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“Abused Goddesses”: The Ad Campaign that Tackles Domestic Violence in India

enhanced-buzz-13226-1378408862-44Hinduism is the most widely practiced religion in India and one of the largest religions in the world. It is a faith steeped in the concepts of karma, dharma, and the cycles of birth and death, watched over by central deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, among others.

Hinduism is also traditionally known to be highly reverent both the feminine and masculine forces in the world, paying tribute to gods and goddesses, alike. Some of these goddesses, like Parvati and Lakshmi are represented as ideal wives and mothers, modeling feminine virtue. But others, like Durga and Kali, and fierce and powerful in their own right, independent from any male god.

Unfortunately, this reverence in the spirit world does not always translate to real life. This is precisely why the ad company, Taproot, has developed a powerful campaign, called “Abused Goddesses,” to highlight the disparity between India’s goddess-centric religion and the troubling frequency of violence against women. The campaign states,

Pray that we never see this day. Today, more than 68% of women in India are victims of domestic violence. Tomorrow, it seems like no woman shall be spared. Not even the ones we pray to.

Here are three poignant images from the campaign:

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Taproot developed this campaign for “Save Our Sisters,” a nonprofit organization that works against domestic violence and sexual exploitation. The images mirror classical paintings of the goddesses Saraswati, Durga, and Lakshmi, and you may be surprised to hear that these images are actually photographs! Makeup was painted on the models to portray wounds of domestic violence, and props are either real or painted on, as well.

Even apart from the artistic skill that went into these ads, the message is crucial. It we as a culture and a society respect women in theory but not in practice, then we are bound for a regressive and continually troubled future. Let’s start treating women – and all people – like the gods and goddesses they are!

Does the “Abused Goddesses” campaign inspire you? Tell us your thoughts below!

Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Dream Big (VIDEO)

What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say the words, “Compton, Calif.?”

A hood that’s up to no good? OK, not fair, that’s more than one word. It’s also not a 100 percent fair representation of Compton. I recently met an aeronautical angel in this city, about 16 miles south of Los Angeles, who, for the past 15 years, has helped more than 2,000 kids earn their wings.

Robyn Petgrave, founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM), is using aeronautics to get at-risk youth in Compton off the streets and into the air — educating, inspiring and empowering them to soar high and reach their dreams. Starting at age eight, kids who stay out of trouble, get good grades and have positive attitudes earn the privilege to fly planes.

“I talked to the kids about staying away from drugs and gangs, communicating, using aviation as a real life application of math and science, and working hard in school and life. As I noticed that some of them listened and followed through, I realized that I wanted to help kids succeed using aviation as a magnet to keep kids off the streets for a living,” Petgrave said.

As the founder of Celebrity Helicopters, a flight school and tour company, he still felt empty. He’s rubbed elbows with celebrities, garnered media recognition and even got the attention of Oprah. But what he’s most proud of is the title of “role model” to more than 8,000 kids at more than 21 different schools where he’s been a guest speaker.

Jump in and take a look at our Go Inspire Go video and come along for an inspiring journey. Fasten your seat belts — I promise your spirits will soar when you hit play.

After spending the day with several TAM kids, I was on a high. I was most impressed with the kids’ maturity, their willingness and duty to give back and responsible demeanors. Many TAM alum, like James Knox, are giving museum tours to the public and mentoring newcomers. Way to pay it forward!

It’s interesting to witness how the kids were drawn to TAM because of the planes, but it’s clear that they’re just a vehicle that gets the kids in the door and cockpit. Petgrave says there’s a tremendous amount of responsibility when you fly a plane, life skills that can be transferred from the air and to the streets.

I was lucky enough to be flown by James high above downtown Los Angeles. That’s when it occurred to me — what if we all took time out of our day to spend time with the youth, to tell them “YOU matter.” To what new heights would this child take us in our lives and our society?

Robyn and the kids told me many sordid stories — both heartbreaking and harrowing — of kids who’ve come through the doors with no hope. “Gangs, shootings…” says teen Cinthya Hernandez who found her calling and life’s purpose after meeting Robyn and the other TAM kids.

“One of the kids got shot in the leg right in front of his house for no apparent reason,” Robyn explained.

