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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our organization Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation works to eradicate poverty by providing education and education resources to children and youth. We work to raise awareness and promote the protection of children’s rights. Our Mission To improve the quality of life for children and youth by providing education and advocating for protection from exploitation and physical harm. Our Vision A world where every child is educated, and protected from all forms of harm, having a voice as their needs are met, allowed to grow up with dignity, equality and respect. A world where every young person has access to employment and opportunity.

Results: Angola Education Award for Educating Children in Angola Award nominee for Raising the Social Consciousness of Children and Youth in Brazil We have donated 5 Children's Libraries in Brazil; New books, New computers We have hosted Youth Education for Employment Conferences in Angola, Brazil and Liberia. We have paid for children to go to primary, secondary, vocational and college, purchased school supplies, provided a bit of food and transportation. We have raised the money to build a primary school and pay school fees for the first 100 children to attend. Mentored young people into professional jobs with Fortune 500 companies and local companies. Our youth education for employment program has resulted in two self-sustaining youth NGO's. Found by the young people in Angola and Liberia.

Target demographics: Our target demographic is children and youth ages 0-25 years of age. We help children and young people in some of the most poor and violent neighborhoods in the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150

Geographic areas served: Angola, Brazil, Germany, Liberia, Uruguay and United States of America

Programs: The V Sign is a child's silent self identifier signaling "I am in trouble" To stop and advocate against all forms of harm to children; child trafficking, child labor, bullying, child prostitution, child sexual exploitation, child slavery and all forms of discrimination against children. Children's Art Project using a human rights based approach to teaching children about their human rights. To empower children and youth to become informed activist and agents of change. Scholarship Program to send children to school who would not otherwise attend because they can not afford it. Youth Employment creates education for employment skills to support youth who volunteer in community projects. Policy reform; Education and employment policy reform; to promote and advocate global policy reform for youth leaders who volunteer receive priority placement (in the classroom and on the job) in education and employment opportunities.

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20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The loss of a child is something no parent should have to go through; but it is not only the parents that are hurting. Sometime a parent’s grief is so deep they do not see the other people in their child’s life that are also touched. Immediate family is the easiest to see, brothers and your spouse or step-parent; then aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Then the children’s friends, some of whom the parent may not even know.

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation thought TMMAF, has helped this family extend the memory, love and positive outgoing attitude of one lost child and extend the reach to over 5000 other children around the world so that they may know love, music, education, hope and optimism. The joy from giving, knowing that this lost child would be thrilled to see the positive impact SASEF has in many other lives is outstanding and refreshing beyond words.

I believe that you don’t have an impact on only the one person you see, because behind every individual are many others that also feel your actions and words. Thank you SASEF and The Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts foundation for making a difference in over 5000 lives directly and thousands more indirectly.

daniely

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to work as a volunteer, but until I join SASEF, I couldn´t find a NGO in which I could really help children and be part of a such life changing experiences! With the International Reading Corners Project, we saw children from very disavantaged districts have their first contact with books and movies, feeling more loved, working them on their self-steem and how they deserve the best in life.
SASEF helped so many children in my hometown, doing a remarkable work in Porto Alegre. In addition to the International Reading Corner, SASEF helped also teenagers to find their first job as trainees.
The SASEF Family is all over the world, and we are always in touch with each other and we exchange lots and lots of experiences which also helps us doing t better work on site.

Due to all this, I truly believe SASEF is a great non profit organization and has been doing a wonderful job!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started at SASEF helping a little bit to connect his nonprofit to other NGOs in my hometown. The work developed by SASEF was so prefessional and seirous that I decided to help it more and more.When we wrote together the Library Project and brought partners like Germany Consulate, UNESCO and YMCA I felt really happy. But the greatest moment was to see the 1st library opened, with over 500 books, DVDs, toys and love:the children reading and getting excited with the books was breathtaking to me. Until today I remember the look on their faces. Now we are building another one and I think the feeling will be the same. One of the more inspirational moment we had these past days was the news that one of our boys was hired in a great Hotel:his first job and we are part of this for we helped him with workshops and curriculum. Working for SASEF has been quite a journey: the love we feel for avery single member and volunteer are very strong, although we do not know each other in person, but we know by heart. I truly belive in SASEF's mission to erradicate poverty, one child at a time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the work SASEF has been doing and continues to do. For a non-profit to consistently deliver high-quality programmes is a feat that SASEF seems to achieve with ease. This is primarily due to the great leadership provided by the Founding Chair Mrs Rhonda Staudt and the dedication of the entire Board of Directors of SASEF and SASEF volunteers around the world. I am honored to be a part of the Team. The SASEF created initiative the V-Sign (launched in MAy 2013) which seeks to help stop child trafficking by providing children and young people with a sign that they can use to signal that they are being trafficked, is particularly important and is gaining momentum internationally. I am 100% in support of this initiative as it is timely and goes directly to the heart of the matter by giving the intended victim of child trafficking an simple but instantly recognizable tool that can aid in their rescue. Once again SASEF is leading from in front and a number of noteworthy organizations like SOS Kinderdof are lining up in support.

darrell-a

Board Member

Rating: 5

Year after year Sasef has continued to reach out and make a difference to youth around the world. The many lives that have been touched, inspired and educated simply warms my heart. Sasef, it's volunteers and supporters are angels in my book.

