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ACCESS TO INFORMATION: Digital Resources

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Your Web IQ Can Do More Than Cure Cancer by Jack Adraka
An inventor, scientist and open web activist, Jack Andraka may be best known for inventing an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. A great deal of his success relied on openly available research on the internet, so Jack has since become a champion for open access of information. He hopes to inspire other youth to get involved in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics]. “Access to knowledge is, you know, a basic human right,” Jack says. “Knowledge should not be commoditized; it wants to be free.” 

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Like all scientific discoveries, Jack’s research built on the progress of other researchers. But without an institutional affiliation, he didn’t have access to the expensive scholarly databases that many scientists have. He relied heavily upon the free articles archived on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed Central research archive, whose Creative Commons–licensed holdings make up over one-third of a million articles. CC licenses act like grease in the gears of scientific progress, allowing important innovations like his to be shared between researchers and spread throughout the community more quickly.

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INFORMATION ACCESS: Literacy

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Why Books? by Riley Carney

Passionate about promoting global literacy, renowned author, Riley Carney founded her nonprofit, Breaking The Chain in 2007 when she was just 14 years old.  Since then her team and programs committed to eliminating poverty for children has grown both within the United States and internationally. Breaking The Chain purchases new books for classrooms in low-literacy elementary schools across the U.S. and built three schools in Africa, plus water purification systems, and alternative income for adults in the villages so the children can stay in school.


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Children who have not learned to read by age ten will likely be illiterate for the rest of their lives. Two-thirds of children who do not learn to read by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Only 12% of the nation’s high schools generate half of the nation’s dropouts.  Focusing on the schools that feed into these high schools we will help to close this achievement gap.  In the United States, there are 32 million adults who can’t read. That adds up to 14% of America’s TOTAL population. Further, 21% of American adults read at below a fifth-grade level and the U.S. illiteracy rate hasn't changed in 10 years.

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INFORMATION ACCESS: Access To Education

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Do YOU Want To Be The First? by Lorraine McGee

She’s the First is a nonprofit which invites students to form their own chapters on campus.  Lorraine founded a chapter at American University in Washington D.C. where she is responsible for hosting  fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor girls at She’s the First partner schools.

PeerSpring's insight:

There are over 500 million adolescent girls and young women in developing countries. Many of these women could potentially play a significant role in economic and social change, but aren't given the opportunity due to the lack of funds for education. The women are not just missing out on the opportunity to achieve their dreams, but their countries are missing out on a huge investment for these young women who could be tremendous resources for greater economic growth and social value. Can you just imagine the positive change these girls could bring to their countries, and the world if given the proper education?

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INFORMATION ACCESS: Access To Education

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Can A Headband Provide Free Access To Education? by Mary Grace Reverse The Course (RTC) is a social enterprise founded by Mary Grace Henry when she was 12 years old. RTC makes its money from the sale of reversible headbands designed by Mary Grace.  Her organization is dedicated to directly impacting lives by assisting girls in under-developed communities attend school. RTC provides the means for tuition, board, uniform and texbook costs. To date they have assisted 35 girls for a total of 94 years of education and expenses. 

PeerSpring's insight:

There are approximately 130 million school-age children who are not in school, 70% of them girls. In the developing world girls are not valued like boys are. They are not given as much food as the boys, they do not receive vaccinations, they rarely can attend school and many are often married by the time they reach 14. Girls follow two paths –  obtain an education or be denied an education.

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HUMAN RIGHTS: Human Trafficking

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Slavery Is Real: by Austin Knight.  This project was founded in order to increase awareness of the dire problem of human trafficking, and help people discover simple ways that they can be part of the solution.

Slavery Is Real puts on awareness events to reach many people at once. They ask people in their community to host an event such as a film screening or a presentation on human trafficking. They deliver speeches at secular and religious institutions and focus a lot of their energy on campus engagement, both college and high school. They have made it easy for anyone who would be willing to host an event to get involved by including an event proposal on their website.

PeerSpring's insight:

Modern slavery is practiced in every nation and city on earth today with the US as one of the top three buyers of trafficked persons internationally. In fact, half of all revenue generated in human trafficking industries comes from the United Sates, and Americans account for 1/4 of all child sex tourists, while constituting only 1/23 or the world population.

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ENVIRONMENTAL: Waste Management

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Don't Let Plastic Bully You: by Abby Goldberg 

Inspired by the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways, Abby set out to ban plastic bags in her northeast Illinois community. But faced with a proposed state bill that would forbid towns from banning plastic bags, Abby took her fight to state legislators through her “Don't Let Big Plastic Bully Me” campaign on Change.org. Her petition gathered over 174,000 signatures and influenced the Governor’s veto of the state bag bill in August 2012. Since then, Abby has testified in favor of a new Chicago check-out bag ordinance, which would ban plastic bags at Chicago stores.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year and is estimated that 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.

