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This program gives elementary and middle school aged students a $1,000 opportunity to positively impact their own community, while being introduced to topics such as finance, marketing, and public speaking. This program is unique in that the curriculum is customized to meet the needs of every child who participates. When children are given complete agency over a project that directly benefits those around them, their confidence and ability to empathize with others skyrockets.

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Students in grades 2–8

Students in grades 2–8

Full academic year, (exact timing dependent upon needs of the partner).

Full academic year, (exact timing dependent upon needs of the partner).

Past programs have been run during time allocated for enrichment, civic engagement, social justice, an activism unit within the ELA curriculum, and/or student leadership circles.

Past programs have been run during time allocated for enrichment, civic engagement, social justice, an activism unit within the ELA curriculum, and/or student leadership circles.

12–25 Students

12–25 Students

The total cost to run this program is $12,000. Our partners cover 1/3 of that cost ($4,000) and the additional 2/3 is fundraised by our organization.

The total cost to run this program is $12,000. Our partners cover 1/3 of that cost ($4,000) and the additional 2/3 is fundraised by our organization.

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Action:  Students write Action Plans describing how they would use $1,000 to make a difference in their community.    Outcome:    Students have a space to reflect on and think critically about what is important to them.

Action: Students write Action Plans describing how they would use $1,000 to make a difference in their community.

Outcome: Students have a space to reflect on and think critically about what is important to them.

Action:  Students pitch their ideas to the class and vote on one idea that will have the biggest impact.    Outcome:    Students build empathy for others after hearing the stories of their peers.

Action: Students pitch their ideas to the class and vote on one idea that will have the biggest impact.

Outcome: Students build empathy for others after hearing the stories of their peers.

Action:  Students work together to see the winning idea through into fruition.    Outcome:    Students practice teamwork through applied problem solving in an entrepreneurial setting.

Action: Students work together to see the winning idea through into fruition.

Outcome: Students practice teamwork through applied problem solving in an entrepreneurial setting.

Action:  Students share their project with members of the community.    Outcome:    Students attribute a positive change in the community to their hard work, self-confidence, and determination.

Action: Students share their project with members of the community.

Outcome: Students attribute a positive change in the community to their hard work, self-confidence, and determination.

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After feeling the affects of homelessness for 2 years, Ann Marie wanted to use the $1,000 grant to make sure that kids who are going through similar hardships have a space to creatively express their thoughts, dreams, and goals. Ann Marie’s classmates voted her idea as the winner and the entire group came together to make over 170 journals. The journals were distributed to youth in the Greater Boston Area.

Photos: 1. Ann Marie 2. Ann Marie’s original business card which served as inspiration for the final logo design. 3. Final logo 4. Ann Marie’s class holding up the journals they designed.

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