Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jumpstart Awarded $200,000 AMEX Prize


Thanks to your votes, your voice, and your participation, Jumpstart has been awarded $200,000 in funding from American Express through their Members Project campaign! This donation from American Express will help fund Jumpstart’s yearlong early education program and will also help Jumpstart launch a brand new curriculum nationwide this school year.

We're also busy planning for Jumpstart's Read for the Record. On October 7, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats will be read with more than 2 million children! Last year, celebrities such as Justin Bieber (above), Mary-Louise Parker, Vince Vaughn and many others joined in the celebration, and this year aims to be even better.  We'd love for you to read with us on October 7. Pledge to read today!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Help Our Friends at Jumpstart

Our friends at Jumpstart need our help TODAY! With your vote, Jumpstart could win $200,000 from the American Express Members Project to fund its early education program and its Read for the Record campaign that we proudly support each year. Voting closes this Sunday and Jumpstart is currently in 2nd place, a mere 2% behind their first place competition. Votes from you and your friends will make the difference and push them over the top!

Before you leave for the weekend, please take 2 minutes and vote for Jumpstart. Here's how:

2. Register with Members Project and TakePart
3. Vote for "Jumpstart for Young Children" in the Education Category

You can also help by spreading the word to your friends and family. Jumpstart has put together great online tools that you can use to email your networks, or post to your Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit www.jstart.org/amextools to find samples to use. 

Thank you. Let’s help our friends win big by voting today! 

NAF President J.D. Hoye on CNN

Our friend J.D. Hoye, President of NAF, was featured on CNN's Chalk Talk this past week and detailed NAF's success in raising the standard of academic and financial achievement among young people – especially among underperforming students – which has garnered the endorsement of corporations, public policy makers, and the Pearson Foundation.

Check out J.D. on the complete CNN segment below:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Take a Look Inside Tinga Tinga Tales

As you may already know, We Give Books is supporting Tinga Tinga Tales, which are inspired by traditional animal stories from Africa and the Tinga Tinga artwork of Tanzania.  By showing your support for this campaign at We Give Books, you'll be joining a group of partners who are working to improve opportunities for African children through education. Take an insider's look inside the Tinga Tinga Tales studio below, where you'll discover where the tales originate and how they're produced on a daily basis.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jane Goodall Celebrates 50 Years at Gombe

The 50th anniversary of our friend Jane Goodall's arrival in Gombe on July 14, 2010 made headlines around the world, with global coverage featured on CNN International, BBC and Voice of America, while stateside stories appeared everywhere from The Washington Post and the Associated Press This Day in History feature to CNN and People magazine. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal devoted a significant portion of its weekend section to an essay penned by Jane. To see the highlights of the last 50 years of Jane in Gombe, check out the video below.