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Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in GM Street Team, Local, Local Charities, News, Our Work, Street Team News

GoodMakers Street Team: Together, we are stronger! Providing Arts, Athletics and Leadership Training to over 5,000 at-risk youth worldwide. As a commitment to strengthening global communities starting with local initiatives, the GoodMakers Street Team works extensively in our local communities throughout the year, bringing support and visibility to high impact youth projects in partnership with grassroots organizations, schools, church groups and community centers. Through our partnership with arc, the GoodMakers Street Team provides unique after-school enrichment programming to hundreds of Los Angeles public school children ages 6 through 17. Our programming is in alignment with arc‘s mission to provide after school enrichment and physical education to increase self-confidence, communication skills, teamwork, and community. GoodMakers Street Team effectively connects with at-risk youth and encourages effort rather than ability, enjoyment rather than winning, as a means of elevating the Champion inside...

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Rift Valley Children’s Village

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work, Uncategorized

Challenge Rift Valley Children’s Village is home to 70 orphaned children from newborn to 17.  Finding creative activities for children in a wide age range is tricky under any circumstances, particularly when we only had one day to bring all of the children together for fun. Solution The GoodMakers Street Team hosted a ‘Rec Day’ which was designed to entertain and engage all of the children and culminate in an end of day showcase.  The older kids really loved the DJ Boot Camp, and all of the children, including the volunteers and ‘house mama’s,’ enjoyed the dance workshop, which included a choreographed routine to the Kenyan pop song, ‘ African Child.’  A soccer tournament was also held, which many of the younger children enjoyed immensely. Impact GoodMakers filmed the entire Rec Day experience, including filming ‘a day in the...

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Alive & Kicking

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work

Challenge Alive & Kicking is located in Nairobi and makes Africa’s only hand-sewn soccer balls using an all-local staff and sourcing materials from local suppliers. Alive & Kicking has faced fierce competition in recent years, from large scale manufacturers, such as Nike and Adidas, who are able to offer soccer balls at a lesser price due to mass production using cheap labor in places such as China and Vietnam. Alive & Kicking is an amazing company that needed to increase their brand presence. The global customers would need to see the benefit of purchasing hand-crafted soccer balls from a company that employs a staff of 50 Africans and provides wages that enable them to pay for school fees and support their families. Solution GoodMakers shot a short documentary at Alive & Kicking, focusing on the craftsmanship that goes into...

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Tackle Africa

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work, Recent Work :

Challenge Tackle Africa provides critical anti-HIV/AIDS health education through soccer drills, reaching the most poor and remote communities in Africa. Tackle Africa sought to extend their reach to slum area children, many orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS that took the lives of one or both parents. Solution GoodMakers hosted a three day intensive Community Coach training program in Nairobi for 28 school teachers, including teachers who traveled from Tanzania, along with area Oasis children’s home directors. The training was followed by a two day Soccer Tournament held in Kibera and attended by two hundred children from homes in the Kibera slum and surrounding area. The soccer tournament gave the newly trained coaches an opportunity to practice the unique curriculum taught by Tackle Africa, and the children were introduced to fun and engaging way of sharing life saving health...

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Flying Kites Global and GoodMakers Creative Arts Program

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, Events, GM Street Team, International, News, Newsletter, Our Work

Challenge Flying Kites Global is a nonprofit started four years ago by three college friends wanting to make a difference in the lives of children in the Nairobi area of Kenya. After opening their own children’s home, Flying Kites reached out to build the capacity of other orphanages in developing countries by sharing a proven model of business operation. Flying Kites wanted to introduce their program to the Nairobi community in a fun and engaging way that would involve some of their key member homes. Solution GoodMakers developed a high impact creative arts program that offered two weeks of intensive workshops to the youth of the orphanages. This was run by the GoodMakers Street Team and a local professional dance troop called Dashy Krew. With the GoodMakers youth team and Dashy Krew, the children crafted dance performances and learned...

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Street Team Campaigns

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 in Events, GM Street Team, News, Our Projects, Our Work

Take Back the Block Take Back the Block focuses on empowering global change through art, athletics and social activism. We travel to underserved cities, strengthening local communities through specific team-building projects with an aim to assist in rebuilding our planet. By spotlighting community leaders, inspirational volunteers and charity organizations, the GM Street Team works to motivate belief in change, challenging ourselves and others to pair passion with purpose for Good. Through mixed media broadcast, live streaming and online archives, those at home follow the journey – hearing, seeing and experiencing the change their support has made possible. Whether America, Africa, two blocks down or twenty thousand miles forward, the GM Street Team has made a commitment to create better opportunities for better living. We honor the work in our world that’s already working, and work for more of it!...

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