February 7, 2018

Meet the finalists for the third annual Renewal Awards

Public voting has closed. Stay tuned to find out which 10 organizations from this list of 25 all-stars will be the next winners.

Vote for this year's Renewal Awards winners here. Ten winners will be announced on March 27, 2018. Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar

Updated Feb. 21, 2018: Public voting is now closed. Ten winners will be announced March 27 at The Renewal Summit in New Orleans, on TheAtlantic.com, and here, on The Renewal Project.

Twenty-five nonprofits stood out from a pool of nearly 3,000 nominees. They are now finalists for The Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate. Meet the organizations in the running for this year’s honor, which recognizes nonprofits that are creatively solving some of their communities’ most pressing social and economic issues.

Now in its third year, The Renewal Awards will recognize 10 organizations with grants from Allstate to further their work. Five winners each will receive $20,000, with one winner receiving the Allstate Youth Empowerment award, and another five runners-up each will receive $10,000. The winners will be announced at an event on March 27 in New Orleans, and here on The Renewal Project.

The awards are the flagship initiative of The Renewal Project, The Atlantic and Allstate’s broader partnership that spotlights local innovation and celebrates change-makers in local communities.

Your vote counts

The public’s vote will be one of the many elements weighed by a panel of judges composed of journalists from The Atlantic, past Renewal Award winners, and outside members. From now until Feb. 21, 2018, cast your vote here for your favorite nonprofit from the list of finalists.

This year’s finalists are committed to serving their communities through education, economic development, mentorship, and job training. They represent 23 cities and 15 states. Read more about each organization below.

AnewAmerica, Oakland, Calif.
AnewAmerica changes lives through creating economic opportunities for targeted communities through entrepreneurship coaching and support.

Be a Rose, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Be a Rose creates a safe space where marginalized women of different races, cultures, and religious backgrounds can openly discuss important but neglected issues.

Clarifi, Philadelphia
Clarifi provides financial empowerment services to the Greater Philadelphia region through a continuum of financial education programs and services.

Community Bridges, Silver Spring, Md.
Community Bridges empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women.

Con Mi MADRE, Austin, Texas
Con Mi MADRE empowers young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education.

Deaf Planet Soul, Chicago
Deaf Planet Soul breaks down barriers by training women in self defense, fitting hearing aids on war-deafened refugee kids, teaching American Sign Language, and creating Deaf-accessible literature.

DigitalC, Cleveland
DigitalC works to advance technology, data, and innovation for community impact in Northeast Ohio.

F.A.R.M.S, Rock Hill, S.C.
Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) is a regional nonprofit that provides legal services to aging small farmers while alleviating hunger in the farmer’s community by allowing them to do what they love to do—grow food.

Fugees Academy, Atlanta
Fugees Academy, a tuition-free private school just outside of Atlanta, serves an exclusive population of refugee students from around the world.

Hazleton Integration Project, Hazleton, Pa.
The Hazleton Integration Project creates productive opportunities for economically disadvantaged children through a variety of no-cost or low-cost educational, cultural, and athletic activities.

Let’s Innovate Through Education, Memphis, Tenn.
Let’s Innovate through Education equips African-American/Latinx students with 21st-century skills to create wealth.

Katie’s Krops, Summerville, S.C.
Katie’s Krops empowers youth to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same.

Profound Gentlemen, Charlotte, N.C.
Profound Gentlemen’s mission is to build a community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color.

Take Root Cafe, Kirksville, Mo.
Take Root Cafe helps to alleviate hunger and promotes health by offering nourishing, high quality, local foods on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Turnaround for Children, New York
Turnaround for Children uses neuroscientific research to understand and solve the challenges facing our national education system.

The Bread Project, Berkeley, Calif.
The Bread Project provides job skills and employment readiness training in commercial baking to empower low-income Bay Area residents on their paths to self-sufficiency.

The Garden Detroit, Detroit
The Garden Detroit uses cut flower farming as a means to transform vacant blighted land into beautiful and productive landscapes, and turns some of its crops into value-added products, such as mixed flower bouquets, lavender soap, and live plant sales, sold at markets and online to generate enough revenue to create jobs.

Soldiers’ Angels, San Antonio, Texas
Soldiers’ Angels is a national nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, wounded heroes, and a growing veteran population.

Street Team Movement, Orlando, Fla.
Street Team Movement provides comfort for the homeless by providing the following services: laundry several times a week, and remedial aid (clothes, shoes, personal, dental, and feminine hygiene products) distributed through a converted food truck. Mobile showers are coming this summer.

Wardrobe for Opportunity, Oakland, Calif.
Wardrobe for Opportunity assists low-income individuals in their efforts to find a job, keep a job, and build a career.

Youth Empowerment Finalists

Drama Club, New York
Drama Club is a new nonprofit that provides theater training and positive mentor relationships to young people throughout each step of their journey through the criminal justice system: detention, placement and probation.

LearnServe International, Washington
LearnServe guides middle and high school students to change their communities by helping them to launch their own social ventures.

Summer Search, San Francisco
Summer Search bridges the educational opportunity gap faced by students from low-income backgrounds, particularly students of color, in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.

Young Storytellers, Los Angeles
Young Storytellers inspires young people to discover the power of their voice using one-on-one mentorship.

Youth Empowerment Project, New Orleans
The Youth Empowerment Project engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness, and enrichment services.

Read more about each finalist and cast your vote here:

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