Help YouthBuild Philly Win Up to $1 Million

We’re excited to announce today that YouthBuild Philly is one of 25 organizations in a national contest to win anywhere from $125,000 to $1,000,000 (yes, that’s one million dollars!) through the American Giving Awards program presented by Chase.   The winners will be decided through online voting, starting November 27th and ending December 4th.  Winning organizations will be announced at a nationally televised awards ceremony on December 8th.

We are the only program representing Philadelphia in this competition, and the only YouthBuild program.  We’re so proud to represent both communities to a national audience.   Contest-wide, we’re only up against 24 other organizations to win $1,000,000.  The competition for the 5th-place $125,000 prize is just four other organizations doing work in Youth Development.  We have a real shot at this – but we need your help! 

Can we count on you to click for YouthBuild Philly on Tuesday, November 27th? RSVP to this event on Facebook to receive a reminder when voting starts.

The most important thing you can do is vote on November 27th.  You’ll be able to vote here: bit.ly/VoteNowYB

Next, please get all your friends, family, and colleagues involved. Here’s a list of tips to help us win:

1. MAKE THE CASE. Share links to compelling video and links about YouthBuild and ask them to vote:

2. CREATE VISIBILITY. Help us build a buzz.

  • Add a short message to your listserv
  • Post a link on your organization’s website to our voting page:  http://bit.ly/VoteNowYB
  • Add a line to your signature (VOTE for YouthBuild to win Chase Community Giving on Facebook: http://bit.ly/VoteNowYB)

3. SPREAD THE WORD. Share the RSVP and voting link with everyone you know.  Need guidance or inspiration? Use our templates!

  • Send out a mass email
  • Post to your Facebook wall
  • Tweet on Twitter

4. MAKE IT PERSONAL. As much as possible, make personal asks to your friends, family contacts.

  • Customize template email, then copy and paste into individual emails
  • Send individual Facebook messages
  • Use Facebook chat – ask friends to vote while they’re on Facebook!
  • Post on your friends’ walls
  • Ask in person (pick up the phone!)

5. SAY THANK YOU. Acknowledge your friends when they vote.

  • Make sure to “Like” status updates when a friends shares a voting-related link
  • Post a thank you on your wall

6. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO TO FACEBOOK. All of the essential and latest information will be on YouthBuild’s Facebook Page.

  • Click “Share” on a video posted on our page
  • Click “Share” the link to vote
  • Invite friends to the “Vote for YouthBuild Philly event.

Questions? Contact Sarah Peterson at speterson@youthbuildphilly.org

THANK YOU!

Thanks to the support of our students, staff, and friends — 2344 in all — we finished #45 out of thousands of organizations competing in Chase Community Giving!  More importantly, we will be able to contribute $25,000 toward our post-secondary initiative. This prize money will help us better serve our students and graduates as they prepare and transition to college, trade schools, and careers.

The best part about a voting competition is that every person’s voice counts equally, and we are proud that our students were able to rally so many votes to support their school. The Class of 2011 certainly left its mark on YouthBuild!

Lastly, we are amazed by the outpouring of support from our friends in Philadelphia and across the country. Each vote was a vote of confidence for the future of these young people, and each vote truly made a difference!

Help YouthBuild Philly win $500,000!

THANK YOU for your support!  We won $25,000 from Chase Community Giving as part of the Top 100 in Round 1! We could not have done this without the support of all our friends on Facebook.

Finishing in the Top 100 has now put us into the running for an even bigger prize – up to $500,000! You can check out our BIG IDEA video and learn  how we will use the prize money.

We are the only program in Philadelphia, only Pennsylvania Charter School, only YouthBuild program, and one of only few AmeriCorps programs in the running for this prize, so we have a real shot, but we need your help.

Can we count on your vote on Thursday, May 19?

Please RSVP here on Facebook.

The most important thing you can do is vote here on May 19. Next, please get all your friends involved. Here’s a list of tips to help us win:

1. MAKE THE CASE. Share links to compelling videos about YouthBuild and ask them to vote:

2. CREATE VISIBILITY. Help us build a buzz.

3. SPREAD THE WORD. Share the voting link with everyone you know (use Templates found here)

  • Send out a mass email
  • Post to your Facebook wall
  • Tweet on Twitter

4. MAKE IT PERSONAL. As much as possible, make personal asks to your friends, family contacts.

  • Customize template email, then copy and paste into individual emails
  • Send individual Facebook messages
  • Use Facebook chat – ask friends while they’re on Facebook!
  • Post on your friends’ walls
  • Ask in person (pick up the phone!)

5. SAY THANK YOU. Acknowledge your friends when they vote.

  • Make sure to “Like” status updates when a friends votes and/or shares the link
  • Post a thank you on your wall

6. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO TO FACEBOOK. All of the links are on YouthBuild Philly’s page.

  • Click “Share” on a video posted on our page
  • Click “Share” the link to vote
  • Invite friends to the “Vote for YouthBuild” event

Questions? Contact Kristen Forbriger at kforbriger@youthbuildphilly.org