We were lucky enough to be contacted by Olivia at Party Corps last year, and were invited to be the beneficiaries of one of their fundraising concerts. As one of the earliest organizations they threw a party for, there weren't a huge number of people there. However, the event was very well run, with fantastic music to boot. I hope this organization explodes in popularity, because it deserves to.

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I am Founder and Direct of Little Opera, an all-kids opera company here in San Francisco. We were lucky enough to be contacted by Olivia at Party Corps last year, and were invited to be the beneficiaries of one of their fundraising concerts. As one of the earliest organizations they threw a party for, there weren't a huge number of people there. However, the event was very well run, with fantastic music to boot. I hope this organization explodes in popularity, because it deserves to.

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Old Skool Cafe

Mission Statement: Old Skool Café (OSC) is a faith- based, violence prevention program, providing jobs and training to youth, (with an emphasis on at-risk, urban youth) ages 16-22, at our 1940’s styled supper club. OSC confronts the epidemic of violence by providing at- risk and previously incarcerated and foster care youth with a variety of career opportunities that would normally not be afforded them.

Description: Our vision is a youth-led supper club that will employ youth in every area of the business, as paid youth apprentices. Our apprenticeships assist them in transforming their learned skills into formidable jobs in the market place. Our goal is to re-connect the village by working in collaboration with other community organizations, businesses and churches in order to provide youth with a web of support. This holistic approach addresses the variety of needs facing our youth and their families, helping to close the gaps that many young people slip through. Some of these services include the provision of intensive mentoring, life skills and professional development

Website: www.oldskoolcafe.org

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Playworks

Mission Statement: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Description: Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. At each partner school, Playworks places a well-trained and highly energetic coach who transforms recess from a chaotic and detrimental part of the school day into safe and inclusive place for kids to play and learn. Our 5-component program provides organized and inclusive recess activities, individual classes with teachers, a youth leadership and development program, after school programming and developmental sports leagues. As a result schools with Playworks have safer and more active students who are better equipped to solve conflicts peacefully, bullying is dramatically reduced, and students return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.

Website: playworks.org/eastbay

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One Degree

Mission Statement: One Degree is revolutionizing the way low-income families connect to poverty-fighting resources. With a web platform that's like a Yelp for nonprofits, information about community programs is aggregated in one place -- making it easy for low-income families to access critical life-saving resources. Imagine millions of people being able to access, rate, review and get information about their local resources, like food banks, employment services and afterschool programs. We are an award-winning nonprofit organization with plans for aggressive nationwide expansion. In addition to our do-gooder mission, deep down inside One Degree is a tech company focused on providing smart solutions to tough problems that have plagued our social safety net. Our goal is to eradicate poverty, and we need your talent to make this happen.

Description: Using our web and mobile platforms, we want to shift the power back to people in low-income communities by revolutionizing access to social services and democratizing the nonprofit industry. We will make information about local services available to all families and give them the ability to review quality of service. Our solution is to build the best-in-class and most trusted Yelp-like web and mobile application where anyone can access, review, and share information about local nonprofit resources. Food pantries, clinics, and after-school programs will all be accessible instantly. It will revolutionize the way teachers, counselors, nonprofit workers, families, and many others get up-to-date, user-generated information about social services.

Website: 1deg.org

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The Beat Within

Mission Statement: The Mission of The Beat Within is to provide youth in detention with a consistent and engaging opportunity to write about and share their ideas, feelings and life experiences in a safe space. The Beat program encourages literacy, authetic and appropriate communication, self-expression and self-reflection--all crucial to youth making informed choices, and the ability to articulate them. Thourgh the literary arts, The Beat offers a vehicle to self-awareness and self-esteem, critical to broadening the participants' scope of options for the future.

Description: The Beat Within staff and volunteers hold weekly writing and conversation workshops in many California county juvenile halls: San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Monterey, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Yolo. We also have some out of state participants from Maricopa Arizona, San Bernalillo New Mexico, Miami Florida, Portland, Oregon, Honolulu Hawaii, Washington DC. Each week The Beat facilitators work with up to 1000 detained youth in on site workshops. After the workshop, the writing and art is collected, typed, edited, and each piece is responded to. Every two weeks the printed magazine is distributed to the youth in the workshops.

Website: www.thebeatwithin.org

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Canal Alliance

Mission Statement: Canal Alliance helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive.

