SEED20, a program put on by Social Venture Partners Charlotte, selects 20 nonprofit participants focused on tacking social changes to take part in two months of feedback and mentoring before a live pitch competition for 10 finalists. Prizes range from $5,000 to $20,000.
Katie has attended the program as an audience member, participant and judge and calls it one of the most uplifting events in the city. See her take on it here.
The 2017 program will take place on March 27 at Knight Theater and tickets range from $60 – $85. Before you buy your tickets, meet the finalists:
ANSWER Scholarship – Providing college scholarships to women raising school-age children. They’ve provided 83 to 44 women since 2006.
ArtPop Street Gallery – Promoting local artists’ work through available media space, like billboards.
BELL – An after-school program creating high-quality learning opportunities for children in under-resourced communities to build their self-confidene and life trajectories.
Body and Soul Senior Fitness Center – Helping senior citizens to live independent and productive lives through phsyical activity and interaction.
Children’s Attention Home – Provides a safe and stable environment to children that have been abused and neglected.
Families First – Provides early childhood education and promotions communication with a bilingual early childhood experience.
Hip Hop Orchestrated – Blending different genres of music to help breakdown classism, racism, ageism and sexism to help transform love for music into social capital.
Levine Museum of the New South (Enrichment Seminars) – Aiming to engage and teach a broad audience about the diverse history of the South since the civil war with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
LilySarahGrace – Bringing arts and creativity back into the classroom through dynamic and engaging lessons that are accessible and easily understood by all types of learners.
MusicalMindsNC – A free, holistic after-school musical program that uses the El Sistema program (introduced in Venzuela 40 years ago) to change the lives of students through music and help them develop social skills.
North Carolina Wildlife Federation (Great Outdoors University) – Conservation-based experiential education program for kids aged 6-18 that aims to connect kids with limited opportunities with the great outdoors.
Philips Academy – Education programs for students with complex language, learning and/or congnitive disabilities, as well as those on the autisim spectrum or with developmental disabilities.
Profound Gentlemen – Building a community of male educators of color to provide a profound impact on young men of color.
Queen City Robotics Alliance – Creating a kid-friendly STEM space and teaching the community through robotics, engineering and computer science.
Restore Global – Connecting people with need with people of excess. Past opportunities include medical supplies for Ebola and helping the homeless into new apartments.
The Pollution Detectives – Aiming to protect local families from a rapidly growing amount of pollution in the air, water and food.
The Red Boot Coalition – One-hour meetings held to break past stereotypes and labels to create more positive interactions between different types of people.
UMAR – Helping to create a community of inclusion and independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, employment and cultural programs.
WINGS for Kids – Helping low-income children experience high-quality and effective social and emotional learning.
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