My Life My Power

Walnut, CA

My Life My Power (MLMP) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit, that was founded in 2010 by undefeated Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and WWE’s Tough Enough Champion, Daniel Puder. While Daniel is a now a pro athlete, things were quite different for him when he was growing up. He struggled with being overweight and was also in Special Education classes throughout the majority of his schooling, which caused him to be an easy target of bullying. When he began to hear of the kids who were committing suicide from being bullied, he felt a personal connection to the issue and knew that something needed to be done to change the mindset of our youth! Rather than simply saying a few public words about this issue, Daniel was compelled to create a program that provided long term solutions and could be implemented in schools and after-school programs!Our Mission To inspire and empower youth through transformational mentoring while adding value within our communities. Our Vision For everyone to have passion for their life's purpose. The CurriculumMy Life My Power has attracted both national and worldwide attention as an innovative evidence-based curriculum with a highly effective youth diversion and mentoring program. In addition to our youth curriculum, we provide flexible and solution based trainings for adults to become mentors to youth in order to create a significant and purpose driven society. Trained mentors are then able to facilitate the MLMP curriculum, which is founded upon utilizing positive psychology and motivational interviewing.Evidence-BasedThe MLMP Program has received scientific support from Nova Southeastern University based on the strength of our systematic evaluations that measure the effect on youth outcomes. The evaluation of the MLMP program utilizes a pre-assessment and post-assessment within-subjects design, capable of addressing the range of outcome data. Overall, our findings have shown an increase in self-esteem, and purpose in life, and a decrease of aggression, and victimization.

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Bob Woodruff Foundation

New York, NY

Our MissionWe ask people to stand up for heroes so that we can find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive.Our VisionTo create long-lasting positive outcomes for our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured veterans, service members and their families.Our StandardsBob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning ABC Television anchor Bob Woodruff and his family after he sustained serious injuries while covering the Iraq war. Their own experiences inspired them to help make sure our nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. Our DifferenceWe stand out from the sea of 46,000 non-profits that serve veterans by the way in which we FIND, FUND and SHAPE innovative programs within that maze.Find. For nearly a decade, we have united leaders of communities, business, government, entertainment, and philanthropy to have the greatest impact possible towards this urgent and worthy cause. We diligently navigate a diverse range of nonprofits to find the most innovative programs meeting the needs of today’s veterans.Fund. Our proprietary process, coupled with due diligence mandated high standards, enables us to invest in effective initiatives and “Support that Sustains.” This creates a connection between community and hero, perpetuating a cycle of positive returns for service members and their families, and contributors alike.Shape. By collaborating with government, private and public organizations, we’re able to influence the best programs and resources and improve upon them. We shape them with innovative solutions, allowing them to be even more efficient and effective at providing the greatest good where it’s needed the most.Our Focus AreasRehabilitation and Recovery. We work tirelessly to make sure education and employment enables and enriches the next chapter of their lives.Education and Employment. With a quarter million service members transitioning form service annually, we work tirelessly to make sure education and employment enables and enriches the next chapter of their lives.Quality of Life. Ensuring injured veterans and their families have access to meaningful opportunities and experiences that enhance their quality of life is at the heart of our mission. Our programs provide service members with senses of purpose, places to live, healthy family relationships, and outlets for socialization.*All donations made to BWF are unrestricted

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Cara

Chicago, IL

Cara provides hope, opportunity and most of all, community, to individuals who need it the most. The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.The term ‘cara’ is the Gaelic word for friend. Since our founding, we have always likened ourselves as a friend who coaches, who pushes, and who supports a community of motivated individuals on their journey towards success.Our WorkCara provides a comprehensive solution to the interrelated challenges of poverty, employment barriers and chronic homelessness. We address poverty by giving individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of training, support, and job placement services. We mitigate many barriers to employment, and address the need for skilled workers in Illinois, by providing our students with on-the-job training and industry-linked training courses. We also maintain relationships with more than 120 Chicagoland employers who trust the quality of our candidates for filling their entry-level positions. And, we stimulate community vibrancy by providing neighborhood beautification services that indelibly boost neighborhood pride and reclaim community identity.Cara , however, is more than a successful and well-regarded workforce development program. And, its social enterprise, Cleanslate, is more than a fast and friendly service keeping our communities clean, and TCP Staffing giving the very best people for the very best reason. Together, these programs are a catalyst for true change and real, lasting success in our students lives. We not only raise the bar on what it means to reclaim neighborhoods block by block, but we also teach valuable job skills in the process. We provide our students with the skills and confidence they need to secure and sustain quality jobs, further their education, and find stable housing, while also empowering them to lead lives of personal and professional excellence....

