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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 26, 2016) — Today, Students Rebuild, a program of the Bezos Family Foundation that mobilizes young people to take action on some of the world’s most critical problems, announced a new partnership with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to launch the Youth Uplift Challenge. By providing young people with access to new educational opportunities, the Challenge is designed to create pathways for youth around the globe to take collective action to uplift their peers.
Over 400 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty—on less than $1.90 each day—and struggle to provide for themselves and their families. These circumstances often push students to leave their education behind and make it difficult for them to succeed later in life.
"As a global community, we all have a stake in helping ensure our young people receive the support necessary to realize the dreams they have for themselves and each other," said Jackie Bezos, President of the Bezos Family Foundation. "By harnessing the power of many, Students Rebuild offers youth the opportunity to learn deeply and take meaningful action on issues that often feel too big to affect alone."
The Youth Uplift Challenge will support Save the Children in providing flexible job training and entrepreneurship programs, access to peer networks and mentors, and new education and work experiences for young people.
"Employers today increasingly require that young people not only have strong technical skills, but also have the skills that enable them to solve problems, communicate well and work collaboratively," said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. "Through support from the Youth Uplift Challenge, Save the Children will implement programs that close the skills gap for deprived and at-risk youth and give them tools they need to realize their potential and lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty."
Participation in the Youth Uplift Challenge is simple and meaningful: Learn about the issue of poverty and its impact on the lives of young people across the globe. Think about your skills and talents and how you might lend a hand to uplift others globally and locally. Reflect on that learning by making a symbolic hand. For every hand sent in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia that empower youth and provide new pathways of possibility.
Additional information about the Uplift Youth Challenge can be found here.
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