These are the Difference Makers™
Grades of Green is changing the course of the future by instilling environmental values in students today. Grades of Green began in 2008 at Grand View Elementary in California by four moms wanting a better world for their children. After receiving an award from the EPA, the founders created a non-profit so that other schools would have free and easy access to the tools and information needed to empower and inspire students to care for the environment.
Grades of Green offers 40+ Grades of Green Activities aimed to instill environmental values in students. Whether you want to concentrate on conserving air, energy, waste, water, or toxins, Grades of Green has an array of activities that will help protect the environment today while instilling environmental values in students for years to come.
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Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth, and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.
Their Origin Story:
Valley Youth House began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Valley Youth House was open day and night, ensuring that vulnerable, abused and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling. Even then, they represented more than just a roof and beds; they were an organization committed to building a solid foundation for every individual who came through our doors.
That same dedication still drives them today, as they have grown from that first house in the Valley to over 100 residential sites throughout Pennsylvania. Though their reach and programming has vastly expanded, their mission remains the same. They educate, empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families, and build skills that foster growth and independence.
For over forty years, they have been proud to be there for two generations. They stand ready to be there for the next generation as well. Their doors remain open - they just have more of them now.
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Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) strives to promote infant mental health through building awareness, promoting professional capacity, fostering partnerships and supporting policies which are in the best interest of infants, young children and their families.
WI-AIMH aims for all Wisconsin infants and young children to reach their fullest potential through nurturing and consistent relationships within the context of family, community, and culture.
Their Strategies Used to Promote Infant Mental Health Include:
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County is dedicated to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
What is Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)?
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a voluntary program through which a professional support team oversees a mature, sincere adult volunteer in the development of a supportive, long-term friendship with a child. Their program focuses on the prevention or early intervention of potential difficulties that children may encounter or develop. Recruiting, screening, enrolling, training and matching responsible volunteers with children on a one-to-one basis is done by the Enrollment Specialist at BBBS.
BBBS works in conjunction with area schools, community social service agencies and other referral sources to better meet youths' needs. The Match Support Specialists monitor and evaluate the progress of the match on a regular basis through required monthly contacts with the volunteer, child and parent/guardian.
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Team MARCO and Difference Makers™ may be able to help you in your effort to help others. Each week a $500 credit to use towards a promotional products order (including any set up fees and shipping) will be given free to a 501 (c) (3) organization. Difference Makers™ are welcome to apply.
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