Urban Youth Nonprofits Collaborate for #GiveTuesKnox


GiveTuesKnox 2014 season of giving

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2014
Contact: John Crooks Ashley Summers
865-637-3227 ext. 119 865-523-9455


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Three local organizations serving urban youth are joining forces to raise awareness and support during #GiveTuesKnox.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Emerald Youth Foundation and Knoxville Leadership Foundation have partnered to bring the global campaign #GivingTuesday to the community. The campaign inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support, and help create a better world.
#GiveTuesKnox will begin Nov. 17 and continue through Dec. 2 (officially #GivingTuesday). The campaign will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.
“We participated in #GivingTuesday last year, and decided to reach out to our friends at Emerald Youth and Knoxville Leadership Foundation for the 2014 campaign,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee CEO Doug Kose. “Creating #GiveTuesKnox allows us to come together to raise funds for our mentoring work with urban youth and inspire people to consider getting involved on a deeper level with our organizations.”
#GiveTuesKnox is being launched in three ways:
• Official website – http://www.givetuesknox.org
• Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/GiveTuesKnox
• Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/GiveTuesKnox
Donations of any amount will be accepted online via credit card at http://www.givetuesknox.org.
“Thousands of urban youth are cared for each year through our organizations, and we look forward to #GiveTuesKnox providing additional resources for our Amachi program,” said Knoxville Leadership Foundation president Chris Martin.
“It is important for groups like ours to collaborate,” said Emerald Youth president and CEO Steve Diggs. “Urban boys and girls in our city need caring adults in their lives, and #GiveTuesKnox is just one more way to help ensure that happens.”
More details about #GiveTuesKnox will be announced in the coming weeks.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been transforming the lives of children since 1970. We are a member agency of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States, consisting of more than 350 agencies nationwide. Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to enhancing our role in being a part of a collaborative system of support that leads to positive outcomes for East Tennessee’s youth. We partner with families, donors, volunteers, schools, government, and other organizations to provide children facing adversity with the tools they need to not only succeed, but thrive. Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters evidenced based programs helps children stay in school and out of trouble. Details at http://www.tennesseebig.org.
About Emerald Youth Foundation
Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth and community development ministry that serves more than 1,400 urban children, teens and young adults each year. Programs include: JustLead – Our church and community-based ministry provides after school, summer, discipleship and mentoring experiences. Sports – Through our partnership with FCA, we offer recreational and competitive and campus team sports opportunities including soccer, volleyball, swimming and track, as well as traditional offerings in baseball and basketball. Fellows – A transition program to help high school seniors complete post-secondary education or training and establish both a career and a role as a servant leader in their church and community. Details at http://www.emeraldyouth.org.
About Knoxville Leadership Foundation
The Knoxville Leadership Foundation serves the Knoxville area by connecting communities of resource with communities of need while reconciling people to Jesus Christ and to each other. Knoxville Leadership Foundation youth mentoring programs work to match at-risk youth with caring mentors who lead and inspire by building lasting, positive relationships. Our vision is to see our city transformed by announcing, demonstrating and replicating the Kingdom of God. We are a member of Leadership Foundations of America, a national network of local faith-based organizations that mobilize leaders from all walks of life to tackle our cities’ biggest problems. Details at http://www.klf.org.

Knoxville Leadership Foundation Contact:
Alexa Goddard
(865) 524-2774

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