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What’s next for Robyn and his kids? He’s joining forces with NASA’s SpaceX program. His dream is to send one of his TAM kids to space! Something tells me this out of this world idea will become a reality in the near future. Cinthya shared her favorite quote with me. “Why shoot for the stars, when you can go to the moon?”

High five to Robyn and his crew for taking these amazing kids under his wing and catapulting them past the sky’s limit. What a great way to use his power and fueling the dreams of these bright kids and challenging them to soar to new heights.

Take Action:

1) Learn more about Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum: Tamuseum.org
2) Use your power to support TAM
3. Mentor a Child in Your Community. Inspire them to follow their passion.

What can YOU do?

*Thank you Connie Chan Wang for introducing GIG to TAM!

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Make a Difference Mondays: Give Back Yoga

Make a Difference Mondays is a new series here at IntentBlog to spotlight individuals, organizations, and causes making a positive difference in our global community. We’ll also be sharing opportunities for engagement and suggesting tangible actions you can take to make the world a better place. 


Organization
: Give Back Yoga Foundation

Websitehttp://www.givebackyoga.org/

Who They’re Serving: Veterans, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, and many other under-resourced and under-served groups

Mission: The Give Back Yoga supports and funds certified yoga teachers to offer the teachings of yoga to under-served and under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community.

Why We Chose Them: Give Back Yoga is one of the few yoga service organizations dedicated to helping support existing or up-and-coming projects. By supporting projects in many different communities, their impact is multiplied manifold. We also appreciate the organization’s broad vision: “Yoga has the potential to inspire and motivate the entire community towards greater awareness and compassion, not just for individuals but for the planet as a whole.” (GBY website)

How You Can Make a Difference:

  • Interested in starting a project to teach yoga in a prison, shelter, or community center in your community? Apply for a Give Back Yoga Foundation grant here.
  • Volunteer your time to support one of the ongoing projects GBY has funded. Check out the list here.
  • Purchase an item from the GBY store. 50% of proceeds from most items go to support the work of the foundation.
  • Donate.

The experience of yoga takes us from “self-centered” to ”community-centered” and beyond. We believe we can pass the gift of yoga, one person at a time, thus empowering individuals and building communities, and helping to reduce suffering in this world.”

Choose Gifts that Give Back and Make Your Gift Count Twice

Mostly we give out of love, sometimes from a place of obligation. Giving liberates the soul of the giver, believes Maya Angelou, and it is true; there is delight in giving. This holiday season your gifts can make a double impact by directly benefitting an individual or cause. With an eye to buy less and an awareness of the ills and circumstances that individuals face at home and afar, our choices carry more thought and more care.

iGiveTwice is an online campaign that encourages people to choose gifts that have a social or environmental benefit, and shows recommended products. Powered by Twitter, iGiveTwice aims to penetrate the crowded psyches of holiday shoppers to inspire purchasing with a purpose. Ethically sourced, naturally grown, fair-wage and fair-trade, and portions of sales donated, are all practices that benefit an individual, cause or environment.

As you meander through stores and e-commerce sites this December, remember the dual powers your purchases have—to please and to make an impact. Collectively, our choices can provide clean drinking water to whole villages, rehabilitate the Amazon rainforest, provide dinner and clothing to a family in Toledo and eradicate malaria.

It feels good to do good and it’s becoming easier than ever to do it routinely through the yogurt, paper, baking flour and holiday gifts that we buy.

Take the commitment and encourage others to have an impact by visiting iGiveTwice.com and tweeting your decision to give twice this year. 

Recently recommended products on iGiveTwice:

  • Naumes Fruit Gifts donates 1 pound of fresh fruit to a food bank for every pound you purchase.  Now your gifts of Bosc or Comice pears can be enjoyed twice.
     

  • Timbuk2’s (PRODUCT) RED special edition optic print messenger bag. 5% of sales from the product are donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
     

  • ONEHOPE wine donates 50% of profits to AIDS, Autism, Breast Cancer, Troops or the Planet based on the varietal purchased. $250,000 has been given to more than 150 charities.
     

  • Kate Spade Colorblock Mittens are handmade by Bosnia war survivors through a partnership with Women for Women International.
     

