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Youth on Course Online Auction Raises Over $115,000 to Subsidize Rounds of Golf for Juniors

Press Release – (PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.)Youth on Course – the non-profit providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – generated $115,485 this week during its annual online auction to support the nationally-expanding program to remove cost as a barrier to entry for potential lifetime golfers.

By raising $115,485, Youth on Course will be able to fund 23,097 ‘$5 or less’ rounds of golf for its members. With over 100 individual bidders, this year’s auction raised $20,639 more than the 2016 auction.

“We challenged our supporters to break the auction record set in 2016, and they rose to the occasion,” says Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck. “These funds will enable Youth on Course to continue its mission to provide affordable life changing opportunities to today’s youth through golf.”

This year’s auction items ranged from an Ireland golf trip, to a Chicago Cubs Spring Training package, to stay-and-play packages at some of America’s top golf destinations. All the auction items were generously donated by charitable donors, golf courses and corporations. One hundred percent of the profits go directly to Youth on Course.

Born in Northern California, Youth on Course helps fund rounds of golf for members to increase affordability and accessibility to the game. The organization is growing throughout America, with a presence in 19 states and regions and over 30,000 kids ages 6-18 who can play at over 700 partner courses. The organization awarded $315,000 in college scholarships this year, up from $244,000 in 2016, with the total exceeding $1.2 million.

Support for Youth on Course drives the organization’s growth across America. The program has been recognized by The Golf Channel and Golf Digest as an essential bridge between youth instruction and consistent play throughout adulthood. NBA MVP Steph Curry is a vocal ambassador of the program.

For information and a list of Youth on Course partners, visit www.youthoncourse.org, or call 831.625.4653.

About Youth on Course

Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a non-profit organization serving as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Its core purpose is to provide youth with access to life changing opportunities through golf. This is achieved through initiatives that include subsidized rounds at partner courses, mentorship opportunities through caddie programs and paid internships, and scholarship grants for qualifying members. Since 2006, nearly 500,000 rounds have been played by Youth on Course participants and more than $1,200,000 has been raised for college scholarships. Currently, Youth on Course serves California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan with plans to expand nationwide.


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Three-Year Old Breccan Mitchell Helps Santa Light State College Tree

Attendees Sang Carols, Drank Hot Cocoa, Donated Toys and Canned Goods, and Visited with Santa

Press Release – State College, PA – Three-year old Breccan Mitchell was the lucky child who helped Santa light this year’s tree in downtown State College! The entire crowd counted down as Mitchell and Santa worked their holiday magic, turning on over 5,000 lights that adorned the tree.

“The tree lighting ceremony is a wonderful community event, where people come together with their loved ones, sing carols, and drink hot cocoa,” explained Irene Miller, Executive Director of the Downtown State College Improvement District (DSCID).

Mitchell and many other children donated items in order to enter their names in a drawing to help Santa. Together, they donated 38 toys to Centre County Toys for Tots and 113 non-perishable items to the State College Area Food Bank.

“During this season of giving, it’s wonderful to see our youngest community members giving back,” added Miller.

Local Marines were on-hand to thank the attendees for their donations.

Jeff Brown emceed the event, along with musical group and certified Santa-trackers, Dan and Galla.

The Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania’s ballerinas took the stage to delight the crowd with a selection from their upcoming performance of The Nutcracker. Other holiday favorites were performed by the State College Area High School’s saxophone quartet.

Attendees were bundled up and kept warm with hot cocoa and hot apple cider donated by Webster’s Bookstore Café and Irving’s. Insomnia Cookies were also a very popular item, as well as candy from the Lion’s Club.

The evening’s decorations were a collaborative effort. The State College Borough positioned and decorated the tree, while the Pennsylvania State University’s Office of Physical Plant donated a crew to decorate the smaller trees along Allen Street. The Clean Team from the DSCID helped to hang the wreaths on the light poles along downtown streets.

Santa’s sleigh was a big, red fire engine, driven by a team from Alpha Fire Company.

Of course, many volunteers helped to make the evening a success. Manpower was provided by Stepping Stones Community Church and Next Home Price Point Realty.

And finally, the beautifully lit tree was donated in memory of Grace Strong by her husband, Ed Strong, and her brother, Don Antes, Jr.