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The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors

Bixby, OK

The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors is a nonprofit organization that proactively and directly serves “Exceptional Warriors” who as “Quiet Professionals” epitomize honor, valor, service and sacrifice.Our MissionThe FEW assists in the healing process of the families and veterans of Special Operations Forces, those recognized for valorous actions, Prisoners of War and also those wounded in combat, regardless of era, by providing customized therapeutic recreational and sporting events, at both the local and national levels, to enhance their mental and physical health and to better allow for successful reintegration with their family and community.Our VisionTo reach, recognize, and refresh Exceptional Warriors through the utilization of therapeutic recreational and sporting events.The F.E.W. We ServeThe Foundation defines “Exceptional Warriors” as the “operators” within the Special Operation Forces community, those heroes recognized by the DOD for valorous actions, and the warriors that have been wounded in combat.Our WorkThe FEW assists in the healing process of the Combat Wounded, those recognized for Valorous actions, POW's and Special Operations and their families by providing recreational and sporting events....

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National Guard Youth Foundation

Alexandria, VA

MissionThe National Guard Youth Foundation supports the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and advocates on its behalf. The Foundation’s contributions to the Program include raising national awareness of the high-school dropout crisis, advocating to the state and federal governments on behalf of the Program, soliciting corporate partners to enhance the quality of the Program, and helping develop training to strengthen the academic phase of the Program.We Support ChalleNGeThe National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to advocate for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and to provide resources to its graduates to ensure they maintain a path of success beyond graduation day. NGYF is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.VisionEvery willing high school dropout in the country should have the opportunity to refocus their life and their future through participation in the National Guard Youth ChalleNge Program.National AwarenessNGYF works to raise awareness of the growing dropout crisis in the nation and its impact on our economy and national security. Through local and national events, local events, panel briefs and PSAs, NGYF is striving to make the public aware of the dropout problem and what ChalleNGe is doing to combat the issue.Core Components Academic ExcellenceHealth and Hygiene Job SkillsLeadership / FollowershipLife-Coping SkillsPhysical FitnessResponsible CitizenshipService to Community

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Tuesday's Children

New York, NY

Tuesday's Children was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our mission today is to Keep the Promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities impacted by acts of terror worldwide.

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National Veteran Business Development Council

Detroit, MI

The NVBDC was created for the purpose of providing a credible and reliable certifying authority that would ensure that valid documentation exists of a business' Veteran ownership and control.The National Veteran Business Development Council is the only third party Veteran Owned Business Certification program in the United States and is organized as a 501c3 not for profit foundation.Many lucrative businesses opportunities are available to Veteran Owned Businesses through the Supplier Diversity programs offered at many companies and government agencies. In fact, the total spend available to qualifying businesses is estimated to be in excess of $80 Billion annually.Because the existing Federal Government CVE Veteran Owned Business Certification only covers small businesses, medium and large businesses are left with no acceptable mechanism for establishing bona fide Veteran Owned Business status. In addition, many businesses have complained that the existing CVE certification process is difficult to understand and takes much too long to achieve.With the NVBDC's FASTRACK process, businesses that have already established existing Minority Status with several organizations can qualify for Veteran Owned Business Certification in as little as 30 days. Businesses that do not qualify for FASTRACK, may still be able to get certified in as little as 60 days....

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Step Up and Daniel's Places

Santa Monica, CA

Our Mission Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing serious mental illness to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Through dynamic partnerships, we provide positive social and learning environments, vocational training, permanent supportive housing opportunities, and recovery services to empower individuals to cultivate lives of hope and dignity. We exercise innovative leadership and advocacy to increase public understanding, support and acceptance of all people living with mental illness.Our Vision Step Up envisions that all individuals, families, and communities affected by mental illness will have the opportunity to experience recovery and a sense of belonging, and that permanent supportive housing will be available to everyone who needs it.Cover Photos by Nadia TysonWatch our 2016 Year in Review! ...

