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After months of development, design and planning, we are excited to launch the 2014 Humanitarian Games on April 1st. For one month, participants will travel from non-profit to non-profit completing community service requirements. This represents a unique opportunity for youth, their peers, and families to be introduced to area non-profits and the issues they serve to address. Having direct involvement with a local organization working on poverty, domestic violence or environmental issues, for example will help put these issues in perspective and lay the ground work for a lifelong propensity for service.
Youth2- Youth Helping Youth is hosting a luncheon fundraiser called “Karma Kickoff” on Saturday, September 14, from 11-3 pm at the Harvest and Hearth restaurant on County Rt. 67. Harvest and Hearth’s famous wood fired artisan pizza and salads will be served. Youth2 will give a presentation on its activities in the community. There will be a debut of the theatrical work “Cycles of Kindness,” written, directed and produced by Lezlie Dana. This date will mark the launch of the “Humanitarian Games,” a new mobile-based game designed to foster social-good action. There will be other fun activities, a raffle, “do-goodie” bags and a “Table of Gratitude.”
The “Humanitarian Games” is a new kind of scavenger hunt, one that takes advantage of modern technology to become involved in local giving and built to appeal to families and young people.
After the Karma Kickoff, during the months of September and October, participants will use their mobile devices to travel around the city to do good deeds for friends, family, strangers and area non-profits. Each participant will be tasked with a challenge, for example, donating at least a can of food to the Franklin Community Center. The organization will then provide the participant with a qr code to scan with their mobile device in order to unlock the next challenge. The next challenge might be something like visiting a senior center to bring flowers or a nice card to a resident. The next might be to tell a friend or a family member how much you appreciate them. At the Karma Kickoff you will learn more, including how to play and the various benefits to players and the community.
Stewarts Shops, the Nordlys Foundation and Adirondack Trust Bank have stepped forward as major sponsors for the Humanitarian Games. The above sponsors have shown leadership and willingness to back a “creative product that connects youth in an innovative fashion to serve their community.” They are helping to educate the young about what the non-profits do in our community. They are increasing the level of youth philanthropy and social giving in our next generation in supporting this project developed by Youth2- Youth Helping Youth and Saratoga Wire.
Youth2- Youth Helping Youth is a Field of Interest Fund formed under the guidance of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Youth2 engages young people to think about issues that they care about, to create and design their own volunteer, social awareness, or fundraising projects to help youth both locally and globally. Youth2 is committed to giving financial and thoughtful support to help interested youth turn their ideas of making the world better into realities. Youth2 is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Saratoga Wire, a daily online newspaper serving Saratoga Springs, is helping develop the “Humanitarian Games.”
Adult tickets are $20 and youth, 12 and under, are $12. For ticket information, please call Beverly 518-281-9130. All proceeds will benefit Youth2 as the “Karma Kickoff” supports its core community mission to do good.
Youth2- Youth Helping Youth collected $2,191.61 for Injury Prevention and participated in a 5K Walkathon held in Toronto on May 5, 2013. Youth2 walked with a team of doctors, nurses, researchers and community advocates of the Hospital for Sick Children.
YouthSquared brought home educational information on injury prevention to distribute to elementary, middle and high schools of Saratoga County.
Did you know that injury is the leading cause of death for person’s ages 1-44? It is likely that you or someone you know has been touched by injury: a relative killed in a car crash; a neighborhood child who drowned; a colleague who suffered burns from a house fire.
Injuries affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the first half of life, more Americans die from injuries- such as motor vehicle crashes and falls- than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu. And deaths are only part of the problems. Each year, millions of people are injured and survive. They are faced with life-long mental, physical and financial problems.
Injuries, including all causes of unintentional and violence-related injuries combined, account for 50.6% of all deaths- that is more deaths than from non-communicable diseases (cancer, heart disease, etc.) and infectious diseases combined. There are more than 180,000 deaths from injury each year, 1 person every 3 minutes. There is an estimated 2.5 million people hospitalized with injury each year and an estimated 31.6 million people treated in the Emergency Department for injury each year. There is an estimated 465 billion cost annually in medical costs and lost productivity.
Research and prevention saves lives. Injuries are so common that we often accept them as just part of life. But many of them can be prevented, and their consequences reduced. We know that research and prevention help. But much work is still needed. For example education in driving safety is needed. In 2008, more than 3000 teens ages 15-19 died as a driver or a passenger of a teen driver. 75% of serious crashes are due to “critical errors” in going too fast, being distracted by cell phones or other teen passengers, lack of scanning needed to respond to hazards. They were not due to poor weather, vehicle malfunction or drowsy driving.
Compared to other leading causes of morbidity and mortality hardly any money is raised for research, education and awareness related to injuries. The only cure for injury is prevention.