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ENVIRONMENTAL: Waste Management

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What If You Could RECYCLE the Power of Creativity? by Yoni Kalin

Color My World (CMW) collects crayons from family restaurants and donates them to under-funded children's centers and schools. The goal of the project is to abandon a culture of waste and by example create a greater green sensibility. CMW addresses the lack of artistic materials in low-income schools and centers. Our venture does so by preventing the waste of perfectly good art materials and repurposing them. Many low budget schools can only afford to purchase the "necessities" such as desks and chairs, and are forced to cut off certain funding for artistic materials such as crayons. We collect and donate crayons to low budget schools, centers and family shelters in the DC Metropolitan area, and plan to expand throughout the country in the near future. CMW reps are already starting collections in Houston and New York. Drawing materials help stimulate a child's imagination and nurture a child's desire for creativity. With CMW access to art and and the value of recycling becomes accessible to all.

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Most commercial crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum based wax that can take up to five, ten and even 25 years to naturally biodegrade!  

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HUMAN RIGHTS: Human Trafficking

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If You Were A Slave: by Tyler Page

Since founding Kids Helping Kids in 2007, I have raised over $250,000 dollars for disadvantaged youth globally. We have contributed to the rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and education of over 400 trafficked children in Ghana. Our goal is to provide aid to the victims and their families so that they can be free to live a life of choice.

In 2012, I took a team on a rescue mission on Lake Volta in Ghana to personally witness this issue first hand and rescued 4 children, Akpene, Kwajo, MIchael and Neste.

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In Ghana, West Africa, one in six children aged 4-14 are at risk for being sold into a life of slavery otherwise known as "forced labor", 2.3 percent of them are forced to work in the fishing industry on Lake Volta.

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VIOLENCE: Child Abuse

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No More Bruises! by Jennifer Wright

Jennifer co-founded TADA, Together Against Domestic Abuse in March of 2010 in the hopes of bringing an end to domestic violence in southern New Hampshire. TADA hands out brochures at events (also available online) and hosts self-defense classes and in-school seminars. The goal is to educate people, with a strong focus on teenage girls, on what abuse is, how to spot it, how to escape from it, and how to recover from it. . TADA's goal is to raise awareness in the community about all forms of violence, including ways to spot, prevent, and escape unhealthy relationships, and to guide people in conflict resolution to foster healthy relationships. We have three main programs outlining educational flyers, self-defense and creating awareness through speaking engagements.

PeerSpring's insight:

Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be abused in their lifetime, and 7 million children live in families where severe partner violence occurred.

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WELLNESS: Disease

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Can a Teddy Bear Cure Diabetes? by Katie Rhoten
Katie's project provides grants to medical facilities so that new toys, stuffed animals and books for the children receiving medical care can be purchased. With each stuffed toy Katie donates to help manage a kid's pain, she is also spreading awareness to the disease of type 1 diabetes. Katie professes she will not stop until a cure is found.

PeerSpring's insight:

Every year more than 3 million children are hospitalized in the United States. The hospital is a very scary place for kids -- especially those facing lots of IV's, insulin shots, finger pokes and a crash course in learning how to manage a chronic disease that has the potential to kill you, such as Type 1 diabetes.  Help Katie make things better for hospitalized children.

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WELLNESS: Sports & Fitness

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Peddling 1,700 miles for sports equipment by Matt Stolz 
Growing up in Wisconsin all his life, Matt was always involved with sports and recognized that he learned a plethora of different values which he believes are important for all young men. Matt is a highly motivated freshman currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has been a proud supporter of the organization for the past two years, completing in a nationwide bike ride in order to raise awareness for one of the organization’s newest international initiatives, ONE WORLD. ONE TEAM. ONE RIDE. 

PeerSpring's insight:

Sports are a great way to increase physical health. However, most sports require equipment such as certain types of balls, protective gear, and particular shoes. About 80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day, which puts sports equipment at a low priority. Sports equipment can be incredibly expensive, depriving kids of what could be a very beneficial experience. To use a common example, baseball can cost anywhere from $200 up to $3,000  per season for one child.

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POVERTY: Child Poverty

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Do Orphans Stand A Chance? by Mathew Benjamin

In 2012 Mathew started, A Chance For The Children, to build orphanages in Uganda and raise awareness about the need to improve orphan and foster care locally. To date they have taken on several different fundraising efforts such as spirit nights, which is partnering with local restaurants to raise money for our cause, and organizing runs while seeking sponsorships for my training miles. His hope is that these efforts will light a fire in the hearts of others to help those in need.

PeerSpring's insight:

In the African country of Uganda, there are about 2.5 million orphans. The rate of orphans has remained constant since 2001, which becomes more troublesome as the overall population grows. Orphans can grow up in a wide variety of conditions -- anywhere from living on the street, to living in an orphanage, to the lucky few who become adopted. As a whole, orphans are much more vulnerable than the general population, simply due to the lack of an adequate support system.