  • Kiehl’s KAWS Crème de Corps Ltd. Edt.
    Designed by graffiti artist KAWS, 100% of net profits from the product line benefit pediatric arts non-profit RxART.
     

 

Resources for Gifts that give back:

 

 

The Paul Newman Way to Buy Office Supplies: Give Something Back Office Supplies


Give Something Back
, an office supply company with an unusual business model, won two accolades from Inc. Magazine in the same year; it was billed as one of the country’s fastest growing companies and lampooned as the worst corporate name in America. I spoke with Give Something Back’s Mike Hannigan about a new set of stakeholders, marketplace competition and spaghetti sauce.

Founded in 1991 by Mike Hannigan and Sean Marx, Give Something Back has grown into the West Coast’s largest independent office supplier with corporate offices in three cities and 12,000 clients and 40 distribution centers nationwide. You’re reading about Give Something Back now, not because of the company’s overnight delivery or tremendous selection of recycled products, but because it donates all after-tax profits to nonprofits through a balloting system that involves GSB’s customers and employees. Based on Newman’s Own business model, Give Something Back has donated more than $4 million (80% of its accumulated profits) to nonprofit organizations in the last 17 years.

Why do this?

Both Sean [Marx] and I had a significant amount of experience in the competitive area of office products.  The company we were running was bought by a big multi-national and we had a choice to make. We both felt we could use [the model of Newman’s Own] in a competitive, hard-nosed industry to make a profit, but do it on behalf of a different set of stakeholders. We are essentially a giant bake sale serving the nonprofit community.

[The Newman’s Own] business model was something I confronted as a consumer buying Newman’s Own spaghetti sauce. As a consumer, you choose tastes good and what’s priced right. Here was a product that not only met my needs as a consumer, but met my needs as a citizen and activist. And from a business standpoint, Give Something Back needs to offer the customer exactly what he needs to satisfy his needs. So there’s no sacrifice on the customer’s part to choose us.

More and more research suggests that consumers would prefer to do business with companies that have an identifiable positive impact on their communities. So our business model gives us an additional competitive advantage, which our major competitors like Staples and Office Depot don’t have. But it doesn’t relieve us of the responsibility of serving our customers better than they would be served by Staples or Office Depot.

If we want others to engage in cause capitalism business model, we have to answer the big question, "What’s in it for me?" What are the business benefits of an altruist model?

Give Something Back offers a more rounded approach to work for our employees and customers. More and more people are looking to gives something back to their community and make a difference. When we started in 1991, it was an unusual business plan. Seventeen years later, this is becoming mainstream. 

Every successful business gives their profits away. Eventually the profits go out as dividends or appreciated stock to the owners. The main difference with us is that we give the money away to organizations that are connected to the well being of the community. And it’s not because we want to, it’s because everyone wants to. We have a business model that facilitates what everyone would choose to do in the first place; we just make it easy and free of sacrifice. Eighty to ninety percent of consumers say, “If you can prove it doesn’t cost any more and it benefits my community, I’ll buy from you.”

By choosing us instead of another supplier, our customers have the opportunity to help others. That gives us stickiness with our customers that I think other companies don’t have. We have better customer retention than Staples, for example.

As the social ethic begins to demand more responsibility and transparency on the part of businesses, those business that don’t accommodate this new customer need will suffer a competitive disadvantage.

Stakeholders vs. stockholders

Give Something Back is based on the stakeholder interests of the community, rather than the interests of private or corporate stockholders. Our primary stakeholder is the community, so our goal is to use our business to best benefit the community. We evaluate every decision on whether it advances the community, the environment, the employees and the financial viability of the company.

We see the business as being a facilitator for the creation of wealth and a way to transfer that money back into the community.

How does this explain your decision to spend $250,000 on a solar-paneled roof?

The environment is a central stakeholder of the company. The investment is good for the community and we were able to absorb the costs financially, so we did it.

Alchemy of social entrepreneurship: from $40,000 to $4 million

Back in 1991, Sean and I could have donated the $40,000 [we used to seed] Give Something Back to a charity and it would have been a really nice donation, but it would have ended with the donation. Instead of donating that $40,000, we invested it in a business that has produced more than $4 million dollars in donations and will continue to produce hundreds of millions of dollars more in donations as the business grows into the future.

