Give it All is Seattle-based, student-run, non-profit organization on a mission to foster global awareness and giving in young minds through active participation in extra-curricular activities, beginning with an after-school dance program. By integrating global awareness concepts into the program, we shall help children learn about other cultures, nurture in them the habit of giving, and make them experience the joy of making a difference at a young age. We shall also encourage the children to give it all when they pursue any activity.
Give It All plans to begin pursuing its mission in October 2013 by starting an after-school dance program integrated with global awareness and Giving. Our goal is to establish our program in at least ten schools in the Seattle area. In our second year, we plan to expand to 50 schools in the Greater Seattle area.
During the course of the 20-week program, the children learn not only about dance, but also global awareness studies, including 10 different non-profit organizations from around the world (including our own backyard!) At the end of the year, 10% of the student's tuition fee will go to the organization handpicked by each student.
We shall also look for ways to bring the program to individuals, schools and communities that lack the resources for enrichment programs. We shall work towards having a sustainable model where 25% of our student population are from high-need communities, and whose program costs are met using outside resources.
Our goal is to expand our reach to 5000 schools across the world, reaching out to a minimum of 100,000 students. We shall reach our goal through an ambitious expansion plan involving licensing our dance and global awareness curriculum, and through innovative fundraising.
- Giving is a habit. It is best learnt when one is young, like learning a language or playing the flute. When practised regularly, one becomes skilled at giving.
- Nurturing the habit of giving in children is like watering a plant - to be done regularly until the plant grows up to be a self-sufficient tree.
- Penny drives for relief victims are great, but must we wait for an earthquake or a tsunami in order to expose children to giving?
- Giving is a responsility. It is fun to learn about many deserving groups needing help and make a choice.
- Oh, the joy in hearing a child explain the good work of others and say, "I have chosen to support them!".
- When children are exposed to global issues and taught about other cultures at an early age, they'll grow up to be responsible global citizens and leaders.
- Giving is not just about money. It is just as much about giving our time, our best efforts, our attention, our prayers, our good wishes. Give it all.