Description: Incorporated in 1982, Canal Alliance is a comprehensive community resource center that helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants from the greater Marin through access to health and social services, youth development, economic security, and citizenship. We provide the full spectrum of immigrant integration initiatives under one roof—from basic services to systemic solutions. No other single organization offers Marin’s immigrant community the breadth of services that we do. Canal Alliance services address all barriers to immigrant integration faced by our clients, and our cutting edge evaluation processes allow us to clearly measure progress toward integration. Our bilingual, bi-cultural staff are unrivaled in their ability to understand the needs of Marin’s low-income immigrant populations, and are highly networked with public agencies and community providers to ensure immigrants are connected to appropriate services. Serving the community for 30 years, we have earned the trust of immigrants as a cornerstone organization in the Canal neighborhood.

Website: http://www.canalalliance.org/

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Each One Reach One

Mission Statement: EORO believes that youth behind bars are children, first and foremost; that one-on-one mentoring through the creative act of playwriting, painting, academic tutoring and life skills workshops provides the best way to positively influence and change the image that both incarcerated youth and society hold of them. Using the arts and education, EORO is transforming the lives of youth behind bars in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties to assist them on the path to becoming successful adults and in breaking the cycle of violence that entraps so many of their peers.

Description: Since 1997, Each One Reach One (EORO) has remained dedicated to its mission to divert incarcerated youth from a life in prison, to become productive community members through mentor-based performing arts and academic tutoring programs, serving over 1,850 youth and engaging over 3,500 community members. EORO’s roots were planted in the exploration of theater-based strategies that could effectively break the cycle of violence and divert youth, particularly young men of color, from the adult prison system. EORO was founded as an arts advocacy organization to divert incarcerated youth and youth on probation from a life in prison. Since its inception, EORO has expanded to become a cutting edge education, arts, and health/wellness detention based program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Website: www.eoro.org

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EarthTeam

Mission Statement: Building the Next Step in Environmental Education: using the environment as a context for learning our commitment is to increase environmental literacy and service-learning project opportunities to help students become critical thinkers, informed decision makers, and environmental leaders for the future.

Description: Our Sustainable Youth Development Program is aimed at developing and implementing high quality environmental education content standards in participating Title 1 public schools. Our goal is to provide as many youth as possible with in-class support and out-of-class project experiences that offer students the inspiration, knowledge, skills and leadership opportunities to take an active role in a more sustainable future.

Website: www.earthteam.net

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Educate Our State

Mission Statement: Educate Our State is a grassroots, parent-led organization educating and uniting Californians to advocate for systemic change that will provide all students with a high-quality public education

Description: Our Platform: The current public education system in California is broken. We believe the fundamental building blocks outlined below are essential for an effective, high-quality K-12 education. SUPERIOR EDUCATORS: High-quality, inspirational teachers, principals and staff: Attracting top graduates to teaching Assessments of staff based on student outcomes, not just years of service Provide teacher professional development and training Logical, Sufficient and Stable Education FUNDING: Logical and fair funding based on the students’ needs, not where they live Locally-controlled funding with transparency and accountability Enough money for schools based on calculations by education experts Stable funding schools can count on, without yearly changes Engaging and Stimulating Instruction and CURRICULUM: Standards-based instruction that engages students Teaching skills necessary for success in the 21st century workplace Useful and timely student assessments

Website: educateourstate,org

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Breakthrough San Francisco

Mission Statement: Breakthrough San Francisco provides intensive academic enrichment and support to motivated San Francisco students with limited educational opportunity, and trains outstanding college students for education careers.

Description: Breakthrough operates intensive, year-round academic programming for deserving San Francisco kids. They attend Breakthrough for six weeks in the summer and twice weekly during the school year, taking academic classes, receiving personalized tutoring, and taking part in activities designed to expand their horizons, like Career Day and outdoor education. In 2013, we\\\'ll work with 134 students in grades five - eight. All of the students have made an 8-year commitment to attend Breakthrough until their graduation from high school - our goal is to send at least 90% of our students to four-year colleges. In addition, we train outstanding college students for education careers through our summer teaching internship. In 2013, we\\\'ll work with 32 undergraduates, giving them top-notch training and career counseling, with the goal of sending roughly 75% into the education field.

