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Zoo Jenas

Zoo Jeans are the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals.We first take their favourite playthings — old tires and giant rubber balls — and wrap them in sheets of denim.Then we return them to the animals and let nature run its course. The animals roar, gnaw and claw at their toys, and when they’re done we gather up what’s left of the damaged denim. It is from this unique fabric that we make the jeans. So the wild rips and tears in Zoo Jeans have been created with pure animal instinct. Zoo Jeans is an initiative of the “Mineko Club” volunteer group of zoo supporters, launched in collaboration with Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, with the goal of revivifying the local zoo.

For one week, beginning Monday, July 7, the general public will have the opportunity to bid on a pair of Zoo Jeans that will be made available on Japan’s “Yahoo Auction” online auction site. The organization responsible for the Zoo Jeans initiative, the Mineko Club*, will donate all profits from the sale to Kamine Zoo’s efforts to preserve the environment for the animals, as well as to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Mineko Club is a volunteer group of local residents in Hitachi City established with the aim of revivifying the Makine Zoo. The club provides various services for zoo visitors, such as running events, and producing and selling animal-themed products and souvenirs, etc.

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Young Life

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.   

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

The Five C’s of Young Life

Young Life began with a few simple ideas about sharing the truth of God’s love with adolescents. Seven decades later, those simple ideas have become time-tested methods for reaching out to middle school, high school and college students in friendship and hope.

Club — A Party With a Purpose

What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It’s controlled chaos that’s almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is a​ll about.​

Campaigners — A Time to Learn and Grow

​Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was referred to as “The Young Life Campaign”) is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.

Camp — The Best Week of Their Lives

Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their lives. That’s a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told?

​Contact Work — Caring for Kid​s

Because kids don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids “contact work,” but kids just call it friendship.​​

​Committee — Adults Who Care

Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person, there is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who works directly with kids. In each community, the local “committee” — comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders — provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local 
Young Life team.​​​​​

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Promising Pages

Our mission is to level the playing field, and offer all kids a fair shot at life by giving them the tools they need to succeed at an early age. Those tools are books, a love of reading and a healthy self-esteem that comes with book ownership.

The Magic Book Party program is our signature event designed specifically for our kindergarten to second grade friends. The program was established and designed by teachers and volunteers in Charlotte, NC as a way to add tremendous value to the books we redistribute. We believe it’s not enough to simply give books to kids; you have to do so in a fun and exciting way that makes children thrilled to read any book they get their hands on. The Magic Book Party programs are proving to do just that with a 90% success rate.

“The students are reading because they want to read instead of a teacher telling them to read. The students say they like to read now so they can become what they want when the grow up.”

– Y-Readers Site Coordinator

The series includes several visits from our mascots, Erm the Book Worm and Erma the Book Worma. Erm and Erma have a Magic Book, and any child who is lucky enough to hold the Magic Book will grow up to be smart, successful, and do anything they want to do in the world! The children then have to listen very closely as Erma reads her book, “Luckier than the Luckiest,” which holds the keys to keeping the magic activated for a lifetime. Children will get the opportunity to touch the Magic Book as well as receive their own wrapped Magic Books as a reminder of the day they pledged to become a bookworm. After the initial party we revisit the children two weeks later to reinforce the message and to let the children self-select additional books. Each visit has a different theme and early literacy message. Erma and/or Erm visit monthly after the initial two parties. Original Magic Book Parties last 1 hour and can be performed for between 20 and 40 K-1st Graders. All subsequent parties are approximately 30 minutes long. We also provide a more compact program for the summer.


Data from the 2012-2013 School Year “Magic Book Parties”

• 100% of the teachers reported that Magic Book Parties are “Very Necessary” or “Extremely Necessary” in ensuring reading success in their Title 1 classrooms

• 90% of students “truly benefited” from the Magic Book Party Program and had improved reading levels

• 70% of the students we worked with have an “improved self-esteem” because of our programs

• 70% of our students read for pleasure on “Most Nights”

• All teachers reported their students either liked books “3 to 5 times more” (80%) or “More than 10x’s more” (20%) due to our Magic Book Party programming

• Each child received a Magic Book and at least 15+ stack of self-selected books, with the majority of children receiving 25 or more

To add your school or agency to our Magic Book Party Waiting list, please click here.

