On April 17, Malala Yousafzai and Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of The Malala Fund, will join international activist and Free The Children Co-Founder Craig Kielburger in taking a 24-hour ‘silent’ stand to raise awareness for the millions of girls around the world who have been denied the right to attend school.
The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am donated $800,000 to fund STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs for children in London. He donated his earnings from judging Britain’s The Voice to the Prince’s Trust to set up science education programs taught in conjunction with London’s Science Museum.
I wanted to donate this money so if there is a kid somewhere in the ghetto or undeserving community in London, people just like me, instead of telling he or she to play sports, let’s encourage them to do science or mathematics… I have no doubt that a kid from Brixton or East London can create something that changes the world with the Prince’s Trust.” as told by will.i.am to the London Evening Standard. Read The Rest
Code.org, a non-profit focused on computer programming education, launched today with a short film starring Bill Gates , Mark Zuckerberg , Twitter founder Jack Dorsey , Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh , Dropbox CEODrew Houston , will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and others. The film is featured atwww.Code.org, which also offers educational resources and a petition to promote programming in schools.
On the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Sunday, Feb. 10, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest and multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Justin Timberlake announced that the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences.
The award is open to current U.S.-based music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators — and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. Read The Rest
Yes, you read right! I don’t know too many people who have run ONE marathon much less 50! In 2007, Robert Reffkin set out to run 50 marathons – one in each state. His goal was to raise $1 million dollars for nonprofit organizations that support young people in realizing their dreams through access to educational resources. Talk about paying it forward!
I am keenly aware of the fact that I did not achieve all this by myself. I had a great deal of help all along the way from people who cared and who were willing to give of themselves to others. Now it is my turn. I want to use what I have been given – my health and physical stamina, my abilities and my connectedness with others to reach out to young people and make a difference in their lives.
– Robert Reffkin Read The Rest