Website: www.breakthroughsf.org

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Surf For Life

Mission Statement: Surf For Life is dedicated to improving the impact of tourism through community-based health and education projects. Volunteer. Travel. Surf.

Description: We work with local communities and strong Local Partners to identify and design projects such as schools, health clinics, and community centers - creating sustainable projects by maximizing the level of community ownership and engagement. These projects are made a reality by the passion and hardwork of our Surf For Life volunteers.We offer a unique opportunity for people to experience a new and altruistic kind of travel that takes individual vacation to the next level. Our trips are open to everyone – from experienced surfers to anyone who wants to travel and lend a helping hand.

Website: www.surfforlife.org

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Bolinas Children

Mission Statement: The Bolinas Children's Center is dedicated to caring for young children, ages 2 through 6. Young children need lots of play to thrive. We utilize a play-based curriculum, where materials chosen and practices used are guided by the interests of the children. Our large indoor and outdoor spaces foster special programming including music and movement, dramatic arts and a Garden to Table program centered around our organic fruit and vegetable garden.

Description: The Bolinas Children's Center serves families with toddlers and preschool age children with a year-round preschool program. We involve parents on a daily basis, and are able to work very closely with child and parents. We serve the entire community, and offer subsidized rates to low-income families to the degree possible. We feature daily arts and crafts projects, social-emotional learning, pre-k activities for the older group, lots of outdoor play and planting, tending and harvesting fruit and vegetables daily in the garden. We assess each child and tailor individual activities to foster their growth.

Website: www.camarin.org

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PeaceTones

Mission Statement: PeaceTones’ mission is to foster rule of law from the ground up and create sustainable incomes for musicians living in communities torn apart by war, protracted conflict and natural disaster. We believe that by giving musicians with positive social messages the tools to protect their music and earn an income from it, we’re empowering communities to create and sustain their own economies, based on arts that are powerful, inspiring and valuable.

Description: We see ourselves as a fair trade music movement, empowering unknown musicians in developing nations with marketing and legal knowledge and access to online platforms to share their music globally. Using innovative learning and incentive models, we conduct expert-led workshops to educate these artists on their rights and tools to grow their careers.

Website: http://www.peacetones.org/

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Bread & Roses

Mission Statement: Hope and Healing through Live Music. Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Our performances (1) enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts; (2) create a sense of community for our professional performers, with a non-commercial setting in which they can donate their talents to inspire and be inspired; and (3) provide an opportunity for non-performing volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. In carrying out its mission, Bread & Roses seeks to create a social awareness of people who are isolated from society, and to encourage the development of similar organizations in other communities.

Description: Bread & Roses serves about 120 agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting 600+ shows per year to approximately 30,000 audience members - elders, adults, teens and children - in convalescent homes, hospitals, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, special needs schools, detention facilities and more. We book performers in residential and day facilities serving people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live music and other live performance. We have over 1200+ volunteer performers, including musicians (in a wide variety of genres), comedians, dancers, magicians, storytellers, etc.

Website: www.breadandroses.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet, but we have just agreed to work together, and Bread & Roses is enthusiastic about the collaboration.

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Action For Nature

Mission Statement: Action For Nature is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is, “Encouraging young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment, on which all life depends.”

Description: Founded by Shimon Schwarzschild in 1982, Action For Nature is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. The young people who contribute their stories, pictures, insights, and achievements are at the heart of what Action For Nature stands for. We believe the younger generations’ energy and ideas are too valuable to be ignored. With this in mind, we created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards which give young people both the motivation, and the means, to continue creating positive change for the natural world. Through the annual Eco-Hero Awards, Action For Nature recognizes youth ages 8-16 from all over the world, for their environmental activism and community projects. Award recipients receive up to $500 in funding towards their project, an award certificate, and other forms of support and recognition. Each year the Eco-Heroes have a few important things in common: they demonstrate curiosity about the natural world, a desire to engage fully in their projects, and a vision for a healthier, sustainable future. Action For Nature seeks to inspire and promote these values for years to come.

Website: www.actionfornature.org

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CoachArt

Mission Statement: CoachArt's mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic illnesses and their siblings by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics.