Cost to Run Magic Book Parties

At Promising Pages we believe we can positively and profoundly impact a young child’s life and future for as little as the cost of one movie ticket. The Magic Book Party program costs Promising Pages approximately $10 per student to run and implement. This includes all visits from Erm, Erma, our special helpers, all wrapped and unwrapped books, and all materials and curriculum implementation.

Donate Today: For just $10 you can redirect a child’s future!

We would be honored if you would consider sponsoring a Magic Book Party program for a school, classroom or individual child. If you would like to volunteer to help out at our Magic Book parties our our warehouse processing center please join our Magic Volunteer Pool.

If you are a Title 1 school and would like to partner with us we are currently placing schools on our waiting list. We urge you to apply as soon as possible. Please send an email to info@promisingpages.com demonstrating need and describing how the Magic Book Party program would be a good fit for your school. We will continue to partner with new schools on an ongoing basis as we receive the corresponding funding.

Unwrap the Magic

Community Distribution Program

Our Unwrap the Magic Community distribution program focuses on babies, toddlers and pre-school age children, and in many cases incorporates the whole family. These events are much like a visit from Santa Claus and his elves– except Santa is “Erm the Book Worm” or “Erma the Book Worma,” and his elves are book buddy volunteer in matching worm-striped aprons. The presents, of course, are books! Children get special one-on-one time with the mascot who helps them open their wrapped gift. It’s an experience so unique; it was referred to as a “literary first” in an article published in the Charlotte Observer. For the majority of children we serve, this is either their very first book or the first fun event they have experienced that involved books.
Our volunteers host “Unwrap the Magic” events each week at various locations around the community including Crisis Assistance Ministry. Each “Unwrap the Magic” event costs Promising Pages approximately $50 to run and are completely funded by our generous individual and coorporate donors.

Habitat for Humanity Book Shelves

No Home is Complete without Books!

At Promising Pages we believe every home should have a bookshelf full of books. Unfortunately this is not the case for thousands of families in Charlotte. Promising Pages and Habitat for Humanity-Matthews have partnered together to change this trend, one home at a time. For every new home that Habitat for Humanity-Matthews builds, Promising Pages provides a shelf full of hand-selected books for the children and family living there. The shelf full of beautiful books is the first piece of furniture to go in the home and the only piece of furniture in the home at the time of dedication. Check out this Charlotte Observer article for more information on this incredible, one-of-a-kind program.

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The Victory Project

The Victory Project is a registered 501c3 faith-based, non-profit organization. 

Since 2007 we have specialized in mentoring court-involved and disadvantaged young men in Montgomery County. We serve up to 20 young men at a time in our facility, located at 16 West Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. 

We are funded exclusively through private and corporate contributions; we have chosen not to accept government funding.

Life..Undone

The Victory Project breaks down the walls of captivity. By undoing the youths isolated experiences, we expose them to the potential of a positive socio-economic standing through our 3E’s curriculum; Education, Entrepreneurship & Enlightenment.   

Our youth, no longer depend on a criminal or social system which can enable their destructive lifestyles.  Finding freedom and independence by obtaining marketable skills which will allow them to compete in the workforce.  

Empowering our young men to discover the life God intended. which directly reflects our guiding verse; You’re here to be light bringing out the God-colors in the world, God is not a secret to be kept we’re going public with this as public as a city on a hill. Matthew 5:14

Education - Entrepreneurship - Enlightenment

These time-tested principles of a good education, appreciating hard work, and serving God, are the foundations of our curriculum​.

Education

We offer weekly, individualized homework assistance and tutoring. Our facility is equipped with a computer lab learning center and library.

Entrepreneurship

We launched our own micro-enterprise; Victory Landscape Management, LLC. which our youth and business mentors operate. Gaining valuable job experience, while earning their way.  

Enlightenment

Our recreation space has a workout area & game room. It’s also where we gather for dinner five nights a week. This consistency build-on a trusting, loving environment. Which is reinforced during our weekly Bible studies.

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