This year we have received over 300 charity nominations - thanks to all of you for sending them in! It's been impressive to read the nominations and see how many great organizations there are out there, and how well-spoken the people sending in the nominations are. It is going to be really hard to pick just 16 more, but I'm going to try to have a mix of organizations serving youth based on the nominations submitted.
The recipients I'm ready to announce today are: Virginia Tech Relay for Life, the largest collegiate Relay team in the world, and the largest fundraising effort at Virginia Tech, raising money to find a cure for cancer. This charity was nominated by a couple of different fans who are involved in the effort, Allyn and Amanda.
Creative Stages Youth Theater, in Peoria, AZ, nominated by two fans, Marshall and Tammy. This program provides opportunities for youth to get involved in positive creative activities and learn about acting and literature.
Youth House Atlanta operates after school programming for at risk or underprivileged youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This program was nominated by fan Tashua.
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, based in Washington DC and working across the country, raises awareness about ways to prevent gun violence, which takes a toll on far too many youth and families. This program was nominated by Christian.
Teen Lifeline, a phone resource based in Phoenix, provides counselors and peer support for kids who are dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide, providing support to kids when they are most in need. This program was nominated by Conner.
PEN in the Classroom sends professional writers for residencies in underserved classrooms to teach creative writing and foster interest in the written word. This is a program of PEN Center USA and was nominated by Jacqueline. They have been involved in programs across the United States, including Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Thanks for nominating such inspiring and impressive programs! More programs will be announced in the next few weeks.