Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2019

Local students to present charity ideas during March 10th Shark-Tank like event

L – R: Tomás Carter, Christina Linder, Mariel Sabat, Sophia George, Alex Schnider, Helen Guiterrez, Henry Castillo, Andrea Castillo, Wendy Garcia, Mara Vaknin, Lorena Sebastian, Maria Andres, Magdalena Francisco, Daniella Domingo

The Next Group of Teenage, Community ‘CHANGEMakers’ Will Present Their Charity Concepts to a Group of ‘Philanthropist Investors’ on March 10th

Seven teen-run charities that will vie for up to $15,000 in funding during a Shark Tank-like pitch event to be held at the Kravis Center

Boca Raton, FL – Seven charities founded and operated by local teens will vie for up to $15,000 in funding in an event that puts a philanthropic spin on the popular TV show Shark Tank. Instead of ‘sharks’ the teens will present to local philanthropist-investors who will ultimately decide how much money each charity will receive. The Philanthropy Tank Palm Beach Finals Pitch Event will be held March 10th between 3pm and 5pm at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. $1,000 will be awarded to the Palm Beach County school that has the most event attendees. This year’s seven Finalists are:

Ø  Art for the Soul works with disadvantaged children, often from Latin American countries, coming from economic hardships, traumatic experiences, and difficult home lives. Students are taught by students in a variety of subjects from basics of how to play the piano to, visual arts, and tutoring in all academics.  The program was proposed by Dreyfoos School For the Arts Students: 10th grader Cristina Lindner of West Palm Beach, 10th grader Mariele Sabat of Boca Raton, 12th grader Tomás Carter of Royal Palm Beach

Ø  Alex’s Free Kicks looks to expand its program with Philanthropy Tank support. The organization currently collects soccer balls and cleats in Wellington for those in need throughout Palm Beach County.  To date, the organization has collected and donated more than 550 balls and 250 cleats to the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County. The goal is to collect from soccer fields across the County and get other children to become representatives and lead the local collection. The program was proposed by Alex Shnider of Wellington, a 10th grader attending Wellington Community High School.

Ø  STEM Lab is an educational program that targets underrepresented elementary school children. It is a year-long after-school project designed to provide mentorship to low-performing children and ensure their academic success. Students are taught over ten subjects including engineering, robotics, and medical science by local teen volunteers. STEM Lab aims to expand its program across the county with Philanthropy Tank’s support. The program was proposed by: Andrea Castillo, a 12th grader attending Spanish River Community High School,  Harry Castillo, an 8th grader attending Omni Middle School in Boca Raton, Wendy Garcia, an 11th grader attending Lake Worth Community High School

Ø  Code Autism’s mission is to develop and conduct computer coding classes for high school and college-aged students with autism. Code Autism’s goal is to facilitate an environment of social acceptance, purpose and education and, ultimately, employment for students. These courses will help combat the high rate of unemployment among those with autism. The program was proposed by Sophia Lloyd George of Palm Beach. She is an 11th grader at Oxbridge Academy.

Ø  Strong and Beautiful wants to help children battling cancer receive a child-like respite from their struggle and sense of strength. This project aims to organize events for these children in which a design team styles them with makeup, hair, and princess dresses (or superhero costumes for boys). The program was proposed by Helen Gutierrez, an 11th grader from West Palm Beach attending John I Leonard High School. She was inspired by her three-year-old cousin, who lost her battle with cancer.

Ø  Mayan Girls looks to serve the Guatemalan Mayan community by translating information such as current events, weather alerts, news topics, and community events. The program wants to assist this population who miss critical information because of a high rate of illiteracy in any language.  They will record, edit, and produce work to share via social media.  The program proposed by Lake Worth High School Community School students: 10th grader Lorena Felipe Sebastian, 11th grader Maria Andres, and Magdalena Francisco and Daniella Domingo, who are both in 9th grade.

Ø  Alive with Music seeks to use the art of music as a way to help restore the memories of patients that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The program was proposed by Mara Vaknin, an 11th grader from Lake Worth. She attends the Dreyfoos School of Arts

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