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 Spring Break Supporters!

To the many friends, family, and fans who made donations in support of our intrepid Spring Break Service Trip Volunteers: Thank you!  The 7-day trip to Utuado, Puerto Rico was an unforgettable opportunity for YouthBuild students to participate in service learning while exploring a new culture and landscape.  This trip wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

This year’s service learning opportunity included work clearing trails and roads on an organic coffee farm in central Puerto Rico.  This was not an easy task – some of the fallen leaves in the surrounding forest were as big as our staff members! – but students persevered and even composed YouthBuild-themed chants to sustain their morale as they explored the new terrain. This work will count toward the 675 hours of volunteer service that every YouthBuild student must complete to graduate.

The group additionally traveled to several Puerto Rico landmarks, including an indigenous ceremonial site, a mountainside formation called Cueva Ventana, and the capitol city of San Juan:

“The highlight of the trip was to be in Puerto Rico,” said student Ciera Russum, who added that she’d never traveled somewhere predominantly Spanish-speaking. She also enjoyed trying new types of food while on the trip, and having the opportunity to deepen her friendships with other YouthBuild students.

Ciera’s only regret was that she did not bring a camera with her.  Luckily for her – and those of us who stayed on the mainland for Spring Break – the YouthBuild staff who accompanied students on the trip took many terrific photos.  For more of their pictures, check out our Spring Break 2012 photo set on Flickr!

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

Vote for us on Facebook – Help us win a donation from Chase!

Chase Community Giving is donating another $5 million dollars to charities and non-profit organizations through Facebook, and YouthBuild Philadelphia is in the running!

Please take two minutes RIGHT NOW to vote for us!

Here’s how:

First, you have to “LIKE” Chase Community Giving here: Follow this link to their page.

Then go to this page to VOTE for YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School!

Chase Community Giving

After you VOTE, it will ask you to ALLOW Chase Community Giving access to your Facebook. Please click ALLOW.

You can make sure your vote is counted by checking THIS PAGE (it should say “thanks for your vote”).

Most importantly, SHARE this on your Facebook status! (Copy and paste this link: http://bit.ly/vote4youthbuildphilly and ask your friends to vote!)

It takes a few steps, but your effort will help YouthBuild continue our important work in Philadelphia, and allow us to support our students as they transition to college and careers!

You have 10 votes, so find a few other organizations your support and vote for them to join us in the top 100!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

Share your story of support for YouthBuild

Help YouthBuild Philadelphia win up to $100,000 from Gildan Genuine Stewardship by sharing why you support our school and students!  The “I Support…” program is designed to encourage people to share how the charities they support are making a genuine positive impact on the world.

Student Shakila Alexander recently posted her story:

I think that YouthBuild is a blessing.  I was never a bad student, but I wasn’t able to finish out my (final) high school year. After a year of being out of school, and having a job I wasn’t happy with, I decided to stop wasting (my) and my childrens’ time. I wanted to be something greater. Attending YouthBuild was one of the being things I could have done. My opportunities are endless now.  I’m grateful that a school like YouthBuild exists.

Follow this link to our page to “Like” her story and others, then click “SUPPORT THIS CHARITY” to share your story.