The AOL team is always looking for new ways to spotlight game-changing nonprofits.
Leading up to #GivingTuesday, we want to do our part to help organizations champion their efforts. AOL.com will feature five organizations per week during the month of November, and allow visitors to vote on the organization they want featured on the homepage via a pro bono advertising space, driving awareness and engagement to millions of daily visitors.
The organization with the most votes each week will appear on AOL.com for a final poll in late November; the final organization with the most votes will be promoted again on AOL.com, this time on #GivingTuesday. We're excited to provide our support and help champion our nonprofit partners' messages!
Vote to raise awareness for the nonprofit that resonates the most with you. It just takes one click.
To learn more about this week's five groups, scroll below the poll for more information.
WEEK 2 ORGANIZATIONS:
Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-on-one mentoring. For 110 years, they've partnered with parents/guardians, schools, and others to carefully pair children, or "Littles," with screened volunteer mentors, or "Bigs," and monitor and support these matches. Littles matched with Bigs are proven to do better in school, are less likely to do drugs and develop better family relationships. The organization is proud to serve 300+ agencies across the country, 170,000 children, their families and 170,000 mentors.
Girls Who Code:
Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in tech. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in the computing related fields, but women educated in the U.S. are only at pace to fill 3% of them. Girls Who Code programs inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills they'll need to pursue 21st century opportunities. The organization has reached over 10,000 girls to date across the country, including girls from diverse backgrounds and underserved girls from low-income communities.
Outward Bound is a nonprofit educational organization that serves people of all ages and circumstances through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service. Through the programs, participants build confidence, find independence and develop leadership skills necessary to thrive in their communities. For many, being on an Outward Bound course is transformational and helps students realize their potential as an individual and as part of a team.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They freely share their discoveries, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since opening in 1962. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Turnaround Arts is a national program that uses arts education as a tool to help turn around America's struggling schools. Led by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts' schools have already seen a 23% improvement in math and 13% in reading since inception in 2012. There are currently 49 Turnaround Arts schools in 14 states, and as the program expands it hopes to reach every student in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools as they work to close the achievement gap.
Congratulations to last week's winner:
Learn more about the Week 2 organizations on their websites:
Girls Who Code
Big Brothers Big Sisters