Youth2- Youth Helping Youth is a Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Youth2 seeks to transform young people (up to age 22) by giving them the opportunity to participate in meaningful community work. Contributions to Youth2- Youth Helping Youth help fund volunteer, social action or social awareness projects that are proposed, approved and led by young people. What makes Youth2 unique is the kind of participation required by the youth involved. It is the only program of its type in the capital region.
In an effort to teach young people about the importance and value of local and global community giving, Youth2- Youth Helping Youth will be hosting its third annual Community Giving Fair to be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 from 10-3 pm, at the United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs.
Walking side by side with your child, the alternative holiday market will provide shoppers with the opportunity to make donations to their favorite community organization that works to help everyone throughout the year. You can give a gift in honor of a loved one that keeps on giving. You can give a financial contribution or have your child donate in-kind items such as a blanket to the Backstretch Employee Service Team or socks for the Domestic Violence shelter. Please refer to www.youthsquared.org to locate items that each agency could use.
This year the event will include a “Youth Challenge: Calling All Kids” grant stimulation effort. Young people who are Saratoga County residents, age 22 and younger can think of a way that they want to improve the world and write a grant proposal to realize their dream. Youth2- Youth Helping Youth which will award $1500 in grant awards on the day of the Community Giving Fair. You can get a group of kids together as part of your school or college club, community organization, church or synagogue youth group, to come up with an idea that will serve other youth in your local community or in the world. There will be an informational meeting about how to secure these monies on Wednesday, October 12th at 7 pm. in the Glasby Room of Saratoga Springs Library and the grant deadline will be on November 12th.
The Community Giving Fair will provide a fun and engaging forum that empowers youth to make a difference by encouraging them to think about social change, to participate in social action and to donate to the agencies or groups of their choice. This year we are hoping to involve more youth efforts in our circle of groups participating. Youth groups that are interested in having a table at the Fair please contact Beverly Lazar Davis at
Participating agencies, Saratoga county Children’s Committee, Franklin Community Center, Domestic Violence, Uganda Relief Club, Backstretch Employee Service Team, Ballston Spa Community Center, Help the World, The Giving Circle and others will directly benefit from increased public awareness and financial and gift/in-kind donations. Fair trade holiday gifts will also be available by Mango Tree Imports. There is no cost to participate. Local agencies and youth organizations that would like to participate can contact Beverly Lazar Davis at to secure a space at the event.
We will create a festive mood with live music, bake sale and light lunch, Stone Soup, raffle items, Social Action tables offering ways for youth to make “Good Health Kits” for our community, activities for kids to use small change for big change, a Volunteer Match table and an alternative giving person, “Pockets”, handing out ideas on community service. The Saratoga Performing Youth Artists (SPYA) may contribute a pertinent theatrical event again this year.
Youth2- Youth Helping Youth is a Field of Interest Fund formed under the guidance of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Youth2 won the 2011 Champions for Children Award in the Capital Region. Youth2 engages young people to think about issues that they care about and to create volunteer, social awareness and fundraising social action local and global projects for youth and by youth. Youth2 is committed to giving both financial and thoughtful support to help interested young people turn their ideas into realities.
Domestic Violence Services
Gift Cards $5-50 (Target, Hannaford, Price Chopper, CVS, Wal-Mart) for meds/diapers
Women and children’s new underwear
Saratoga County Children’s Committee
Franklin Community Center
Art and drawing sets
General Gift Cards: Walmart, Target, Price Chopper
Bath and Body Hygiene products
CDs: rap, hip hop
DVDs: new releases
Nonperishable food for our emergency food pantry
YouthSquared- Youth Helping Youth
Buy YouthSquared T- Shirts, $10
Give donations for youth grants.
Reams of colored paper.
Seeds for Peace
Nickels for seeds
Help The World- Buy a wristband for $1. so others can have clean water to drink. Your dollar will go toward drilling a well in Africa so children and their families will have safe drinking water.
You can bring a non-perishable food item and pick a discount coupon you can use to get something free at the sale. In this way, the event will also be helping to fill the Soup Kitchen Pantry. From 2-3pm (the last hour of the event), there will be a special $2.00 bag sale.
If you want to donate household items, books, small appliances or clothing or have further questions, please call 518-281-9130.
For our third annual event we are going to be having a “Youth Community Giving Challenge” where we will be receiving proposals for local community service projects that will be judged and offered financial grants. We will be highlighting youth clubs and youth philanthropic efforts in our community.
For our second annual event we are going to be having a “Youth Community Giving Challenge” where we will be receiving proposals for local community service projects that will be judged and offered financial grants. We will be highlighting youth clubs and youth philanthropic efforts in our community.