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At One Bead, we give students $1,000 and challenge them to use that money to make a difference locally. If you can point to a time in your life where your sense of self allowed you to achieve, then your ability to replicate that experience down the road becomes infinitely stronger. It is imperative then that the we supplement the educational experience for at-risk youth with opportunities to feel successful.

Catalyze Change with us

We partner with schools and after-school organizations in the Greater Boston Area to provide a customized social impact experience for elementary and middles school-aged students. Our innovative model for programming gives youth an opportunity to positively impact their own community, while being introduced to topics such as finance, marketing, and public speaking. When children are given complete agency over a project that directly benefits those around them, their confidence and ability to empathize with others skyrockets.

Learn more about our program model →

Partner with us

One Bead plans to partner with five schools/organizations to run our Leadership in Action program during the 2019–2020 academic year. And, for the first time ever, we are awarding up to $5,000 to the partner whose students design and execute the most impactful service project in their community. We believe true change happens through both the allocation of resources and cultivation of interpersonal skills.

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2018: The Steppingstone Foundation   6th graders in Brighton, MA donated to a local homeless shelter and designed stickers to fight stereotypes surrounding homelessness.

2018: The Steppingstone Foundation

6th graders in Brighton, MA donated to a local homeless shelter and designed stickers to fight stereotypes surrounding homelessness.

2017: Edwards Middle School   7th graders in Charlestown, MA designed and sold pop-sockets to spread awareness about mental health.

2017: Edwards Middle School

7th graders in Charlestown, MA designed and sold pop-sockets to spread awareness about mental health.

2018–2019: Edwards Middle School   6th graders in Charlestown, MA designed and sold bracelets to spread awareness about drug addiction in their community. Money raised from bracelet sales was donated to the  Charlestown Coalition .

2018–2019: Edwards Middle School

6th graders in Charlestown, MA designed and sold bracelets to spread awareness about drug addiction in their community. Money raised from bracelet sales was donated to the Charlestown Coalition.

2018–2019: Kenny Elementary   3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Dorchester, MA created journals for children experiencing homelessness.

2018–2019: Kenny Elementary

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Dorchester, MA created journals for children experiencing homelessness.

 

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You're the real deal. We believe in your ideas, values, and ability to succeed. We are not here to be your teacher, parent, or tutor. We are here to share a different perspective. We promise to be honest, to listen, and to always give you 110%. You know some things about life and we know some things about public speaking, strong handshakes, and what it means to be a boss. Together, we can make a difference. We can invent solutions to problems that previously seemed unsolvable. We can learn from each other's experiences and write a new chapter for ourselves that radiates unity, empathy, and admiration for others. You are the reason our team wakes up everyday excited to go to work. You are important. We can't wait to meet you.

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TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet, an independently organized TED event, features world class Youth Speakers for a cross-generational audience. This year, One Bead joined the TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet curation team to curate and coach Youth Speakers from all over the Greater Boston Area. We could not be prouder of the 18 Speakers who represented their peers, families, and communities on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Read more.


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Why One Bead?

Our name is as unique as our model for impact. And that model is inspired by a trip to Kenya our Founder took in college. While there, she met a glassblower who helped her make beads, impact a community, and ultimately found a nonprofit centered around the idea of giving back. Key takeaway? It all started with one bead.