“Grace was such a dedicated community supporter, her buoyant smile radiated the holiday giving spirit 365 days a year,” said Miller. “We are so grateful to Ed and Don for their generous donation and it’s so fitting to have Grace’s tree overseeing this spirited community event. She is remembered well tonight.”

For more information about the Downtown State College Improvement District, please visit our website or call the office at (814) 238-7004.


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Townsend Press Donates $420,000 To Camden Nonprofit

Hopeworks ‘N Camden to Receive Donation to Help Fund Expansion and Additional Coaches

Press Release – Camden, NJ (November 17, 2017)Townsend Press, an education publishing company co-owned by John Langan and Judith Nadell, has pledged to donate $420,000 to Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a Camden nonprofit youth training and development organization.

The funding will impact many aspects of the nonprofit, including: expanding the facility with 6,000 additional square feet of space; adding a Life Readiness Coach and a Lead Trainer to work with and train Hopeworks youth; as well as providing Youth Stipends, allowing for the addition of 30 youth into the training pipeline each year.

“This is a landmark moment for Hopeworks,” said Dan Rhoton, Executive Director. “With this new funding from Townsend Press, Hopeworks has the unique opportunity to make a dramatic and sustainable impact on the lives of Camden’s young people. As new businesses come to our city and we continue to expand economically, the city’s young people will have the opportunity to share in that growth.”

The pledge is a two-year commitment and the nonprofit will receive half the donation now, and half next year to immediately begin making these changes in the organization.

About Hopeworks ‘N Camden

Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology, and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future. Together, they seize the opportunity to heal and thrive in the midst of violence and poverty.

Hopeworks’ youth are trained in state-of-the-art computer applications: geographic information services (GIS), Salesforce administration, and website development, as well as other necessary industry skills to land future employment.

Since 2000, Hopeworks has had close to 3,000 more youth visit as trainees who have since gone on to earn GEDs, attend and complete college, and earn jobs. Recently, the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team won the prestigious National Scattergood Innovation Award.


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Citymeals On Wheels Raises Over $1 Million At The 31st Annual Power Lunch For Women

“Good Day New York’s” Rosanna Scotto Hosted the Benefit to Provide Nearly 136,000 Meals for New York City’s Homebound Elderly

Press Release – (Thursday, November 16, 2017 – New York, NY) – Earlier this afternoon, over 300 women – leaders in the fields of entertainment, business, technology, arts, media, and politics – gathered at New York City’s famed Rainbow Room to support Citymeals on Wheels at the non-profit’s 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women. The intimate luncheon was emceed by “Good Day New York” anchor Rosanna Scotto and raised over $1 million to provide nearly 136,000 nourishing meals to New York’s City’s homebound elderly. One hundred percent of the money raised from the event will go directly to the preparation and delivery of meals for the city’s frail aged in all five boroughs.

What began in 1986 as a take on the traditional men’s power breakfast has grown into a networking imperative for the city’s most influential women. This year’s luncheon honored longtime supporters Nick Valenti (Citymeals Board Member and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group), Patina Restaurant Group and Tren’ness Woods-Black (President & Chief Strategist, TWB & Sylvia’s Restaurant).

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels, said, “The homebound elderly we serve are the city’s most vulnerable population. They count on the vital lifeline of nutritious meals and warm companionship Citymeals provides. Thanks to the generosity of the women – and men – in this room, our frail aged neighbors can take comfort in knowing that Citymeals will always be there for them and that they will not be forgotten. Thank you to Nick, Patina Restaurant Group and Tren’ness, as well as all our guests and sponsors who are ensuring no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without a nourishing meal and a friendly smile.

A board member since 1991, Valenti has championed several Citymeals initiatives, including Citymeals Dineout and Chefs Deliver. He and Patina Restaurant Group also serve as hosts for the annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels, which celebrated its 32nd anniversary last June. “Serving on the board of Citymeals on Wheels for the last 26 years has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life,” explained Valenti.

Woods-Black, a longtime friend of Citymeals on Wheels, was also honored for her dedication to the city’s homebound elderly, spearheading the organization’s inclusion in the Harlem EatUp! festival. “Nourishing my frail aged neighbors is a privilege. As my grandmother Sylvia would often say: It is better to give than receive,” Tren’ness noted.

