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Bridges

We’ve spent much of the last four years figuring out ways to identify and help classmate-sponsored nonprofits. You’ll see the list of what we call "Bridge Projects"—with details about what they are, who sponsors them and what we’ve done to help—below.

As ClassACT has evolved, we have been broadening the definition of Bridges—beyond just “Projects” to embrace a variety of opportunities to connect classmates, who find value in conversations that do not necessarily fall within a well-defined project framework.  For example, Bridges can be simple connections that lead to helpful conversations among classmates and potentially to further help or connections with other resources.  To broaden ClassACT’s ability to connect classmates, we are also facilitating informal networks, topical discussions groups, educational events, and other regional gatherings.

So, in addition to the 13 projects listed below, we are looking to foster conversations and networking among our classmates and others, in areas such as Human Rights and the Environment (you can click on descriptions below), and we will soon introduce a discussion of International Health. To engage in some of those conversations, check out the Discussion Groups. And consider taking more steps—submit a suggestion for how ClassACT can help you and a nonprofit, check out How to Help to share your skills and interests, or send us an email  to raise questions and promote other ideas.




Children's orchestra

The Children's Orchestra Society

The Children's Orchestra Society, founded in 1962 by Dr. H.T. Ma, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "teaching the language of music" to children and teens. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture children and teach them teamwork and life skills through music-learning and performing in orchestral and chamber music settings. Members of COS receive excellent training in classical music and opportunities to perform in concerts with their peers as well as with well-established musicians.

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Children's orchestra


The Corner Institute

The Corner Institute

The Corner Institute got its start in 1998 as an educational resource center for campesino children. When area youths got involved and began initiating projects, an educational exchange program evolved that brought groups from the U.S. to learn from the local community and share their skills. In 2004 a series of requests for crisis assistance from families of migrants to the U.S. alerted us to an emerging problem for the most vulnerable families in an area relatively new to migration. The Corner Institute responded by initiating programs using the new communications technologies to help families stay in touch with migrant relatives in the U.S. and deal with problems before they turn into family-fragmenting crises. 

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The Corner Institute



Environment/Climate Change

There is considerable interest and a wide range of interests, experience, and expertise among classmates around the topic of the Environment/ Climate Change. A small work group has had a series of discussions about how ClassACT might create positive change around environmental issues

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Inquiries into Human Rights

A number of our classmates have expressed great interest in the area of human rights and we have formed a group to develop events and are considering judicial reform in general and mandatory sentencing in particular as a possible initial topic. Other topics have been mentioned including bail reform and right to speedy trial.

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Justice Aid

JusticeAid

JusticeAid formed in 2013 around a simple but profound idea: to organize music and arts events to increase access to opportunity and justice for every person, regardless of their background or circumstance. We partner with outstanding artists and world-changing charities to fight for those most in need, and to ensure that liberty and justice are indeed inalienable rights for every human being.

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National Foster Youth Institute

The National Foster Youth Institute

The National Foster Youth Institute envisions a nation where all children are raised in safe and loving families and where the child welfare system serves as a beacon of hope for families in need. To achieve our vision, we aim to transform the child welfare system and vastly improve outcomes for foster youth by empowering the youth and their families, building a grassroots movement in 435 congressional districts across the country, and partnering with committed policymakers. Truly transformative foster care reform will not come to fruition until the individuals who have personally experienced the child welfare system have a strong voice in the policymaking process. And NFYI is dedicated to ensuring their place at the table.  

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Donna Brown Guillaume
Program Director, HR73



Ole & Nu Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Club

The Club is a dynamic and very localized community support engine powered by Sue Press, the president, whose activities include, volunteering  as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Neglected and Abused Children, mentoring sessions to encourage children regarding peer pressure, family matters, social etiquette, and proper behavior and sponsoring a community activities

Sue Press

Sue Press (left) with classmate 
Therese Steiner


Osiligi Foundation

Osiligi Charity Projects

The Osiligi-Hope Foundation recognizes the value of empowering females to assist their partners in addressing the challenges to their way of life and to contribute their knowledge, skill and perspective in shaping a well- balanced future which secures the best of their heritage with formal education and modern technology. The Foundation has championed female empowerment by speaking out against the practice of female circumcision and encouraging advanced education for young women.

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Osiligi Foundation


Party for Humanity

Party for Humanity

Party for Humanity is a non-profit organization that lets you celebrate by having party guests give to a charity of your choice. Whether it's a first birthday, a Sweet Sixteen, a graduation, or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, there's always an occasion to share your joy with a good cause. Party for Humanity makes it easy to organize donations instead of having guests spend money on a gift. 

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Helen Hershkoff
Founder, HR73


The Roots of Music

The Roots of Music

The Roots of Music provides free year-round music education, academic tutoring, and mentorship for youths ages 9-14 in Greater New Orleans. Founded shortly after Hurricane Katrina to address the challenges facing the city’s youth and the cessation of music education in most of New Orleans’ public middle schools, the program offers children an escape and alternative to the dangerous after-school street life of New Orleans.

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The Salih Self-Development Center

Salih Self-Development Center

The Salih Self-Development Center teaches area children vocational skills, they will be able to find jobs and learn self-sufficiency. It also provides necessities and medical supplies to the community. The Center already made progress towards a better future for Kumasi. Ibrahim Anyars Salih, the President and Founder of the Salih Self-Development Center, grew up in the Aboabo District of Kumasi and knows the challenges that face the children of Kumasi. He saw that children lacked vocational skills and education. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to come to the United States, but has never forgotten his friends who continue to face poverty in Ghana. 

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Salih


White pony express

White Pony Express

To help eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need. “Many friends in Contra Costa County can’t afford to feed or clothe themselves properly. And nonprofit organizations and shelters here often don’t have enough resources to serve them. But we’ve found that many businesses would be pleased to donate their excess food and goods if someone could just pick it up and deliver it. That’s why we created the White Pony Express. We are the connecting link between those with surplus and those in need.” – Founder, Dr. Carol Weyland Connor

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