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VIOLENCE: Bullying

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Gen Z Stops SeXting by the Community Action Project group of 2013, a group of year 10 students who graduated from the Maroondah Young Leaders program, located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  They are using the skills learned from that program to help the global community. They have chosen to focus on sexting because it is a widely spread but little known problem in our generation.

PeerSpring's insight:

Sexting is defined by the U.S. court system as “an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.” The messages may be text, photo, or video.

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ENVIRONMENTAL: Climate Change

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Are You Cool Enough To Stop Global Warming? by Chloe Maxmin, a junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Chloe founded the Climate Action Club at her high school and galvanized green movement in her school and mid-coast Maine community.  Her achievements as a youth activist were recognized both nationally and internationally. She also founded Fist Here, Then Everywhere.  Chloe is on the Editorial Board of the Harvard Crimson and is the coordinator for Divest Harvard.

 

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This project is geared to divest Harvard from reliance on fossil-fuels, and has 3 desired impact outcomes: (i) freeze new investments in fossil fuel companies; (ii) divest direct holdings (currently $36.4 million) from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies; (iii) divest indirect holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies within 5 years, and reinvest in socially responsible funds.

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INFORMATION ACCESS: STEM education

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Origami Salami: by Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz is on a missionto inspire learners to think outside the book about STEM studies by studying folding. She inspires the world to fold for good with 14 student-powered chapters in the USA, Australia, the Philippines, and Hungary. 

PeerSpring's insight:

According to the National Math & Science Initiative we are in STEM crisis; 54% of high school graduates aren’t ready for college math and 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science.

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ANIMAL WELFARE: Hunting & Poaching

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Can You Imagine Our World Without Elephants? by Juliette West 

Juliette's goal is to eliminate the suffering of elephants through changes in human behavior and to promote the liberation of captive elephants into sanctuaries.  To do this, she believes it will take the development of youth advocates, through the use of media, public speaking and online tools.  Her current focus is growing youth leaders in Afica to help stop the ivory trade through "Global Youth Against Ivory Trade" school clubs program which I launched in 2013.

PeerSpring's insight:

There are only about 40,000 wild African Elephants still alive in the world, and despite a shift in attitudes about the preservation of endangered species, there is an eminent risk of extinction.

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WELLNESS: Disease

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Let's ROCK Kids' Cancer: by Teagan Steadman

For the past five years, we've been raising money to help fund pediatric cancer treatments used in clinical trials to find the cure! As a nonprofit run entirely by kids (with the guidance of adults), we know how to rally the kind of support our peers need.  To date we've raised more than $155,000 and have funded several grants to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA in support of research that leads to the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with cancer.

PeerSpring's insight:

Every year 12,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer, and 35% of those children will not survive. In fact, cancer accounts for the deaths of more children than all other pediatric diseases combined

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POVERTY: Child Poverty

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Gotta Have Sole by Nicholas Lowinger

Nicholas established Gotta Have Sole in 2010 and since that time has donated new footwear to over 10,000 children in homeless shelters in 21 states throughout the United States.

PeerSpring's insight:

The new face of American poverty is often that of a child's.  And that's because 1-in-5 children in the USA is poor -- living at or below the federal poverty level.  While our country ranks first in Gross Domestic Product and leads the world in its number of billionaires, it is the second worst country when it comes to child poverty rates, just ahead of Romania.

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WELLNESS: Drug Abuse

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Who Is Using YOUR Prescription Drugs? by Jordyn Schara

In 2009 Jordyn Schara started Foundation HOPE, Helping Our Peers Excel after a boy her age (14), died of drug over-dose.  Prescription drug abuse is at a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Overdose deaths involving these drugs more than tripled from 1999 to 2010, with more than 16,000 death in that year. By contrast, heroin overdoses totaled less than 8,000.  Since founding her organization, Jordyn has collected over 600,000 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs.

PeerSpring's insight:

More people abuse prescription drugs than they do heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines combined.  Improperly disposed drugs often end up in water sources, causing health problems for both people and animals, especially water inhabitants such as frogs and fish.

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HUMAN RIGHTS: Ethnic Rights

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"Third World" Conditions In Our Backyard? by Maggie Dunne

In 2009 Maggie founded Lakota Children’s Enrichment (LCE), a 501c3 nonprofit purposed to empower and amplify youth voice in Pine Ridge. This is achieved by providing opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership and mentorship. At the same time, LCE educates these kids about the challenges facing American Indian Nations today, and have programs tailored to meet specific needs of schools and community partners. LCE serves about 3,000 youth annually through their Youth Advisory Board who actively guides our programming.  Over the past few years her organization has also provided over $120,000 in aid by supplying coats, boots and school supplies to the impoverished people of Pine Ridge.

PeerSpring's insight:

Pine Ridge is a community that the United Nations has called one of the most marginalized and historically wronged indigenous communities in the world, a dubious distinction for a community located in the heartland of the world’s richest nation. In fact, a 2012 Human Rights report warned that unless the United States engages in meaningful reconciliatory action, its moral credibility will be in jeopardy when it makes human rights demands of other nations.  

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