Dedicated Citymeals volunteer, Heava Lawrence-Challenger, was also honored with the City National Spirit Award for her enduring commitment to older New Yorkers in need. Every Saturday, she and her school-age daughter deliver meals to their homebound elderly neighbors before visiting with an 84-year-old meal recipient who lives alone and with whom they have developed a special bond.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals on Wheels has delivered 56 million meals throughout the five boroughs. Each year, the organization prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to more than 18,000 frail aged New Yorkers.

Citymeals on Wheels’ official airline is American Airlines and official water is FIJI Water. Event sponsors included Bloomingdale’s, Citarella, City National Bank, Cushman & Wakefield, Travelers, and Zabar’s.


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Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. Hosts A Night To R.E.M.ember for Children In Need

Press Release – LIVONIA, MI, November 16, 2017 – The streets of old Detroit were bustling during Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.’s largest annual fundraising event, A Night To R.E.M.ember, with guests savoring Detroit’s finest eats and shopping a wide variety of auction items. “Dreamzzz for Success” was the theme of the evening at the Detroit Historical Museum, and the local nonprofit hoped to inspire donors to make contributions to shape the future for children in need.

And they did.

With the support of Presenting Sponsor, Michigan Medicine Sleep Disorders Center, Sweet Dreamzzz™ raised over $65,000 to fund sleep education programs for economically disadvantaged families throughout Michigan and across the country. The organization’s programs teach students, parents, and teachers the basics of a healthy bedtime routine and why a good night’s sleep is necessary for academic success. Additionally, every student receives a sleep kit that includes either a sleeping bag or blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste, nightshirt and reading book.

“Sweet Dreamzzz™ was founded on the belief that a good night’s sleep is fundamental to children’s health and learning,” says Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS, Director of the Michigan Medicine Sleep Disorders Center. “They play a critical role for so many children and their families. We hear all the time about exercise and nutrition. Virtually no one mentions anything about healthy sleep, which is every bit as important. Sweet Dreamzzz has worked hard to fill that gap — school by school, classroom by classroom, child by child — for two decades.”

In addition to raising money to support its mission, Sweet Dreamzzz named its 2017 Susan M. Fezzey Award of Excellence winner, Mary Pat O’Malley, a Divine Child High School teacher. For over 6 years, O’Malley’s classes have volunteered to assist with Sweet Dreamzzz programs and make fleece blankets for the kindergarten students. Over 1,000 Divine Child students have volunteered for Sweet Dreamzzz under O’Malley’s leadership.

“Sweet Dreamzzz is so grateful for the support of the community. Research has shown that our sleep education programs have had a positive impact on the sleep duration of a young child. Families are also creating bonding moments while making reading part of their evening routine. The continued awareness of the importance of sleep for children is critical to their health and education,” says Sweet Dreamzzz Executive Director, Nancy Maxwell.

Sweet Dreamzzz would like to once again thank the sponsors of the event: Michigan Medicine Sleep Disorders Centers, Hour Detroit, Design Systems Inc., Bosco’s Pizza Company, Arrow Strategies, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Dan Wood Plumbing & Heating, Service Construction LLC, McCarthy & Smith Inc., Hirotec America Inc., Butch and Deb Kuptz, DM Promotions, Dave and Lori Wathen, Reverie, Drew Besonson, J&J Construction, Young & Young Architects, Comcast Cable Communications, Abbey Flooring & Design, Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, St. Hedwig Cemetery, Watch Me Grow Pediatrics, O’Brien Sullivan Funeral Home, Blue Ribbon Contracting Inc., Quality Air Systems, D.C. Beyers Detroit Inc., Preferred Glass, Daniels Glass Inc., Dynamic Machine of Detroit Inc., Northwest Acoustical Inc., Michael Smith, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, ARC Document Solutions, Novi Dental, Michielutti Brothers Inc., MICA TEC INC, Great Lakes Mechanical, Douglas Electric Co. and William and Sally Dick.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a regional nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being, and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Based in Metro Detroit, Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the benefits of healthy sleep and establishing a bedtime routine using innovative programs including its Early Childhood Sleep Education Program, Parent Sleep Education Workshop, and R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program. Since its founding, Sweet Dreamzzz has served more than 55,000 at-risk children and families. For more information, please visit www.SweetDreamzzz.org.


