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The mission of Project Goodness is to educate and empower children to be aware of, and engage in, opportunities for goodness. This may range from student-created service-learning projects, to small gestures of kindness, learning along the way that every person truly can make an impact in the world. Our mantra is "Every Little Bit Counts!" Project Goodness is currently starting its 2nd year in schools and with the additional funds, our programs will be able to empower, inspire and reach even more students! With budget cuts, schools love that our program is FREE! Our goal is to give students a hands on experience that makes them aware that they have the power to make a positive difference in the world, because "Every Little Bit Counts!"

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Recently founded by 5 UCLA MBA students, Breakaway has begun its mission to transform after school education. This summer, we trained our first cohort of urban educators to reach students at a Los Angeles charter school in South LA. This grant will allow us to serve our second school this year and provide the supplemental funds to deliver a transformational program to up to 50 underserved high school students. Furthermore, supporting Breakaway multiplies the social good coming from the LA Fund, because it will go to young people who will create several of their own organizations to improve Los Angeles. Young people will learn to start community gardens, tutoring clubs or some other social innovation in Los Angeles.

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Help Yacht Club save our parks with friendship bracelets.
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The funds raised from sales are used to create, sustain and support free classes such as screen-printing, photography, music, healthy cooking and others not offered or readily available to communities in need in L.A. Each pair of bracelets will come with a tag explaining our mission, how to get involved with the project as well as fun instructions for giving the bracelet away, all encouraging the owner to interact with new people. These friendship bracelets represent the bond and commitment to our communities as well as our strong, friendly and social spirit and will help us to create ongoing and self-sustained funding for our programming by empowering and reinvigorating the youth that has suffered far too much from dwindling budgets.

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To execute this plan we have identified a nearby pilot yard to serve as a significant culinary garden for the café and site for hands on training in raised bed & trellis construction, culinary planting and drip irrigation installation. For the past four years we have been working with a skilled edible landscaper and professor in drip irrigation and soil sciences. With his team, he is dedicated to helping us develop this pilot yard and training ground. Funding would be applied to the supplies needed for edible landscaping training. Expansion in this area will increase productivity and become another successful business and revenue source for our nonprofit.

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Bicycle Kitchen's Earn-a-Bike Needs Locks, Lights and Helmets
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Earn-a-Bike is our youth outreach program where participants between 12 - 18 years “earn” a complete bicycle through instruction and participation. It meets in 8 week sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 6pm. The program is run by Cooks (volunteers) who teach the kids bicycle mechanics, the value of earning their bike by participating in keeping the shop organized and of working together. Each session has between 5 - 10 participants. At the end of the session Cooks take EAB-ers on a couple of rides with borrowed helmets. Lights and helmets are legally required in LA and a lock is necessary for security. We would use the funds to purchase these items and give them to EAB grads along with their complete bike.

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m.a.m.a.'s making a change for the better for young women in los angeles
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m.a.m.a. e a r t h, a community organization made up of several mamas, papas, aunties & uncles have been facilitating workshops in Los Angeles with young women from programs like Women's Care Cottage, Girls Inc & L.E.A.D., helping them confront the negative societal messages about their potential & providing information on a wide range of topics to educate & inspire as they gain the skills needed to be independent, responsible and empowered. Funds raised will pay for healthy lunches, art supplies, handout materials and gas money for the various teachers & speakers for 6 workshops. Our team feels compelled to continue to get to know these young women, some who have already overcome great obstacles, and give back to the community!

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L.A Zine Fest 2012: It's For Everybody!
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The L.A. Zine Fest will create opportunities for people to both share their art and be inspired to make it. By exchanging ideas and embracing the urge to create, we can build a more robust and formidable community in L.A.; we can have something that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. The Zine Fest committee is currently in the process of selecting a venue, but is stymied by lack of money. If awarded the GOOD L.A Fund, the entirety of the prize will go toward securing a venue, paying the ensuing costs (i.e. security, event insurance) and, most importantly, to keeping this Zine Fest free to all.

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The Veggie Voucher Program: Healthy People, Happy Farmers
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Farmers’ markets have opened all over the city to create fair markets for farmers and to increase fresh food access for consumers. But many markets in needy areas have a difficult time making ends meet. Customers can’t afford the nutritious food their families need and farmers at these markets often don’t sell enough to cover their expenses. The Veggie Voucher Program increases the purchasing power of low-income Angelenos by providing bonus coupons to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables when using CalFresh/EBT (food stamps) at a participating certified farmers’ market. The full value of every dollar will go directly to a consumer in need of money to afford a healthy diet AND to a local California farmer bringing fresh food into an urban community.

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Summer Arts Festival for LAUSD Employees
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Any individual working within the Los Angeles Unified School District is eligible to submit his or her creative work under five categories: music, photography, literature, visual arts, and film. Volunteer judges will review the submissions and choose several artistic school district employees to showcase or perform their work at Barnsdall Art Park. The event will be held in mid-July 2012. GOOD’s generous contribution would allow us to secure the space, provide materials to construct art shows, and hire food trucks and facilities to make this celebratory festival possible.

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Slake No. 4: Revitalizing Los Angeles' Literary Scene
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Slake's co-founders and editors are spearheading a movement they call "Slow Lit" with deeply reported investigative journalism and a committed engagement with the city. An award from GOOD and EPIP LA would finance more than ten pieces for Slake Issue No. 4 and help the magazine continue “one of the freshest literary projects in recent history …. from the motliest of crews” (Nylon).