The leverage that that initial $40,000 has to produce something far, far greater is because of the power of business to create wealth through investment in the marketplace. Business has become a tool to accomplish social goals, and this was not something we saw before 1991.

 

Mike will be speaking at Sustainable Brands 09 in Monterey, California, on June 1.

Don’t Let the Recession Hurt Your Pets

Every day, we read in the news about families losing jobs, homes, and health insurance. Yet the impact of the recession upon the family pet is rarely mentioned—even though domestic animals often suffer most of all.

All over America, people are losing their homes because of financial woes, and often, they’re forced to move into rental homes, motels, or shelters that won’t be so welcoming to their furry companions. Sadly, many people are stuck with the grim choice of living in the streets or giving up their pets—and in most cases, the animals lose out.

According to NPR’s All Things Considered, the number of domestic pets being surrendered to animal shelters has risen dramatically in the past year since the recession began. The shelters, overcrowded even before the financial crisis began, have been stretched to breaking point, and are forced to euthanize millions of loving and healthy dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic pets.

The nonprofit shelter Animal Humane New Mexico reports a 400 percent increase in surrendered pets from 2007 to 2008, and the vast majority of the surrenders are due to financial problems. "In 2007," the executive director, Peggy Weigle, told All Things Considered, "virtually 100 percent of the animals here for our emergency pet sheltering services were brought in by victims of domestic abuse. Since 2008, calls I began to get were about people who have lost homes, apartments. They are living in cars, desperate to put their pets someplace safe."

The story is the same in overburdened animal shelters all across the nation. Fortunately, the Humane Society of the United States has stepped in to provide support by creating the Foreclosure Pets Grant Fund, which distributes funds to shelters and rescue groups to help pay for the care of animals affected by owners’ foreclosures. The organization has also provided a set of tips for owners facing financial problems about how they can best provide for their pets. With luck, the efforts of the HSUS and dedicated shelter workers and volunteers around the country will help to save the lives of millions of pets who would otherwise face certain death.

How you can help: If you care about cats, dogs, and other domestic animals, it’s important to do your part to ensure that every animal has a loving home. Make a donation to the HSUS or to your favorite local shelter or rescue organization to help fund the care and feeding of surrendered pets. And if you’re thinking about bringing home a new pet, bypass the pet shops and breeders and find a new best friend from an animal shelter on Petfinder.com.

Five Nonprofits that Provide Free and Low-Cost Health Care Help

Since he began running for election, health care reform has been one of the primary components of President Barack Obama’s platform—and his recent speech demonstrated that, despite our slumping economy, providing affordable health insurance to all Americans was still an essential part of his mission. He vowed that by the end of this year, he would sign a bill that would fix the U.S. health insurance system.

It’s tough to dispute that the system is broken: today, more than 48 million Americans today have no health insurance, and millions more rely on inadequate coverage, such as the “swiss cheese” plans offered by groups like MEGA Life and Health Insurance, which provide coverage so limited that policy-holders can still rack up millions of dollars in debt if a medical catastrophe should occur. As the recession worsens, many employers are cutting back on health insurance coverage for their workers, or cancelling it altogether, putting workers in a dangerous position: the staggering cost of medical treatment causes a bankruptcy every 30 seconds, according to The Economist. The need for health care reform has never been so urgent.

President Obama has promised to make health insurance available and affordable to everyone in the country by introducing a public health care alternative—but he has many battles to face before Americans will see his vision come to life. So what can the struggling Americans with no or minimal insurance do until then?

Here are some nonprofits that can help the people who need it most—whether it’s a struggling family in Alabama, your neighbor across the street, or maybe even you.

Patient Services, Inc. provides aid to uninsured and underinsured patients with any one of more than a dozen chronic medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis, primary immune deficiency, HIV/AIDS, and asthma. The organization offers a range of premium assistance programs as an alternative to high-cost private health insurance providers; subsidizes the cost of traditional health care premiums for patients who cannot afford to pay; and serves as an advocate to promote cheaper and more effective health care alternatives in the federal government. Your donation to PSI could mean the difference between life and death for someone in urgent need of care.