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Univision Communications Inc Launches Univision Foundation, Expanding Focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Philanthropic, and Social Impact Activities

Press Release – NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 14, 2017 – Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today launched the Univision Foundation, a non-profit public charity with the mission of promoting the well-being of the Hispanic and multicultural communities served by UCI’s owned and operated platforms and partner organizations.

In addition to supporting empowerment and philanthropic activities, the Univision Foundation will support independent journalism, innovative storytelling, and digital projects designed to advance education, health, civic engagement, and other critical issues among the constituencies served by UCI. The non-profit will partner with like-minded organizations including foundations, community groups, government agencies and businesses that are committed to advancing public discourse and civic participation around key issues. The Foundation will also build upon UCI’s existing partnerships with foundation partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, and Ford Foundation, among others.

“More than ever we have a responsibility to the communities that make up today’s rising American mainstream. The Univision Foundation will build a path to further engage, in tandem with partners that share our mission to empower Hispanics and our multicultural youth,” said UCI’s president & CEO Randy Falco.

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, UCI’s EVP of Government & Corporate Affairs, will serve as President of the Univision Foundation, with Stephen Keppel, VP, Social Impact & General Manager of Rise Up, filling the role of Executive Director.

Both Herrera-Flanigan and Keppel will serve on the foundation’s board along with:

  • Margaret Lazo, UCI’s Chief Human Resources Officer, who will serve as Chair;
  • Ronald Estrada, UCI’s SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Empowerment, who will serve as Secretary;
  • Claudia Marton, UCI’s Corporate Finance and Administration Manager, who will serve as Treasurer;
  • Boris Gartner, FUSION’s Chief Operating Officer;
  • Cristina Hernandez, VP, The Verna Myers Company;
  • Rosemary Mercedes, UCI’s EVP & Chief Communications Officer;
  • Raju Narisetti, CEO of Gizmodo Media Group; and
  • Jessica Rodriguez, UCI’s EVP & Chief Marketing Officer

“The Univision Foundation is an expansion of our long-term commitment to supporting and empowering our communities,” said Herrera-Flanigan. “Now more than ever, we stand side by side with the millions of U.S. Hispanics and multiculturals striving to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Visit corporate.univision.com for more information on UCI, and follow @UCIPRTeam on Twitter and Instagram.


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LUX LED Lighting Partners With Unite to Light for Upcoming Holiday Season

LED lighting manufacturer teams up with organization for holiday giving campaign

Press Release – SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — California-based lighting manufacturer LUX LED Lighting is excited to announce its partnership with nonprofit Unite to Light to give light to those in need this holiday season.

Unite To Light provides portable, solar-powered lamps to communities without electricity. Whether from disaster, lack of infrastructure, or inability to pay, the organization aims to bring light to those who would otherwise live in darkness.

For each LUX LED Lighting product sold this holiday season, the brand pledges to donate a solar lamp through their partnership with Unite to Light. Through this partnership, LUX LED Lighting hopes to establish a grassroots giving campaign that responds to both local and global community needs.

“1.2 billion people are currently without electricity, including many in our own backyard who have been affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires,” says Roger Edgar, CEO of LUX LED Lighting. “Our team was motivated by Unite to Light’s dedication to providing an effective solution to those living in darkness, and we are proud to contribute to that mission.”

The giving campaign will kick off on November 24, 2017 in conjunction with a 30% site-wide Black Friday discount that will be available on LUX LED Lighting’s website. The campaign will extend through December 26, 2017, providing ample opportunity for consumers to join the charitable mission. Products can be purchased by going to www.store.luxledlights.com.


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IIX and Korea Social Investment Foundation Join Forces to Advance Impact Investing in Asia

Press Release – SINGAPORE, 16 November, 2017 — Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and the Korea Social Investment Foundation (KSIF, Impact Factory) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the Republic of Korea on November 10th to advance impact investing in Asia and the Pacific. KSIF, a pioneer of impact finance in Korea, and IIX, a leader of impact investing, will leverage their combined networks and expertise to magnify social and environmental impact for sustainable development and empower marginalized people across the region.

“Collaboration is key to unlocking the potential of impact investing,” expressed Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX. “IIX is thrilled to join forces with the Korea Social Investment Foundation and explore a range of joint projects which will support innovative financing for development and vitalize the impact investing ecosystem across Asia and the Pacific.”

