GOOD Maker Challenge Winners: 5 Nonprofits That Are Changing Young Lives (Part 4)

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GOOD Maker Challenge Winners: 5 Nonprofits That Are Changing Young Lives (Part 4)

by GOOD Partner

March 25, 2013

This content is produced by GOOD with the support of Microsoft

Recently, we asked our community to nominate youth-focused nonprofits to participate in the Give for Youth Challenge on GOOD Maker. Give for Youth, a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with GlobalGiving, helps nonprofits reach new donors and crowd fund for their projects.

The community voted and selected the top 20 organizations, and each now has the opportunity to fundraise on Give for Youth. From March 18 to 27, Microsoft will match funds raised up to $100,000 across the 20 featured organizations. Now is your chance to help bring their projects to life. By making a donation on Give for Youth, you are supporting young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Take a look at five of the top twenty finishers, and be sure to check out the other organizations here, here and here.

Global Kids, Inc.

Global Kids works with high-need urban youth and prepares them to succeed in school by providing them with skills and experiences to guide them through. The organization’s summer programs build student competency and college and career readiness by teaching teens about foreign policy, providing international travel and networking opportunities. Global Kids hopes to fund this summer’s programs, including peer education projects, and an internship program.  Learn more about their plans here.

To donate now, click here.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is run by college students who educate k to 12 students on space and other STEM fields. The 40 chapters across the U.S. conduct outreach events including teaching about space, weather and biology as well as high altitude balloon and rocketry competitions. SEDS future plans include purchasing demos and other resources to increase the variety of educational topics youths can learn about. Read more about their outreach here.

To donate now, click here.


Enstitute is changing high education models through an apprenticeship based learn by doing program. Fellows complete a two-year apprenticeship and walk away with work experience, recommendations and certifications from online courses.  Enstitute wants to expand the program to new locations and industries including digital media and advertising, and nonprofits. Find out more information on their apprenticeship program here.

To donate now, click here.


Retrak works to train young Ugandan street boys in need of foster care with agricultural skills. The youths stay at Retrak’s training farm, Tudabujja, or “we are being made new,” where they learn valuable skills that they can take back to their villages. More funding would enable Retrak to train more youths and give them a greater chance at life than living on the streets. Read more about how these boys gain job skills through Retrak’s family-centric environment for here.

To donate now, click here.

The David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation implements stress-reducing modalities programs for at-risk populations like underserved students. They hope to implement a Quite Time program in New York City public schools that would teach Transcendental Meditation to students. Programs in San Francisco, D.C., Detroit and Los Angeles have provided teachers and faculty a way to promote learning readiness and reduce acute stress. Learn more about Quiet Time and the Foundation here.

To donate now, click here.

This is the fourth post in a series of four. Take a look at the first, second and third post. You can donate to any of the causes above, as well as others from the Give for Youth GOOD Maker challenge here.

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