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Invest in Youth-Led Solutions!

2013 has been a great year for Youth SEED, and we have big plans for 2014!  We've been developing an ecosystem of support for youth-led innovation, including a partnership with Kiva Zip, and the creation of the first Youth HUB in collaboration with United Roots and Impact HUB Oakland.   As 2013 comes to a close, please consider an making investment in Youth SEED, which will go towards training youth to develop social enterprise solutions to the most pressing issues in our community.

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San Francisco, CA 94104


Youth Innovation Panel in Oakland

Oakland has a long history of being ahead of the curve and creating disruptive innovations that spread across the globe.  Youth SEED is proud to be a part of a surging movement to propel youth-led innovation, and we will be hosting a panel on January 22 from 6-8pm to showcase some leading examples in Oakland.  Join us at United Roots (2781 Telegraph Ave in Oakland) for a forum featuring organizations who are pushing the envelope of youth innovation through technology and entrepreneurship and meet some of the youth who are participating in those programs. This event is part of a national Community Innovators initiative, sponsored by Americorps Public Allies, with similar events taking place in Delaware, Chicago, New York and L.A. Check our website in early January or email [email protected] for more details.


Youth Social Enterprise in South America!

Como se dice social entrepreneur? In January, Youth SEED will be leading a training on social entrepreneurship for 26 youth from Paraguay and Uruguay who are participating in Amigos de Las Americas' Youth Ambassador program. The youth will be connecting with 13 Bay Area youth (pictured) who traveled to Uruguay in June 2013 and will be hosted by families across the Bay Area for their month long stay. Each youth will be developing a project to be implemented in their home community, and Youth SEED will support them in understanding the concepts of social enterprise, to create projects with greater impact and sustainability!


Youth Innovation through Film!

Can a good film change the world? At Youth SEED, we believe the answer is yes, especially films that are made by youth. On November 15, Simphony Productions presented 2 films at Compathos' Relevate Film Festival at the New Parkway theater in Oakland and participated in a panel discussion with Youth SEED and United Roots. 'The Voyage,' directed by Gabriella Huerta, depicts the journey of one family from Mexico to the U.S. and the hardships they faced along the way. 'Under the Gun,' directed by Demario Williams from Youth Uprising, depicts the filmmakers' experience of being shot while making his own film addressing gun violence in Oakland. Luis Montoya of Simphony Productions was director of photography for both films. 'Come to the Table' directed by Zoe Salnave, chronicles the growth of the edible schoolyard program in Berkeley. Following the screenings, the youth participated in a panel discussion, which highlighted the value of young people having access to the opportunities and resources to tell their own stories and inspire social change. Stay tuned for more movie screenings in the months ahead!


Youth SEED in the Huffington Post!

Earlier this year, Youth SEED secured a partnership with Kiva Zip, enabling us to offer interest free loans to our youth social entrepreneurs!  Our first recipient was Simphony Productions, a youth-led media production company based out of Oakland, California.  Simphony crowdsourced their $1,000 loan in just 8 days from donors around the world and have used the funds to upgrade their website and equiptment, which is part of their strategy to expand their business in order to repay the loan.  The success of the campaign was chronicled in the Huffington Post by Youth SEED co-director and guest blogger aManda Greene.  Stay tuned for future opportunites to invest in an interest free loan for youth!

Youth SEED is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.

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