Mr. Jongick LEE adds, “Through this MOU, we will actively conduct joint researches and projects with the IIX for the development of the impact investment between Korea and Singapore. I believe the activities will contribute to strengthening the impact investment ecosystem and network in Asia”

About IIX: Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is a Singapore-based impact enterprise that builds pathways to connect backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world through impact investing. IIX investment platforms and innovative financial products enable impact enterprises to accelerate their business and scale their positive impact, while pushing the impact investing space from the margins to the mainstream. To date, the work of IIX has spanned 20 countries and continues to expand with the mission of unlocking US$1.7 billion of impact investment capital, impacting 100 million lives by 2022.

About Korea Social Investment Foundation (Impact Factory): Korea Social Investment Foundation is a Seoul-based non-profit organization which is a pioneer of impact finance in the Republic of Korea that has provided financial services and business consulting for impact enterprises and social projects at a size of USD 60 million. The organization supports impact finance strategies and fosters partnerships that promote sustainable development with a greater vision of forming a unified body to overcome current social challenges facing the country and surrounding nations.


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Camfed Wins International Award for High Impact Education Innovation

Camfed Tanzania’s Learner Guide Program celebrated as one of the winning projects of the 2017 WISE Awards at biennial summit in Doha

  • Through Camfed’s Learner Guide Program, young educated women from marginalized backgrounds return to their local schools as mentors and role models, delivering a structured life skills curriculum, helping marginalized children succeed.
  • Program representative Lydia Wilbard, National Director of Camfed Tanzania, accepted the award and delivered her address at the WISE Awards Keynotes on 15 November in Doha, Qatar.
  • Ms Wilbard is challenging the audience to help ‘shift the balance of power’ towards young people from marginalized communities with the lived experience to galvanize lasting change.

Press Release – Doha, Qatar – 15 November 2017 – In sub-Saharan Africa, 75% of girls start primary education, but only 8% graduate from lower secondary school[1]. For more than two decades Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, has been working to address this issue by supporting girls in some of the most marginalized communities in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to go to school, succeed, and then step up as community leaders supporting the next generation to access quality education, and break the cycle of poverty.

This week at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, educationists are meeting to discuss some of the most pressing issues in global education. Today, six high-impact projects from around the globe were honored with the WISE Awards, which recognize scalable and replicable projects that demonstrate a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society.

Among them is Camfed Tanzania’s Learner Guide Program, which has already trained more than 800 young women graduates — most of whom had been supported to go to school by Camfed — to return to their local schools as mentors and role models, delivering a life skills curriculum, and supporting marginalized students in their studies. Together with Camfed’s community-led, holistic support program for girls at school, this has resulted in an unprecedented uplift in learning outcomes, especially among the most marginalized girls.

In her keynote address today, Ms. Wilbard expanded on the story of Learner Guide Stumai, who featured in a short film produced by WISE for the awards. “Learner Guides like Stumai understand the psychology of poverty, because they have lived it. They are ideally placed to provide emotional support and information to vulnerable students, who are more likely to confide in empathetic peers. Deeply rooted in their communities, Learner Guides understand the local challenges. They can take swift action to rally the resources necessary to remove the barriers keeping girls out of school,” she explained.

Ms. Wilbard herself comes from a marginalized background. Completing her secondary education against great personal odds, she ran several small businesses to fund her high school and university education. As a founding member of the Camfed alumnae association, CAMA, in Tanzania in 2005, she became an active business mentor and leader within the network. Today she is the organization’s National Director, and has played an instrumental part in launching and overseeing the development and scaling of Camfed’s Learner Guide Program in Tanzania.

On November 16 between 11:30 and 12:45, Ms Wilbard will deliver one of the ‘Provocations’ sessions in Auditorium 3, in which she will ask the audience to shift the balance of power towards experts like Stumai.

“All over the world, we are seeing a split between the ‘experts’ and those at the margins, who do not feel that the experts understand their lives, or work for them. So I am here to ask how we institutionalize leadership by the true experts in solutions that benefit the marginalized, and break down the many barriers that remain,” she says.

To find out more about Camfed’s work, visit https://camfed.org.

