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Artists For Humanity

September 11, 2017
Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self- sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Our mission is built on twin philosophies: Engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people and their communities.

YLabs

August 25, 2017
OUR MISSION: Improve health and livelihoods among disadvantaged youth WHAT WE DO: YLabs designs programs that address the key health challenges facing disadvantaged youth (10-24 years). HOW: We help governments and local organizations design, evaluate and scale new ways to improve young people’s health and economic futures.

5th EARTH ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION: Designing a Rural Arts Center for Senegal

July 17, 2017
OBJECTIVE The objective is to design a modern mud type to be built as a unit of a residential vocational school for unemployed rural youths of ages 16 to 25 years to undergo a 2-year skills development training in the vocational arts and design. We want the school plan to emphasize sustainable architecture and cost efficient construction. Thus, we want the buildings to fully integrate earth architecture and passive solar design. The challenge is to design one of the following types for the school: a classroom type, cafeteria type, office building type, dormitory type, group toilet type, cafeteria type, dormitory type, dwelling type for the local teachers, and guest house type for our international visiting staff. Contestants are to design the school type for construction by maximum use of earth and local labor. Total costs of constructing the design entry is not to exceed $10,000 (USD) for materials and labor. The construction site will be Diakounda village in Sédhiou Region of the Casamance in Senegal. The jurors will use judging criteria involving form, function and technical issues to select three prize-winning designs. Specifically, the jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative certificate and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize - $1,000 or construction of design in Senegal plus a trip to Senegal for a workshop to build the winning design (in case the winner does not reside in Senegal and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $700 and 3rd prize- Construction or $400. Honorable mentions will be awarded. Every design team that makes the Top 40 Entries shortlist will be offered the opportunity to build their design in Senegal or Gambia in collaboration with the project organizers. The fee per entry is $40 for individual and $60 for a team for early registration (July 13-31) and standard registration (August 1-October 13) is $50 for individual and $70 for a team. Here is where to register: http://goo.gl/hSuuQO . For additional information, see the competition discussion board: http://nkaprojects.boards.net . Take the design-build challenge! Make your name known! Let’s create change where it is most needed. 

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100 Urban Entrepeneurs is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages.

Converge:Exchange

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Community Solutions

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