While this page is titled "STOLMID Supports", this is really about charities that support all of us as they make the world a better place through their respective initiatives. We are motivated every day by these organizations providing an avenue for people to just...try. That is so important. With every ounce of our company, we want you to try. What do we want you to try? It's up to you.
Since its inception in 2001, The Possibility Project ("TPP") has served more than 1,600 teenagers from more than 100 schools, 18 foster care agencies, and 12 justice organizations in all five boroughs of the city. Their youth have written and performed 42 original musicals and led 90 community action projects, reaching more than 70,000 audience and community members.
TPP uses the performing arts as the vehicle by which teenagers enact
their positive development and lead change in their communities. Because the teenage years are an intense period of inevitable change and growth, the dynamic, interactive processes of the performing arts are a perfect fit for teenagers.
TPP currently runs four programs and engage about 150 youth per year in 300+ program hours. They also provide program services on Rikers Island once per week through a partnership with Friends of Island Academy.
Participant demographics across all programs (approx.)
|80-90% youth of color||
70-80% qualify for free/reduced lunch
20-30% in foster care
60-70% young women
99% of participants in the Saturday and After-School Programs have graduated from high school or completed their HSE (high school equivalency), and 92% have enrolled in college (since 2001)
85% of Foster Care and Youth Justice program participants have either stayed in high school or college, re-enrolled in school or HSE programs, or made significant progress toward completing an HSE (since 2009)
A three-year research project determined that TPP's Saturday and After-School programs are making a deep impact in three key areas: 1) self-disclosure, 2) emotional support, and 3) conflict resolution (completed in 2013 and led by Dr.
Michael Hanson and the National Center for Children and Families at Teacher’s College of Columbia University)
Their research project focused on TPP's foster care alumni who have aged out of care found that those alumni are:
o significantly less likely to be parents as young adults or to be arrested or convicted of a crime;
o significantly more likely to be involved in civic engagement activities; and
o the majority are using the self-regulation and conflict resolution skills learned in the program in their lives now
LDF was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. LDF has been involved in more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. Although LDF works primarily through the courts, its strategies include advocacy, educational outreach, legislation monitoring, coalition building and policy research. Additionally, it provides scholarships for exceptional African-American students.
The mission of Homeless Youth Connection ("HYC") is to eliminate barriers to graduation for homeless youth and create lasting solutions for a successful future through community support and increased awareness. HYC serves homeless youth ages 13-21 who are attending local high schools. Youth are provided with basic necessities, case management, housing if needed, life skills and mentors to ensure they have the resources to stay in school, complete their education and have a chance at a brighter future.
HYC takes whatever donations possible such as gift cards for Fry’s (local supermarket) and Walmart, liquid laundry detergent, body lotion, toothpaste, conditioner, and hand sanitizer and clorox wipes. With your purchase of a pair of STOLMID shorts, we'll give them cash.
In their first year, 2010-2011, HYC assisted 47 homeless teens with basic necessities. In 2017-2018, and 2018-2019, HYC continued to expand their services and grow their staff. In the most recent school year, HYC served 730 students and this year anticipate serving more than 800. Since their inception ten years ago, HYC has served more than 2,700 students, and placed more than 100 in host homes.
CASA Academy’s teachers are hired from across the United States and are selected after an intensive interview process which includes a phone screening, multiple interviews, a demo lesson and data analysis. In the 2018-19 school year, 92% of CASA’s staff returned to CASA. CASA Academy has an extended school day that provides 348 more hours of instruction each year than required, ensuring that CASA scholars have more time to learn. More time learning means better academic outcomes for scholars.
By giving to CASA Academy, you are providing young children in Phoenix with an opportunity for a quality education. CASA believes that all students – regardless of ethnicity, language or family income level – deserve the chance to attend a high-quality school.
The road to college starts in kindergarten and CASA is committed to getting them there.
Mujeres en Cambio de Miguel de Allende
In 2019 Mujeres en Cambio gave MEX$1,796,200 pesos ($83,265 USD) in scholarships to 187 girls from 46 villages in rural San Miguel.
Educating Girls is the Key to Ending Poverty
The objective of Mujeres en Cambio ("MeC") is to foster the independence, education and enhanced quality of life of impoverished rural women and girls in the areas surrounding San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Their aim is to recognize, honor and empower these women, supporting them to obtain an education or to begin or continue self-sustaining projects that benefit them and their families.
MeC was founded in 1995 by a small group of women—both American expatriates and Mexican citizens—who were concerned about the plight of the impoverished women in the rural communities (campo) surrounding San Miguel de Allende.
Their first scholarships were awarded to seven very deserving young girls in 1995. For the 2018-2019 school year, MeC granted 131 scholarships to girls in secundaria and preparatoria at an annual cost per student of $5,500 pesos, and granted 56 scholarships to university students at an annual cost per student of $20,500 pesos. While this amount does not cover all school costs, it is critical in helping a student reach her educational goals. This opportunity will enhance her quality of life and capacity for independence.
The Phillips Renner Foundation, a public charity, works to reduce inequities in nutrition, dental care, and education by delivering high-impact health services and products to the children of the world's poorest communities.
Infectious dental disease and lack of adequate nutritional information are leading causes of childhood mortality and retarded development. Not only does the foundation assess and treat children's dental needs in under-developed areas, they also provide nutrition and prevention education to their parents.
A Recent Visit
In November 2019 the Phillips Renner Foundation had their first trip to Zambia and it was a profound success. The team of five dentists and four non-dental assistants saw 4,330 children in just five days.
The doctors were Kim Nichelini, Jeffrey A Nichelini, Bruce Fong, Marc Urza, and Bob Renner. Trevor Fong, Dr. Alan Wihippy, Jeff Meredith, and Purobi Phillips were the assistants.
The team worked in Livingstone one day and four days in Choma. They had good local help from Emmanuel Beck Banda, who managed logistics, and a few other wonderful locals. They made it all possible.
A Future Visit
Papua, New Guinea
November 21 through 28, 2020
Subject to postponement due to COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for announcements.