Selected WISE 2017 summit sessions will be live streamed on the WISE channel.

About Camfed

Camfed supports marginalised girls to go to school, succeed, and lead change

Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become Camfed Association (CAMA) alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. In 2017, CAMA celebrated 100,000 members.

Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programs have supported more than 1.9 million children to go to school in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Tanzania at more than 5,400 partner schools. In 2014, Camfed was recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. That year, Camfed set itself the ambitious goal to support 1 million girls through secondary school in just five years. By the beginning of 2017, it had surpassed the halfway mark.

This September, Camfed’s Learner Guide Program was selected as one of the six winning projects of the 2017 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards for innovative and impactful approaches to today’s most urgent education challenges.

Camfed is currently running a UK Aid Match appeal, which sees the UK government double donations to the NGO until 10 January 2017, in a bid to raise the funds to introduce the Learner Guide Program to Zambia.

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):

The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education. Through the biennial summit, collaborative research and a range of on-going programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education. WISE 2017 will take place in Doha November 14-16 under the theme: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”.

For further information about WISE, visit www.wise-qatar.org

[1] Source: Brookings Institutions, Raising the Global Ambition for Girls’ Education


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Statement: America Recycles Day Marks 20th Anniversary; Focuses Nation’s Attention on Improving Recycling Everyday

Today, Nov. 15, 2017, is the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative to raise awareness about the value of recycling.

While most people agree that recycling is good for the environment, America Recycles Day is an opportune time to stress that recycling is also good for our economy and our communities.

Through America Recycles Day, it’s our aim to teach Americans the importance of recycling right – recycling clean, uncontaminated materials correctly – and to encourage buying products made from recycled content. And while more than 70 percent of the population has access to recycling, the number that actually participate is much lower.

Consider that 20 years ago, 217 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) were generated and 58.6 million tons – 27 percent – were recycled or composted. More recently (2014 is the most recent data available), more than 258 million tons of MSW are generated annually, and the nation has a 35 percent recycling rate with 89 million tons being recycled or composted. With more than 130 million tons being landfilled, considerable opportunity remains to recover material and keep it in the economy as a feedstock to make new products.

Twenty years after the inaugural America Recycles Day, we find ourselves in an interdependent global economy, in which recycling and the use of recycled materials plays a significant role. The China Ministry of Environmental Protection’s July filing with the World Trade Organization announcing a ban on certain scrap imports has put our domestic recycling markets in a state of flux.

It is true that we still need to increase recycling participation in the United States, while continuing to promote reduced consumption. It is also more critical than ever that we produce a cleaner stream of recyclables, and promote the purchase of products and packaging made from recycled materials. By focusing on improving the quality of materials entering the recycling stream – and enhancing efforts to educate consumers – we can deliver lasting economic benefits to communities nationwide.

In addition to building efficient and affordable recycling infrastructure, we can create a domestic feedstock for manufacturers and support those manufacturers through the purchase of their products. Those systems are within our ability to support individually and create both economic and environmental benefit. Convenience and knowledge are critical factors for individuals to more easily and effectively engage in the act of recycling, whether at home, at work, at school, or on-the-go. So, too, is an understanding that their efforts to recycle and to Buy Recycled make a difference.

There is good news. Consumers value and want to recycle – they recycle more than they vote – and they are interested in purchasing goods from companies using recycled content. This demand has grown eight percent since 2012, according to Natural Marketing Institute’s Consumer Trends Database. In addition, based on Keep America Beautiful and NMI’s recent Consumer Recycling Tracker Survey, 44 percent of all American adults are interested in what companies are doing to use more recycled content in their products and packaging.

Much work is underway by government, municipalities, industry, and nonprofits to re-establish greater focus, improvements and opportunities for the next generation of recycling. Through the simple act of recycling and buying recycled products, consumers can create the momentum that helps invigorate the materials markets and fills the supply chain with recycled materials. That, in turn, can fuel manufacturers, and other industry innovations.

Twenty years ago the message behind America Recycles Day was: “Keep Recycling Working. Buy Recycled.” Today, the message is no less important. On the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, we remind everyone to find out what can be recycled in your community – continue to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” – and when you buy, Buy Recycled. Finally, we encourage you to take the #BeRecycled Pledge and commit to living a recycled lifestyle.


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