Description: CoachArt programs offer patients and siblings free lessons in the arts and athletics. We do this through our outpatient mentoring, activity clinics, in-hospital workshops and community events. The core of the CoachArt program is our outpatient mentoring where students are matched for 12 weekly lessons with qualified volunteer mentors skilled in the arts and athletics. activity clinics provide short- term instructive settings, for a small group of youth to learn a new skill and interact with other children. Our in-hospital workshops are monthly activity sessions that occur in one of our hospital or healthcare partner facilities. community events provide cultural, educational and recreational activities in the community for our patients and their families.

Website: www.coachart.org

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Oasis For Girls

Mission Statement: Oasis For Girls partners with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities to help them discover opportunities and explore their dreams. Our youth development programs provide a safe space to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build strong futures for themselves and their communities.

Description: The Springboard Series for Girls is a yearlong sequence that emphasizes the development of both internal awareness and external skills. The Series provides girls with opportunities to create trusting relationships with positive, supportive adults, to develop a sense of identity and partnership within their group, and to build and practice key skills. 1 | Life Skills: “Discovering Myself" focuses on positive decision-making to navigate the challenges of adolescence. Workshop topics include safer sex, self-defense, healthy relationships, nutrition, and more. 2 | Arts Education: “Discovering My World” emphasizes the development of creative writing skills toward improved academic performance and healthy self expression. The Arts Education program is offered through an innovative collaboration with WritersCorps. 3 | College & Career: “Building My Future” combines hands-on technology training, academic support, and job readiness skills to support young women in paving a path to school and career.

Website: sfoasis.org

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Bay Area Women's and Children's Center (BAWCC)

Mission Statement: Located in the heart of the Tenderloin community of San Francisco, Bay Area Women's & Children's Center provides services to low-income children, families and women. BAWCC does advocacy on issues of low-income children and families. BAWCC also spearheads and leads long-term projects that benefit the community. These projects have included the creation of five playgrounds in the Tenderloin and Civic Center, the Tenderloin Children's Playground and Recreation Center, and the 400-student, kindergarten through fifth grade public school with BAWCC as its primary partner, Tenderloin Community School.

Description: BAWCC does both direct service work and takes on and initiates long-term projects. Our direct services take place at our Center on Leavenworth Street and at other locations in the Tenderloin. Our long term projects have been created to provide additional resources for low-income children and families, and are located in the Tenderloin and Civic Center. BAWCC also created a Tenderloin Scholarship Fund, and since 1990 has given scholarships to Tenderloin youth who want to pursue their education past high school.

Website: www.bawcc.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

What a great resource Party Corps is for our community! They contacted Bay Area Women's & Children's Center and said they wanted to put together an event to benefit our work, and all we'd have to do is let our supporters know where and when.  --And what a great party it was!  They brought in two great singing groups and a fabulous final act.  They raised enough funding to support one of BAWCC's After-School Clubs for Tenderloin kids for a whole semester.  It really was a terrific win-win event, thanks to Party Corp!

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What a great resource Party Corps is for our community! They contacted Bay Area Women's & Children's Center and said they wanted to put together an event to benefit our work, and all we'd have to do is let our supporters know where and when.  --And what a great party it was!  They brought in two great singing groups and a fabulous final act.  They raised enough funding to support one of BAWCC's After-School Clubs for Tenderloin kids for a whole semester.  It really was a terrific win-win event, thanks to Party Corps!

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Girls on the Run of the Bay Area

Mission Statement: The mission of Girls on the Run of the Bay Area is to educate and build confidence in young girls through non-competitive, curriculum-based running programs in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties.

Description: Girls on the Run of the Bay Area provides an innovative running program for girls ages 8 to 13 that uses experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. The program culminates in a non-competitive community running event that gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area offers 10-week programs during the fall and spring seasons. Volunteer coaches engage the girls in games and running-based workouts that encourage emotional, social, psychological and physical development. The girls meet twice each week after school for a total of 20 one-hour sessions.

Website: www.gotrbayarea.org

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Level Playing Field Institute

Mission Statement: Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

Description: LPFI eliminates barriers to STEM success through its Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy and its research initiatives. SMASH is a three-year five week summer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) enrichment program for high achieving, low-income high school students of color from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. LPFI operates SMASH Academies at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and USC. LPFI also conducts original research on inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in the fields of STEM.

Website: www.lpfi.org

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My organization, the Level Playing Field Institute, was a beneficiary of a benefit concert put on by Party Corp. Overall we had a great experience. There were some logistical hiccups but it was more than compensated for by the dedicated staff and caring partnership. The event they put on for us with musical guest Tom McFadden was AWESOME. We loved it - it was fun, educational and a really amazing night for all to remember.