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Our local schools cannot afford extra programs right now. Science is suffering greatly. We'd like to bring our animals to these classrooms for FREE! When they are studying Camouflage, we want to show them how it works! When they are thinking of getting a pet, we want them to know that the 6 inch $10 iguana will live 25 years and grow to be 6 feet long and will be VERY costly over the years.... We exist to educate folks about the natural world around them and also responsible pet ownership. Our founder is a former LAUSD teacher. With $2500, we could bring living Science to over 50 classrooms in Los Angeles, this would affect more than 1500 kids.

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Help Grow Our Food Co-Op in South LA
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We began researching & meeting in July 2011, with founding member Bahni Turpin attending a Co-op conference in April. With more than 30 interested persons and growing, we have launched our website and Facebook page and are planning a fund-raiser. The GOOD prize would go toward our legal & incorporation fees, publicity, and feasibility study. The feasibility study will cost $10,000 alone. Though we are member based we will be open to all and welcome WIC and EBT recipients, as well as create a discount voucher program for community service hours. We hope to help close the gap in our community’s health. With obesity rates and other preventable diseases at 40% vs. 10% on the Westside, SoLA Food Co-op in South LA is desperately needed.

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Family Promise would be using these funds to help purchase a 15- passenger van. This van is greatly needed as many of our homeless families have sold their vehicles and do not have the money for public transportation. This van will transport our families from their sleeping accommodations at local congregations to the day center facility where families shower, launder clothes, and most importantly, develop pathways to financial freedom. Transportation will also be provided for children to and from school and adults to and from employment/ social services.

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Students at continuation high schools, which serve youth who have fallen behind in credits, are at higher risk for suicide than their peers at standard public high schools. Positive youth development programs that address suicide risk factors – like low social support and self-esteem – have been successful, but this type of programming is rare at continuation high schools. We will use $2500 to fill the gap at Olympic Continuation High School by utilizing skill-building lessons and physical activity to improve students’ social support and self-esteem. Our volunteer coaches support a team of students as they train to complete the annual STRIDES 5k Run/Walk, which is organized to increase our community’s awareness that suicide is preventable.

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Running Home
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By meeting every morning for eight weeks for a run/walk followed by a communal breakfast and weekly talks on resume building, interview skills, etc., participants will qualify for a small grant that would allow them to move into temporary housing and enter a job training program. LA has one of the largest homeless populations in the country and similar programs have been shown to be highly effective in other large cities across the US.

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The Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) is an organization of women committed to improving the community through trained volunteers. Daybreak of Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) is a transitional housing program for homeless women suffering from mental illness. JLLA partners with Daybreak to conduct a 6-week training program to teach these women how to successfully operate small businesses like Daybreak Designs, a project-based business that encourages Daybreak artists to design, produce, and sell their products, earning 70% of revenue from items sold. Due to the success of the program, the grant award is needed to help provide enough training materials and quality workshops to accommodate our growing participation rate. (www.jlla.org)

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Support the L.A. Art scene with Installation Magazine
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Installation Magazine launched with its first issue this summer, featuring over 45 artists, all working in various medium, all from or working in California. We collaborated with Known Gallery and showcased the street art of leading artists currently showing at the Moca. Our cover was shot by Hugh Holland, THE photographer who captured the birth of skateboarding in Cali, including the Z-Town and Dogboys crew. With a wildly successful first issue, we're moving forward to create the next issue themed, TRUST ME. We'll discover more artists working in L.A., commission more artists to create original work, and help support L.A.'s art scene in a global market. With a little injection of money from Good, would allow us to digitize our glossy mag.

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Coach Special Needs Kids @ KEEN Los Angeles
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KEEN-LA exists because of community members who care deeply about promoting the best possible quality of life for children with special needs. Working with parents, volunteers, and non-profit agencies, these community members launched KEEN-LA to provide programs which serve the developmentally-disabled community in Los Angeles. By providing recreational and sports programs for kids with special needs, KEEN-LA is able to assist children with realizing their goals of becoming athletes. KEEN-LA gives these children a place to have valuable social interactions with our volunteers, make new friends, and have fun!

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College Access Plan’s programs have supported hundreds of students in achieving big college dreams. Most CAP students are first generation college students from low income families. Often, their parents lack the skills required to help them navigate the college process. Some students have little support at home. Several are foster youth. All are underserved, attending schools with 1 counselor per 600 students. CAP provides the one-on-one support each student needs to succeed. Principal Sheryl Orange says, “More students are going to college, and CAP has been very instrumental in providing a college-going culture.” 97% of our program graduates now attend college. The first step was submitting an application. Help support more first steps.

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From the Heart gives books to kids below the poverty line. What A Pair raises millions for cancer research. Together we’ll help countless kids feel better. The grant builds 3 Little Libraries to generate excitement and community support for creating many more. BETTER WITH BOOKS' shelves will be packed with titles that spark imagination, inspire dreams and transport kids to magical places. A celebrity spokesperson with ties to each organization will host the formal launch event featuring a prototype Little Library. Guests will get hands-on by buying their favorite kids’ titles to fill the shelves. A hospital and clinic will be recipients of the other two libraries including a celebrity ribbon cutting and face-to-face reading time with kids.

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