Six organizations will also receive a grant to continue or begin their work and will be honored at the SXSW Community Service Awards. To qualify, an organization must be a charitable organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) or be otherwise qualified to receive charitable contributions.
The selection committee chooses organization grantees based on their connection to one of the following aspects of SXSW: Interactive, Film, Music, Edu, or Gaming.
This grant process is goal and outcome focused. We will ask all grantees to measure and report back the outcome of their work or project. These grants focus on hands-on solutions to community issues, especially where they improve the lives of the underprivileged or disenfranchised.
These grants are designated to to further the work of organizations, not individuals. (For grants geared toward individuals, please see Community Service Awards for Individuals above.)
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2018 Honorees: SXSW Community Service Awards for Organizations
Formerly called the SXSW Community Grant, the 2018 SXSW Community Service Awards for Organizations honorees are listed below. SXSW arrived at these honorees through an application process and selections were made by an outside selection committee working in conjunction with SXSW.
Allies Against Slavery
Allies Against Slavery works to build Slave Free Cities: places where traffickers cannot exploit the vulnerable and where survivors have access to all they need to heal. We build Slave Free Cities by empowering survivors, connecting partners and building tools that help professionals overcome human trafficking together. Allies is working to solve the problem of victim identification by developing a screening tool that helps frontline agencies rapidly & effectively identify sex trafficking victims. The online tool, called the Tier 1 Screener, also helps users see, understand, and report the data they collect in order to improve the delivery of services to victims. Our victim identification solution is the first screening tool in Texas that 1) helps users identify possible victims of child sex trafficking and 2) see and understand the data they collect through the tool. That means agencies using the tool will both improve their ability to find and help victims more quickly, and simultaneously use that data to improve how they allocate resources, build case plans for youth and report on the scope of the problem to access much needed new funding.
Creative Action is a nonprofit, arts-based, youth development organization that provides dynamic and engaging creative learning programs in the classroom, in after school settings, and in the community. Our mission is to spark and support the academic, social, and emotional development of young people. When youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships. Delivered in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, Youth Cinema Collective is a Creative Action Teen Program that provides a space for teens who are passionate about filmmaking and film’s ability to share stories that may otherwise go untold. YCC members delve into all areas of the filmmaking process as they see their projects from script and storyboard to shooting on location to a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. Teens explore a variety of filmmaking techniques and genres to produce original films that speak to their communities, tell new stories, and address social issues they care about. Through hands-on film education, YCC empowers teens as thoughtful, compassionate, and engaged leaders who use their creative voice to affect positive social change.
Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. The organization aims to inspire and heal patients through the power of interactive play.
One of the organization’s primary initiatives is called “Project GO Kart.” GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts) are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks which enable nurses to easily provide bedside activities to children unable to leave their rooms in hospitals. Each GO Kart is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and assortment of games. The carts provide a safe, flexible, and efficient way to ensure kids have access to entertainment and coping mechanisms during long-term hospitalization. Each unit also has an internal lift mechanism, which allows healthcare staff to adjust the GO Kart to a patient’s bedside, accommodating a variety of medical scenarios which may limit a patient’s mobility.
Jeremiah Program’s mission is to transform families from poverty to prosperity. Researchers have determined that two-generation models like Jeremiah Program achieve significant educational, health, and economic benefits for both children and their parents. Jeremiah’s holistic program model provides five two-generational services, all supported by individualized coaching: 1) support for career-track college education: each mom must be enrolled in a two or four year college program at the time of admission; 2) empowerment and life skills classes: before entering the program, all moms complete a 12-week empowerment course, which introduces tools for self-reliance. While in residence, they attend weekly life skills classes covering career exploration, financial planning, positive parenting and health and wellness; 3) high quality early childhood education: to establish a strong foundation for life-long educational achievement for children ages birth to 5 years, Jeremiah Program offers high quality early childhood education in our Child Development Center; 4) safe and affordable housing: Jeremiah families live in furnished apartments in our new facility or in duplexes next to the campus. Participants pay only 30% of their income for rent; and 5) a supportive community: camaraderie develops among families in the empowerment classes and grows as they move through the program together.
Kids In a New Groove
Kids In A New Groove (KING) provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly, private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success. By creating a consistent and nurturing environment, we empower youth in foster care to transform their future through music mentorship. Music Mentors travel to students’ homes, following students to each new placement, creating consistency in otherwise unstable lives. KING provides each student with an instrument, lesson materials, and a reward system – to help create a sense of achievement and confidence. A student’s mentor often becomes the one stable adult they can count on, with a strong bond that follows them throughout their time in foster care. For the past three years, 100% of KING’s eligible seniors have graduated from high school, with 95% of those students going on to attend college, technical school or enlist in the military. This compares to the national average of less than 50% of foster youth graduating from high school and less than 3% going on to college. The program succeeds because it invests in a long-term commitment to students’ growth and success.
Urban Roots mission is to use food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. For the past 10 years, they’ve provided paid internships to young people on their 3.5 acre farm in East Austin. Together they grow more than 25,000 pounds of fresh food each year, 40% of which is donated to those in need through hunger relief partners. This grant will support the Farm Internship Program, which will provide opportunities for 45 youth to spend five months learning to grow food while serving the community and growing as leaders.