Last month President Obama signed a law that seeks to maximize opportunities for all youth and adults to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. It’s called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and you now have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Education as we work […]
Johnson & Johnson just launched a new campaign with United Way to support students through mentoring and tutoring, in order to ultimately improve their school grades and attendance. Donate a Photo is a free app (available on Android and iOS devices) from Johnson & Johnson that turns users’ photos into a way to do good. For every photo uploaded to United Way through the Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to United Way education programs.
Getting involved is easy (and you were going to take a selfie or a picture of your dog, kid, flowers or vacation anyway so no excuse not to!):
People can donate one photo each day. The app also lets you see and share the impact of each uploaded photo. Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to United Way for each photo donated until October 14, 2014 or until $50,000 is raised. United Way will receive a minimum of $30,000.
Calling all community organizations and school groups interested in gardening and healthy eating: Apply now to come tour the White House Kitchen Garden!
The First Lady planted the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009 to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation and to serve as an inspiration for schools and community groups across the country to plant gardens of their own. Now nearly five years later, the Kitchen Garden is as healthy as ever, and we hope you’ll share your story with us and apply to come check it out.
First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chefs join children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools to harvest vegetables during the third annual White House kitchen garden fall harvest Oct. 5, 2011. Mrs. Obama planted the White House kitchen garden to help connect kids with the food they eat — an essential component of her Let’s Move! initiative. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Innovate and Education recently launched the Jobs Madness national contest in conjunction with the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) bill. Jobs Madness is a national search for the most innovative companies disrupting the status quo in education to employment. The three winners will share $100,000 in prize money to support and scale their work. They have opened the call for submissions.
Eligibility requirements can be found at: http://closeit.org/jobsmadness
Please spread the word through your networks and social media so they can find the best applicants. This is an online, multi-round elimination contest whose success depends on people voting on the best ideas. Attached is a social media toolkit with sample tweets, content and a calendar of the most important dates for the contest. Feel free to reach out to Amy Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323.333.2233 if you have any questions.
For twenty years, all across the country, AmeriCorps members have been getting things done for communities before, during, and after disaster.
As part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we are observing August as Disaster Services month. Together with our partners, members, and alumni, we’ll highlight the many ways that AmeriCorps makes America more resilient.
AmeriCorps brings a wealth of disaster experience, knowledge, and muscle to communities. The AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Disaster Toolkit contains an overview of how AmeriCorps supports organizations and government agencies with disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. In the toolkit you’ll find key messages, talking points, statistics, and online resources. You’ll also find ways to engage and help spread the message about our key role in disaster services.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Are you or your organization finding groundbreaking ways to spark and promote social good? If so, we want to hear your story.
In 500-words or less, share the story of your own—or your organization’s—use of new and creative strategies to tackle local or global challenges. We’ll feature selected entries on the Global Accelerator News Feed, which showcases stories from entrepreneurs and innovators who are turning creative visions of social change into reality.
Send your follow-up questions and your finished entries to email@example.com.
The entry submission deadline is August 4, 2014 and authors of selected entries will receive a UN Foundation swag bag.
The United Nations affirms that entrepreneurs and innovators are the key to global solutions and social progress. Global Accelerator mobilizes energy and expertise for substantive global change by connecting entrepreneurs and innovators to the UN’s work. What emerges from this partnership spans a range of project types, audiences, and fields, demonstrating the critical role of the private sector in furthering global development. Global Accelerator’s issues areas include health, education, the environment, and the economy at both the local and global levels.
Prioritizing global change for social good is more than the moral thing to do: it’s the smart and savvy thing to do. Now is the time to engage and inspire the global community, so let’s get the momentum going!
Share your story today.