Children’s Health Fund was founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician Irwin Redlener, MD, with the goal of making sure that all children in America have access to comprehensive health care. The program began with a focus on one of the most underserved groups of children—homeless youth in New York City—but has since expanded nationwide to provide health care services to impoverished children in urban and rural areas. The organization partners with academic medical centers to provide care to children whose families cannot afford traditional health coverage, providing ongoing care to children, whether they are sick or healthy. CHF has provided medical care to more than 300,000 children across the country since the organization’s establishment—a donation will help them to ensure that even more impoverished children get the best chance at a healthy start in life.

For patients with rare diseases or disorders, help isn’t always easy to find. Some patients must see specialists thousands of miles away for treatment, and cannot afford to cover the costs of a medical airlift. Fortunately, Mercy Medical Airlift exists to provide free air transportation in specialized medical helicopters to patients in urgent need of care in a distant location. Since the group’s founding in 1972, Mercy Medical Airlift has provided air transportation to more than 9,900 patients, helping those without the financial means to travel to specialists. To contribute to their cause, you can either donate your own US Airways frequent flyer miles, or make a financial contribution through Razoo.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women: each year, nearly 200,000 women in America will be diagnosed with the disease. But, because so many women lack adequate insurance, many more cases will not be detected early enough to treat, leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths. Houston, Texas-based nonprofit health clinic The Rose is working to ensure that all women have access to breast cancer screening and treatment, regardless of their ability to pay. Since 1987, the organization has provided comprehensive breast cancer screening-related health services for area women. The organization accepts health insurance for those who are covered, but provides care free of charge for those unable to pay for service. Each year, The Rose provides care to more than 50,000 women who often travel interstate to take advantage of the organization’s services—a donation to the group will help pay for more screening services, ensuring that more women will have a shot at beating the horrible disease.

For 22 years, INMED Partnerships for Children has provided essential health services to mothers and children, both within impoverished urban communities in the United States and globally, in Brazil, Peru, South Africa, and the Caribbean. The organization provides educational campaigns for parents and local health care providers; provides children with free immunizations and disease prevention education; and engages children in community education programs including mentorship for at-risk youth, gang violence prevention, music education, and gardening. Everywhere the organization works, INMED is focused on providing the best possible start for children who would not normally have access to health services or community programs, and their results have been striking. One of their many successes is the Healthy Futures South Africa program, which has provided more than 10,000 schoolchildren in South Africa with a vegetable garden and educational courses in gardening and basic nutrition. As a result of the children’s improved health, absenteeism at the participating schools is down by 15 percent. If you’d like to help impoverished children in the United States and throughout the world gain access to preventative health services and other educational programs that will keep them healthy for years to come, make a donation to INMED Partnerships for Children.

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Razoo Giving Guide: AIDS

Do you believe the AIDS crisis of the 1980s has finally abated?

Think again.

HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest pandemics of our time. Around the globe, more than 33.2 million people are infected with the HIV virus—and in the impoverished villages of sub-Saharan Africa, it’s rare to find a family that hasn’t been broken apart by the fatal disease: On the continent, over 22 million people—more than the entire population of Australia—are living with AIDS. More than 2 million Africans die of AIDS each year, leaving 11 million children bereft of parents.

Even in the United States, AIDS is far from a dead issue. In Washington D.C.—the nation’s capital—one in every 20 people is infected with the HIV virus. The victims are not, of course, the Senators and House Representatives who run the country, but the destitute and homeless, who have no voice in society and few places to turn for help.

Fortunately, many nonprofit organizations are working tirelessly to curb this fatal epidemic by funding prevention education, medical treatment, support for AIDS patients, and research for a cure. Here are some of the most successful and innovative organizations working to end AIDS’ worldwide devastation.

 

For all the millions of people who know they have AIDS, millions more aren’t even aware they’re carrying the deadly virus. Not only are they not receiving proper health care—they could be unknowingly infecting dozens, or even hundreds of others, through unsafe sex or needle-sharing practices.

Luckily, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is working to solve this crisis, with a new initiative to provide one billion HIV exams each year to quickly identify patients suffering from the disease, treat them, and prevent them from passing it on to others.