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Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.)

Mission Statement: Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) is dedicated to nurturing the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and by providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access.

Description: R.O.C.K.’s programs are designed to serve over 500 children ages 6-17 utilizing a proven youth development framework. Programs span the entire year and take place during the school day, after school, weekends and over the summer. R.O.C.K. provides sports/fitness, academic support, learning enrichment, community service, outdoor adventures, leadership training and job opportunities to a community lacking in resources.

Website: www.rocksf.org

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City Youth Now

Mission Statement: City Youth Now bridges the gap for youth in crisis by providing funds for services and programs that promote personal growth and stability.

Description: Since 1950, City Youth Now has been diligently working behind the scenes to address the unique needs of children and youth under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Juvenile Court System. Probation officers, social workers, attorneys, and other youth advocates come to us daily with requests for youth under their supervision. These requests are for many different opportunities and are based upon the individual needs of the youth in the system. City Youth Now works to ensure that youth in the juvenile court system have the same positive youth development opportunities as other children to grow into mature and successful adults. We recognize that all children deserve a chance at a better future. In the life of a child, it is often the small things, beyond the basic necessities, that are monumental to growth and development and pave the way for youth to transition into successful adults.

Website: www.cityyouthnow.org

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Seven Tepees Youth Program

Mission Statement: Founded in 1995, by Native American healer, Hully Fetico and Judge Daniel Weinstein, Seven Tepees Youth Program began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees – one representing each continent of the world. Seven Tepees’ mission is to work with low-income, San Francisco, under-served youth to help them gain the skills they need to succeed academically, become environmental stewards, and make life-long positive choices.

Description: Seven Tepees' two main programs are: 1) the Learning Center Program (after-school & in the summer); and 2) the College and Career Program. The Learning Center Program works with students who are referred by counselors & teachers, from the summer after their 5th grade year through high school graduation and beyond. While in the program the program students engage in academic tutoring, mentoring, counseling, case management, leadership training, and outdoor/environmental education. The College and Career Program prepares students for life after high school including college attendance and job readiness, and steadily increases the number of first-generation college students. The program serves 900 youth annually and includes weekly advisory courses, credit recovery classes, workshops, mentorships and internships, PSAT/SAT preparation, and one-on-one college and scholarship application support for each 12th grader.

Website: www.7tepees.org

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Upward Roots

Mission Statement: To develop leadership and empower youth living in disadvantaged communities through youth-led, youth-driven community service projects, thereby fostering a greater sense of agency and increased civic engagement.

Description: Upward Roots is a nonprofit organization that develops leadership and empowers youth from disadvantaged communities through community service. Founded in 2010, Upward Roots engages youth in a dynamic curriculum based on education, leadership, and service learning, promoting the idea that each and every young person can be a positive change-maker within their community. By providing the training and mentorship needed to successfully plan an execute community service projects of their own design, Upward Roots helps young people develop into emerging leaders, while also improving self-confidence, academic progress, personal development, and civic attitudes.

Website: www.upwardroots.org

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Bay Area Community Resources

Mission Statement: Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency headquartered in San Rafael, California that provides a range of services in seven counties around the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1976, BACR’s mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals and families, encourage service and volunteerism, and help build community.

Description: BACR delivers services at more than 100 school- and community-based sites in the following categorical areas: After School, Youth Leadership, National Service, Healthy Communities, Fiscal Intermediary Services, and Alcohol And Drug, Tobacco, and Mental Health. In particular, our After School programs provide youth with a safe place to go after school, receive academic and enrichment support, and gain learning and life skills that improve their success in school and beyond. Our Youth Leadership programs support young people in making decisions about their health, education, and employment by providing leadership development, job training, and job experience. Our National Service programs give AmeriCorps members and VISTA workers job opportunities to serve their communities through tutoring and leading after-school enrichment activities to thousands of youth. Our Healthy Community programs provide school- and community-based health centers and hubs of integrated, coordinated services where youth and families can find support, resources, and community. Also, our Alcohol, Drug, Tobacco, and Mental Health programs help prevent and treat drug or alcohol abuse or tobacco addiction through education, counseling, and intervention.

Website: www.bacr.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet; however, we look forward to being a member and partner.