Mission: Captain planet foundation funds, supports and serves as a catalyst in the development of hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. The objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. The focus is to educate and inspire children to become great stewards of the planet and live eco-friendly lives. Through environmental education, we believe that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.
Programs: Grants are awarded to public schools and nonprofit organizations that serve youth in grades k-12 for hands-on environmental education projects. Grants are given based on the positive environmental impact that should result from the proposed project, the ability for the project to be sustainable over time and the project's effectiveness in using an investigative approach and student direct learning. Through the grants awarded, students have the opportunity to repair damage to ecosystems in their communities and in many cases prevent further deterioration. The students become more connected with their school and community surroundings while gaining the skills needed to apply what they learned in the classroom to situations in their everyday lives that require critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
My relationship with Captain Planet Foundation began in October of 2011 when I was hired as the Grant and Education Administrative Intern. During my time at CPF I acquired invaluable experience learning about the grant screening process and the methods utilized by the Foundation in choosing grants to fund. Like many nonprofits, CPF was short staffed and had a limited budget. Yet what sets Captain Planet Foundation apart from other NGO's with similar restraints is their ability to reach thousands of children all over the world despite their monetary and administrative limitations. This always- and still does- amaze me and is a testemony to the effectiveness of both their grant screening process- which selects only those programs that will function indefinitely, and the dedication of its employees. It is only a matter of time before Captain Planet Foundation becomes one of the largest, most successful nonprofits in the world!
This organization is full of great people trying to get the word out about helping the environment. Captain Planet is the only eco-friendly/eco-conscious super hero. By showing up at many events around the city of Atlanta and a few elsewhere, this foundation does a great job of being involved.