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Soldiers' Angels

San Antonio, TX

May No Soldier Go UnlovedSoldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population."May No Soldier Go Unloved" encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. Thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded, deployed personnel, and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.Soldiers' Angels VA Support Program In addition to all of the many programs and initiatives we have in place for our deployed, active duty, and veteran service members and their families, we also have an outstanding Veteran Affairs Support Program. Soldiers' Angels is one of the few nonprofit agencies approved to work within VA Hospitals and Medical Centers. As deployments continue to draw down, our team is shifting many of our resources to support a growing veteran population. While many organizations are only focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Soldiers’ Angels supports veterans of all generations. Soldiers’ Angels staff and volunteers are able to coordinate events and activities, organize corporate partner participation, visit patients and approve volunteers to join the VA support program. VA Support services include: Patient visits Bi-weekly or monthly luncheons or dinnersBox lunchesStand Down supportBreak room stockingWish list fulfillment

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Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Tampa, FL

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.In 1980, when eight special operations warriors lost their lives during a hostage rescue attempt in Iran, a promise was made to provide a college education to each of the surviving 17 children. Today, the Foundation continues this solemn pledge to educate every child whose special operations parent loses their life in the line of duty.As the war on terrorism continues, Special Operations Forces will be facing new challenges all too frequently. In fact, there has never been a greater need for Special Operations Forces than right now. Special Operations will continue to be the force of choice, time and time again.Battlefield Pledge to Take Care of the FamiliesSpecial Operations Warrior Foundation continues to honor a pledge and a commitment to the men and women serving in U.S. Special Operations that if they lose their life in the line of duty, SOWF will provide a post-secondary education for their surviving children. Sadly, the number of children added to our programs continues to grow, along with the number of special operations missions. Therefore, we must continue in our fundraising efforts to meet the anticipated need for scholarships.Support to Special Operations Severely Wounded Service MembersAlthough there are numerous charities and organizations that assist wounded military personnel, SOWF has learned that one of the most difficult challenges our families face is the immediate financial burden when their loved ones are hospitalized with severe combat wounds. We fulfill this need by providing a $5,000 grant immediately to family members, so they can travel to be bedside with their loved one at the hospital during the crucial first days. How Can You Help?Donations can be made to help provide college educations or support our wounded warriors.

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Flyin' Heroes

Muskegon, MI

WHAT IS FLYIN’ HEROES? Flyin' Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. military veterans. The goal of Flyin' Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM U.S. Military Veterans will gain confidence while feeling a sense of accomplishment through an outdoor recreational setting. Flyin’ Heroes assists in enriching the veterans’ lives through a therapeutic recreational opportunity that encourages the development of life skills and personal growth through teamwork, positive attitude, and achievable results. Fishing is simply the tool that allows us to connect with our community of veterans. Our organization focuses on the importance of creating lasting relationships and life long memories on the river.WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?When a contribution is made to Flyin’ Heroes, an astounding 100% of every dollar is used to provide the resources needed to create memorable fishing opportunities for U.S. military veterans. Our dedicated staff of volunteers provides knowledgeable instruction on fly and or light tackle fishing for trout in a friendly, easy-going environment. Our individualized trips focus on building meaningful lasting relationships. WHEN DOES FLYIN’ HEROES OPERATE? Flyin’ Heroes begins conducting fishing trips in early spring and concludes in late fall. Flyin’ Heroes conducts roughly 18 - 25 fishing trips each year. Within the last five seasons our organization has served over 70 veterans. Flyin’ Heroes utilizes individualized personal trips, which are used to empower and inspire veterans to make positive gains towards mental health and living productive, fulfilling lives. ...

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Project Sanctuary

Granby, CO

The needs of the military family go far beyond the “popular” belief of needing discounts, recognition or a free concert. In many cases, the military family is in crisis—dealing with injuries both visible and invisible, and with the effects of military service on financial stability, marital and home life. Through "the A.R.T. of Project Sanctuary," we take military families from battle ready to family ready.Our two-year program begins with Assessing each family's needs. Sometimes the need is immediate and requires emergency assistance. Sometimes the need is deeper. That's when we bring the family to a military family retreat, providing sanctuary at a remote location far removed from the daily stressors and Reconnecting them as a unit. During the retreat portion of our program, we use seemingly simple activities like art, bowling, and hikes through the forest to show that recreation is inexpensive and very accessible. You don’t need horseback riding and snowmobiling to have a recreational experience, or for it to be therapeutic and have lasting effects. But we do use high adventure activities such as snowmobiling to help families discover ways to communicate, and we use activities like horseback riding to show individuals how to handle a possibly stressful situation and manage their emotions because horses don’t always do what you want them to do. Teaching the tools that military families need to thrive is an integral part of our therapeutic retreats. Project Sanctuary, in partnership with other national industry leaders, has tailored classes specific to our military family’s needs.We’re committed to more than just helping military families heal and improve their quality of life. We are committed to changing the entire paradigm of helping veterans, active-duty service members and their families, continuing to provide services to them for two years, and enabling them to Thrive. Our core mission is all about helping to strengthen the military family unit so it can both sustain the pressures of military life and thrive in our civilian communities nationwide, and empower others in the process....

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