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2010 Fast Pitch Finalists and Showcase Participants

$10,000 Prize Winner for the Best Overall Presentation plus $2,500 Coaches' Award 
   BTS Communications, a Social Venture of Beit T'Shuvah
 John Sullivan 
BTS Communications is a nonprofit advertising and social media agency housed within Beit T’Shuvah, a drug treatment facility. BTS helps recovering addicts by providing internships as graphic designers, copywriters, web developers and marketers.  Click here to view the pitch.

$5,000 Prize Winner for Innovation & Impact plus $1,000 Audience Favorite Award
   Food Forward
Rick Nahmias
Food Forward is Southern California’s largest backyard harvesting and produce rescue nonprofit. Twelve months of the year, an all volunteer corps of several hundred Angelinos harvest fruit from single trees or massive orchards, donating 100% to local food pantries and hunger-relief organizations. Click here to view the pitch.

$5,000 Prize Winner for Pitch
   South Central Scholars Foundation
 Meredith Curry 
South Central Scholars (SCS) provides a support network, programs, and services to ensure that underprivileged students from South Central Los Angeles and surrounding areas are equipped with the tools needed to graduate from college and succeed in life. Click here to view the pitch.

Other Finalists
   Ballroom Madness
 Jane Dorian 
Ballroom Madness brings ballroom dance to elementary school children.  Through dances such as the foxtrot, swing and waltz the program provides students an artistic outlet within an environmnet that is safe and constructive.  Click here to view the pitch.

   California Youth Connection
Jacque Lindeman
CYC promotes the participation of foster youth in policy development and legislative change to improve the foster care system with the assistance of current and former foster youth as well as other committed community members.  Click here to view the pitch.

   Levitt Pavilions
 Sharon Yazowski 
Levitt Pavilions is a nonprofit organization that transforms neglected bandshells and public spaces into Levitt Pavilions, forming the only national network of outdoor venues with free programming.  Click here to view the pitch.

   Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship 
 Estelle Reyes 
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Los Angeles provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.   Click here to view the pitch.

   Spirit of America
Jim Hake
Spirit of America helps our troops be more successful and to come home sooner and safer by providing items such as solar water pumps, school supplies, sewing machines, tools, blankets, and books to local villages where the US has troops stationed.  Click here to view the pitch.

    Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum 
Robin Petgrave
Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum’s (TAM) mission is to encourage youth involvement in aviation as an alternative to drugs, gang violence, and other self-destructive activities.  Click here to view the pitch.

   Youth Speak Collective 
David Keitzman
Youth Speak Collective (YSC) is a youth-driven organization founded on the idea that all young people can succeed if provided with the right opportunities. YSC's mission is to empower low-income, at-risk youth with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities.  Click here to view the pitch.

2010 Showcase Participants

Fertile Action
Healthy Child Healthy World
Homeboy Industries
New Visions Foundation: The LENZ Project
The C5 Youth Foundation
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company


To see the 2011 Program Participants, click here.

To see the 2009 Program Participants, click here.

To see the 2008 Finalists, click here.

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