Grants $100,000 for Technology and Multi-Media Projects to Benefit Underserved Youth Around the World

Seventeen youth development organizations around the globe receive funding - and additional in-kind equipment and training - for community technology and media projects

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - April 6, 2004 -, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the energy of the community to make a positive difference in people's lives through service and technology-related projects for youth, today announced the winners of its first-ever global grant-making initiative. Seventeen exceptional youth development organizations, representing nine regions in five countries, were selected from a pool of 60 applicants to receive funding, equipment and training for youth-produced multi-media and technology projects. The final projects will vie for entry into the Foundation's 2004 International Media Festival to be held this fall.

Through this grant program, the Foundation will provide technology and training to underserved youth across the U.S., as well as in Germany, England, Ireland and Japan. These project-based programs aim to teach kids technology skills and produce relevant content through multi-media tools including video, music, interactive websites and digital photography. The final projects will address a variety of topics, from creating more peaceful communities to serving as an effective vehicle for youth to share their voice with the global community.

The Foundation will also offer all winners the opportunity to submit their work for entry into its 2004 International Media Festival. Festival participants will receive an all-expense paid trip from their respective countries to San Francisco to participate in the festival's weeklong activities including field trips to local film and music studios, technology workshops and cultural integration through the sharing of new projects.

"We want to see our next generation of leaders be successful," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, and "Giving them technology tools to take their programs and ideas to the next level of success is a core component of our integrated business and philanthropy initiative."

" grants have given us the ability to do multi-media work and help give our kids a voice in the community," said Michael Funk, executive director, Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center in San Francisco, California, a 2004 grantee. "This foundation serves as a catalyst for creativity, helping us strengthen our capacity to provide programming to our participants."

Selection criteria for the grant program included clear project focus, inclusion of youth in leadership roles, and the ability of the project to catalyze action around social issues. The four selection committees were comprised of Foundation staff and employees around the world with a range of business backgrounds from technology and finance to marketing and sales.

The 2004 international grant recipients include: Baykids, San Francisco, CA, who enable youth that are in hospital critical care units to make films of their experience to share with other kids around the country diagnosed with similar diseases; CANVAS, Tokyo, Japan to make a documentary on how to create a positive youth-event; Downtown Community Television, New York, NY, for production of a film that works to find alternative methods for more peaceful conflict resolution in New York City neighborhoods; East Atlanta Kids Club, Atlanta, GA, for a project including printed books and video capturing local community history through elders and businesses among a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood; Girls Xpress!, London, UK, for short films which engage in an alternate means of self expression and healing; Golden Gate National Parks, San Francisco, CA, for a video project that brings together old and young people to reflect on the impact that the natural and urban environments have had on their lives; Little Kids Rock, San Francisco, CA, for a rock video showing the importance of arts and music for youth; Keep it Together/Community Source Network, San Francisco, CA, to produce a television show focusing on youth culture and pertinent issues; KIDS, Tokyo, Japan, for a documentary of life in an orphanage which has never before been seen by the larger community; KiJu, Brandenburg, Germany, for an English language camp and a documentary of the camp; Mercy Housing, San Francisco, CA, for films which will tell the story of kids growing up in the projects and overcoming the inherent challenges children face in this environment; Mouth That Roars, Egypt, Morocco, based in London, UK, for a project which will explore the lives of young people living in different countries and cultures across the Middle East and North Africa; Sport 4 Success, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, for the creation of "Buddy Magazine," involving schools across northern and southern Ireland working together to create an interactive, multi-purpose magazine to discuss issues of youth in both regions; Sunset Neighborhood Beacon, San Francisco, CA, to document the issues around SFUSD's policy on busing and segregation from the student's point of view; TILT/OMI Beacon, San Francisco, CA, for a 12-week video production course for underserved middle and high school students on issues that promote respect and responsibility; Youth Sounds, Oakland, CA, for a dance and film combination made by urban youth to illustrate for teachers how the young mind is engaged in learning; and Youth Venture, Inc, New York, NY, for a film which helps youth learn to start a venture that is either nonprofit, or for-profit with a social component.

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