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2012 Fast Pitch Finalists and Showcase Participants

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Winner of $15,000 Judges' Award


Young Invincibles
Presenter: Tamika Butler

Young Invincibles represents the interests of 18 to 34 year-olds, making sure that their perspective is heard wherever decisions about their collective future are being made. YI does this through advocacy, cutting-edge policy research and analysis, sharing the stories of young Americans, and campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize. Watch Tamika's pitch here.

Winner of $10,000 Annenberg Audience Award

Streetcraft LA
Presenter: Jonathan Mooney

Streetcraft LA empowers low income youth to improve their economic future through entrepreneurship by engaging youth in a training programing to find their strengths, hiring them as interns in a retail store, and launching their micro venture. At Streetcraft LA, street hustlers and taggers become creative economy entrepreneurs. Watch Jonathan's pitch here.

Winner of $5,000 Annenberg Audience Award

First Place for Youth
 Alex Atkinson 

First Place for Youth helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood by providing youth with a stable, safe, and affordable place to live, coupled with intensive education and employment support, guidance, and resources through the age of 24. Watch Alex's pitch here.


Winner of $5,000 Coaches Award

360 Degree Solutions, A WCA Development Corp Enterprise
 Troy Vaughn

360° Solutions is a social enterprise created by the Weingart Center Association. They develop and run businesses that employ formerly homeless individuals who have committed to succeeding at work and taking charge of their own futures, helping them maximize their job opportunities and transition to self-sufficiency. The coaches selected Troy for this award from all 20 participants because of the way he embraced the coaching and represented the spirit of the process.

Winner of $5,000 Random Act of Kindness Award

Convalescent Aid Society
Presenter: Dan Maljanian

Convalescent Aid Society (CAS) is dedicated to providing the free loan of durable medical equipment for in-home use in order to improve the quality of life, restore and prolong mobility, promote continued independence and autonomy, and champion sustainable and cost-effective re-use, repair and recycling of medical equipment. Watch Dan's pitch here.

Winner of $5,000 in-kind DDx Media Digital Prize Package
 Liz Greenberger
RowLA combines fitness training and intensive rowing activities with academic tutoring and college counseling in support of girls in the city of Los Angeles, enabling them to improve their health and nutrition, develop self-confidence and discipline, and become student-athletes prepared for life's challenges ahead. Watch Liz's pitch here.                             

Other Finalists
   Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust 
 Alina Bokde 
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust builds healthier, stronger, and safer communities through the creation of urban parks and gardens. They bring green spaces to LA’s most underserved areas through grassroots organizing, empowering residents to transform their neighborhoods and quality of life through direct action, involvement, and ownership.  Watch Alina's pitch here

   NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
Sarah Bassin
NewGround builds trust and partnerships to replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Muslims and Jews locally. Housed in Los Angeles City Hall with the support of the City Human Relations Commission, NewGround trains rising leaders to transform their communities with new models of communication and collaboration. Watch Sarah's pitch here.                                                                   

    Southland Opera
Ann Noriel

Southland Opera believes in the value of arts education and since 1997 has been using the state of the art instructional methods to unlock learning potential in every Southern California classroom and community that they have had the privilege to reach. Watch Ann's pitch here.


    Valley Community Clinic
Judi Rose
Valley Community Clinic provides a full range of free/low-cost health services to over 20,000 low-income, uninsured men, women, and children in the San Fernando Valley. Their outreach programs reach another 30,000 people. Their preventative care keeps uninsured patients from overburdened ER’s. We apologize, but due to technical difficulties we do not have Judi's pitch available. 

   Worksite Wellness LA
 Luis Pardo
Worksite Wellness LA improves the health of low income, medically underserved families through workplaces in Los Angeles County by creating a bridge between families and the health care system through providing information at the worksite that encourages personal responsibility, healthy lifestyles, and timely and appropriate utilization of health care services. Watch Luis' pitch here.                                                                   

2012 Showcase Participants

Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter
Book Roots
Bright Prospect
Junior Achievement Finance Park
Kids in the Spotlight
Leimert Park Beat
The Right Side Literacy Project
URBAN Teen eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT)

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