Campaign for KCA Youth Empowerment!
Watch Alyscia's campaign launch video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YAQpFZaokec
Not long ago I received a Google alert about Alicia Keys and her stance on her #NoMakeup movement. In the recent past, a few celebrities spoke out against Photoshop manipulation but for the first time a celebrity has gained a significant amount of attention and admiration for a major lifestyle shift that is typically deemed as unacceptable in the Hollywood world.Although our children learn about self-love and acceptance through their close family relationships (and in turn with themselves) public figures have a profound influence in the lives of our youth. This makes it so much more important that celebrities use their voice as positive platforms for much needed change.
Given that my focus as an author, filmmaker and photographer is about natural beauty, it was only natural that I reach out to Alicia Keys for an interview for my blog on "What is Beauty?".
In the process of researching her agent and PR company, I found Keep a Child Alive (KCA), an organization, co-founded by Alicia Keys, that partner with grass-roots organizations to combat the physical, social and economic impact of HIV on children and families in Africa and India.
After diving into my research about KCA (I completely forgot about the interview and focused on the mission of the organization) I discovered the organization also encompasses youth empowerment. The youth-led peer support groups are helping young people living with HIV access support and confidence that they need to live healthy lives and build bright futures.
I immediately wanted to get involved. It’s all about empowerment… and that’s my focus.
About $1,000 covers a year’s worth of programming for a youth peer support group. With that in mind, I decided to launch a campaign that focuses on positive message for the youth in the youth-led support groups. My goal is to raise $3,000, which will cover programming for 3 youth groups.
I will film 30-60 second videos of individuals voicing their message of encouragement for the children within the organization.
Here’s how you can help make this campaign a success…
- I need 20 individuals willing to volunteer a short amount of time (literally 5 minutes) to be filmed for the videos.
- Donate to the campaign. Instead of charging a fee to be filmed and edited, I ask that you please help fund the campaign and make it a success.
- Share, share, share! The more you can share on your platforms, the most it will gain more attention and go viral (that’s the goal).
It's that simple!
My campaign will end on World Aids Day, December 1, 2016. No amount is too small and anything you can give is appreciated. I hope you will stand with me and show your support by donating to Keep a Child Alive. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to my campaign thus far, both as participants and funders. Although I've officially ended the campaign contributions continue to pour in. I Please keep em' coming in. I can't thank you enough!I
by Alyscia Cunningham on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:48 PM
2 More Weeks to Go!
I've been busy focusing on the filming and editing for my campaign and have been honored to have so many sincere messages for the youth of KCA.
Given that I have only 2 weeks left, I had to put the camera down and focus more of my attention on raising funds for the youth-led support groups of Keep a Child Alive. My goal is to raise $3,000, which is enough funding for 3 youth support groups for a year ($1,000/group per year). However, if I can raise at least $1,000 for 1 year worth of funding for 1 group I'd be truly grateful.
Please help me to spread the word. If you haven't seen the videos from the individuals that shared their message of encouragement for youth, please visit http://www(dot)Youtube(dot)com/AlysciaCunningham(dot)com
by Alyscia Cunningham on Sat, Nov 19, 2016 @ 8:02 AM
See the first round of videos for KCA
See the links for the first round of videos on my YouTube page
by Alyscia Cunningham on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 11:22 PM
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Keep a Child Alive (KCA) was founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and Alicia Keys, as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medication to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment.
13 years on, KCA continues to fight HIV and AIDS on the front lines. Their work has grown to include the critical components necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, nutritious food and psychosocial support, all delivered with compassion, dignity and respect. KCA now provides financial and programmatic support to seven grassroots programs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India, serving more than 89,000 people annually.