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Students spend the majority of our program designing Action Plans describing how they would like to use $1,000 to make a difference locally. Two thirds of the way through programming, students pitch their ideas to the class. The group votes to select the winning idea and the entire class comes together to see that idea through into fruition. Our students and the community they live in are better off as a result. Hover over each image to read more about the students behind the project.

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.

2015 Salem Academy Charter School   7th and 8th graders in Salem, MA designed water bottles encouraging their peers to stay hydrated.

2015 Salem Academy Charter School

7th and 8th graders in Salem, MA designed water bottles encouraging their peers to stay hydrated.

2014: Mount Vernon Middle School   7th graders in Mount Vernon, OH created an anti-bullying campaign using the acronym R.O.C.K. (Respect, Open Up, Confidence, Keep Away).

2014: Mount Vernon Middle School

7th graders in Mount Vernon, OH created an anti-bullying campaign using the acronym R.O.C.K. (Respect, Open Up, Confidence, Keep Away).

2017: The Steppingstone Foundation   6th graders in Brighton, MA designed this logo to go on t-shirts that were distributed to peers and teachers in order to spreader awareness about gender equality.

2017: The Steppingstone Foundation

6th graders in Brighton, MA designed this logo to go on t-shirts that were distributed to peers and teachers in order to spreader awareness about gender equality.

2016: Neighborhood House Charter School (FRONT)   6th and 7th graders in Dorchester, MA designed sweatshirts in an effort to spread awareness about gun violence in the community.

2016: Neighborhood House Charter School (FRONT)

6th and 7th graders in Dorchester, MA designed sweatshirts in an effort to spread awareness about gun violence in the community.

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.

2014–2015: North Street Elementary   3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Geneva, NY observed that some students in their school did not have backpacks. They designed and sold backpacks using a 1:1 model–for every backpack sold, one was donated to the elementary school.

2014–2015: North Street Elementary

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Geneva, NY observed that some students in their school did not have backpacks. They designed and sold backpacks using a 1:1 model–for every backpack sold, one was donated to the elementary school.