This Los Angeles-based group is America’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS treatment around the globe, providing aid to more than 70,000 people in 22 countries. Along with their aggressive screening policies, AHF also operates 14 healthcare centers, 11 pharmacies, and 17 charitable thrift shops in the United States, and offers medical treatment to AIDS patients in many developing nations. A donation to AHF can help the organization pay for retroviral therapy for AIDS patients all over the world, and to help stop the spread of HIV.

In 1981, a young mother named Elizabeth Glaser needed a blood transfusion while in labor with her daughter, Ariel. Tragically, she later discovered that the blood was infected with the HIV virus, and learned that she had contracted the disease and passed it on to her infant daughter through breast-feeding. Her son, Jake, was born several years later, already carrying the HIV virus.

With no treatment options available for children at the time, Ariel grew progressively sicker, and passed away in 1988. Though Elizabeth herself was very ill, she took her daughter’s death as a call to arms, and co-founded the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to provide support and treatment options to children with AIDS, and to eventually eradicate pediatric AIDS.

Elizabeth spoke out about her illness and served as the organization’s spokeswoman until her death in 1994, but the organization has continued to grow even in her absence: the group now provides outreach to over 5.2 million women around the world, helping them avoid transmitting the HIV virus to their children. The group also provides treatment and support services to more than 412,000 children and adults with the AIDS virus.

Today, thanks to Elizabeth Glaser’s outreach efforts, children with AIDS have access to state-of-the-art medical treatment, and the Foundation has successfully lobbied for millions of government dollars to fund pediatric AIDS research. Your donation can support this brave mother’s lasting legacy.

 

EJAF

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Many celebrities have raised their voices in support of people with AIDS, but few have gone to the lengths of British music legend Sir Elton John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) in 1992. Sir Elton takes his role with the organization very seriously, and serves as EJAF’s primary fundraiser and spokesperson, meeting with donors, testifying before Congress on AIDS-related issues, giving public speeches, and hosting annual fundraisers such as the Smash Hits charity tennis tournament, an Academy Awards viewing party, and numerous benefit concerts.

His star power has helped EJAF to raise more than $150 million, which the organization uses to provide grants to small organizations involved with unique HIV prevention and treatment programs, and to support groups that are working to abolish AIDS-related discrimination in society, both within the United States and in 55 other countries. As one of America’s most cost-effective charities, EJAF has been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for four years running—when it comes to beating the HIV virus, a contribution to the group is sure to go far.

 

IAVI

It’s essential to provide treatment and support to people with HIV and AIDS—but we’d all love to see a day when we didn’t have to. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is working towards that time by providing research funding for more than 40 international organizations working to create an effective HIV vaccine. And they may not be so far from a cure: IAVI is currently involved with over 30 clinical trials for potential AIDS vaccines. The organization also serves as a powerful advocate for AIDS research, promoting awareness of the disease and its potential cures to global leaders at the G8 Summit, the United Nations general assembly, and other influential conferences.

A functional AIDS vaccine could dramatically reduce the number of new AIDS cases throughout the world, and increase the average lifespan in many developing nations. If you’re longing to see a world without AIDS, making a contribution to IAVI is your best shot at defeating the disease, once and for all.

Fighting AIDS is an important cause, to be sure—but most people wouldn’t call it fun. YouthAIDS, a nonprofit initiative run by Population Services International, is working to change that, with events like the “Power of Shopping” Day, in which retail shops donate a portion of proceeds to YouthAIDS; and the “Power of Music” Gala, featuring celebrity stars like Ashley Judd and musical guests like John Mellencamp speaking out about the HIV/AIDS crisis, along with a silent auction benefiting YouthAIDS.

By creating media-savvy partnerships with celebrities and corporate sponsors, such as the “Hear No Evil” ALDO Shoes AIDS-awareness campaign, which featured celebrity-filled ads and reached more than one billion people worldwide, YouthAIDS is able to bring AIDS education and health services to the masses. The group provides AIDS education, testing, and health services to people in more than 60 countries, and a single $10 contribution can help the organization provide a young person with a year’s worth of health education, products, and services to keep him HIV-free.

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