Last month social empowerment community GOOD teamed up with Microsoft’s Give For Youth, a program that helps nonprofits crowd fund their youth-focused projects in partnership with GlobalGiving, in the GOOD Maker Challenge for Inspiring Youth-Focused Nonprofits. For two weeks the public voted for the nonprofit organizations whose youth education, employment, entrepreneurial projects they deemed most worthy of funding. The twenty organizations who received the most votes would be able to fundraise on the Give For Youth platform. Between March 18th and March 27th, Microsoft will match all funds up to $100,000 raised by SEDS and the nineteen other nonprofits who are winners of this Challenge. The top three finalists of this second fundraising challenge will receive an additional prize including $5000 in Microsoft Store money and a one-year subscription to GOOD and its cobrands.

SEDS’s winning endeavor in this challenge is STEM Education and Outreach for the Younger Generation. A nonprofit organization run entirely by college students at 40 university chapters nationwide, SEDS strives to create projects to educate K-12 students about the wonders of space in addition to the traditional fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Projects include university symposia, high altitude balloon and rocket launches and launch competitions, space days, and astronomy nights. Humanity’s future is in space and SEDS wants to show our nation’s youth that the sky is not the limit and inspire them to dream bigger.

Founded in 1980 by prolific entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis, Bob Richards, and Todd Hawley, SEDS has grown to over 10,000 members worldwide with alumni permeating the public and private space industry. Many of these alums cite their experiences with SEDS as a primary motivator in their success and endeavors in their careers in the space industry. William Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, writes: “Without a doubt, I owe my career in the space industry to joining my local SEDS chapter as a college freshman. I’ve seen SEDS have a similar impact on many other students, and am proud to have hired several SEDS members and alumni. This organization accomplishes a lot with only a little in the way of resources, and I’m confident they could really scale up.”

To help SEDS enhance their projects and reach to educate and inspire K-12 students across America about space and STEM, visit their page on Give For Youth (http://www.giveforyouth.org/projects/seds/) until March 27th. Your support for their projects will have double the impact with the help of Microsoft and will mean the universe to young students everywhere.

About SEDS:
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, nonprofit organization for space advocacy. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 30 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student-run space conference in the world (SpaceVision), provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit: http://www.seds.org.

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