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National Sports Center for the Disabled
The mission of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is to enable the human spirit through therapeutic sport and recreation. We provide quality sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral challenges.
Global Fellows Fundby Dane Wangsgard
As someone with extensive experience living, studying, working, and traveling in Brazil , I felt obligated to give something back to Brazil. Along the path of becoming fluent in Portuguese I had so many generous host families and friends willing to help me practice and develop confidence speaking. Looking back, I realized it was that interaction with people that ultimately made it possible for me to become fluent.When I discovered US Brazil connect I was ecstatic! It was my chance to provide that same face to face, personal, and ongoing cultural exchange for a group of Brazilian youth. Without the help of fundraising efforts from previous fellows, this experience may not have been possible for me. Now it is time for me to help provide the same opportunity for the next round of fellows. USBC is an incredible organization, from the highest leadership to each of the fellows and coordinators. Please help us to continue and expand this incredible opportunity for developing cross-cultural exchange and the opening of economic opportunities for Brazil and the United States!
Don't Forget about AIDSby Paula Palmateer
"Don't Forget about AIDS" was the title of a recent editorial in the New York Times, by Elton John. His point is that while there have been great advances in marriage equality, with 32 States now allowing gay marriage, the rates of infection for HIV are still at unacceptable levels. The reasons are many, including "not me", to "I can always take the medicine if I contract HIV", to the advancement in a pre-exposure prophylaxis, Truvada, whom some incorrectly feel is a miracle drug that will end AIDS.
In addition to this reminder that AIDS is still with us, in a recent survey out of the University of Chicago, 20% of youth (boys and girls, ages 12-18) reported themselves as victims of physical and sexual abuse in dating relationships.
Connecting the dots says, to me, that youth who engage in "risky behavior" are at risk for HIV, AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's), and yes, teen pregnancy.
Since 1996, Red Ribbon Project has been active in Eagle County....promoting prevention, awareness and education around HIV/AIDS and support for those infected. Recently, our mission has expanded to include all STI's and prevention of unwanted teen pregnancies.
Our work includes free HIV testing 6 times/year, and an extensive education program in our local school, reaching students from 5th through 12th grades. We provide students with not only age appropriate information, but with tools for dealing with the issues they will face as they enter puberty and throughout their teen years.
Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 9th, is an opportunity for you to support Red Ribbon Project's important work. By donating on that day, your contribution will be enhanced by a local incentive fund.
My goal this year is to raise $ 1,500. You can help me reach that goal by clicking on the Donate button. You can even pre-schedule your donation TODAY by clicking on the button that says "schedule a donation for Colorado Gives Day 12/09/2014".
"Don't Forget about AIDS" and "Don't Forget to Give"! NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL!
Thank you for your support of Red Ribbon Project, an organization that is near and dear to my heart!