Darrell Alsbrook

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is a valuable organization to many children worldwide. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization which does such meaningful and life-changing work globally. The many lives of the children that have been infused with hope and encouragement through support from SASEF is heartwarming. I can't think of a better platform to support that engages, encourages, and enriches the dreams and ambition of young people the way SASEF does. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful work and will continue to support SASEF for many years to come. Darrell Alsbrook

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF, is such an outstanding non-profit organization. It does my heart good to know that we strive to provide education to those less fortunate. I stand strong & proud to be a part of this SASEF non-profit organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SASEF in 2002 during an english class, then SASEF taught me how to voluntier, and also to understand on how to work as volunteer, sometimes I say that I'm the most suspect to speak about SASEF as am what I'm because they came to my country and started to teach and help people on how to be focus on life goals, like to go back to school and how importatant is the education. Also I was well trained by them and started to attend trainings, workshop at regional and global level.

SASEF is part of my life.

Jacques Nginga

Luanda-Angola

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Am like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them.

sasef

Board Member

Rating: 5

For 13 years SASEF has been working to provide education and educational resources for children and youth and YES we have been extremely successful. Last year we built two children's digital libraries which provided a safe space for hundreds of children to sit down and read a book, do homework, get help with computers, have someone to talk to and share information on what's going on in the neighborhood. Plus we provided scholarships to send six young people to college! This year we introduced The V Sign (www.thevsign.org) a self help sign for a child who has been kidnapped or stolen. Yes its new and we know it will take time but The V Sign will become the universal hand signal for anyone who is in trouble.

To date we have never paid a salary and continue to work via volunteers - this means every cent or every donation goes to helping children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization, SASEF works very hard to raise money to facilitate our youth serving projects on four continents. SASEF education for employment conference and workshops has literally made the way for hundreds of young people to learn what is necessary to get and keep a real job. The project requires youth to belong to a youth led or youth serving organization or to join a youth led or youth serving organization and implement a community service project using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date many of our hard working young people have been hired at hotels, nonprofit institutions and in the private sector. In partnership with the YMCA in Brazil our International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World has provided a FREE children's and youth library. The library is open 6 days a week; there are volunteer tutors on site to help children with their homework. The space also provides second language lessons and many of the students have been identified by the City of Porto Alegre as translation Ambassadors for the 2014 games. SASEF’s Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund (TMMAF) has made it possible for students to receive scholarships to study art, purchased a piano thus creating a music program in a public school. This year TMMAF in support of the United Nations International Year of Youth is the sole supporter of our Making a Difference Photography Contest where young people are asked to photograph what total social inclusion looks like to them. The contest will end August 2011 with a photography exhibition highlighting our contestants work in Brazil, Hungary, Germany, and Liberia. SASEF’s Alvalon Scholarship has built schools and paid tuition for children and youth to attend primary, secondary and vocational school. All scholarship youth who attend secondary and vocational school have a mentor working with them throughout the entire scholarship period. SASEF is a wonderful organization building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the last year alone SASEF has done so much for youth and youth based organisations it is hard not to aknowledge the impact of their work. In Liberia alone they have given higher education scholarships to several young people underscoring SASEF's committment to providing educational opportunbities for young people whenever and wherever possible.The organisation, has been, and continues to, mentor and advise a number of youth baased organisationsin Liberia, inclunding Messengrs of Peace- Liberia (MOP), Calvary Empowerment Team (CET) and YOCADS, to name a few. The opening of the chilren's libary in Bazil earlier this year further underscores SASEF's committment to providing tandible educcation support facilities to youth all over the world. The unwavering drive and energy of Founding Chair, Rhonda Staudt -with the support of the Board- to ensure that the organization stays true to its madate is to be commended and clearly demonstrates that focused intent can move mountains.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As Co-Founder of SASEF I have had the privilege and honor to helping her grow to help thousands of young people all over the world. There are no words to express the joy in helping a young person discover and steer the path of personal and professional success. Together with an incredible team of volunteers (there are no paid persons at SASEF) I have learned patience in the process of helping. As I write this review the word DIGNITY and CHARACTER continue to come to mind. These are two very important pieces to the puzzle that always stand at the forefront of impacting a human beings life. It's a joy, pleasure and again an honor to be part of the SASEF family. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this ten year journey and an invitation to join us in the journey if you have not already done so.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is a non-profit organization, that specializes in charity funding to help support education to those less fortunate in third world countries.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is one of the outstanding nonprofit organizations that aids the third world children in broaden their horizons and giving their willing hearts and mind a chance to grow. This nonprofit organization created fundraising ethics by setting up a library and giving the children the ability to freely education themselves. Children are our future and that is the concern of SASEF.

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