V.O.I.C.E.S (Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment, and Support)
DATE: Thursday, February 24th, 2010
ADMISSION: $5 admission
(additional donations are welcome)
Thursday, February, 24, 2010, highlights the work of Step Up OLPC.
Time for another one of these events designed to raise funds and awareness for grassroots organizations across the globe working to help youth, women and underserved communities through music, arts and culture.
Enjoy an eclectic mix of music, drink and food and network with like-minded people interested in activism, international development and social change. Enjoy DJs spinning global hip hop and international tunes, and then settle in for a multi-media presentation on a cutting edge, grassroots organization. Round out the evening listening to some skilled lyricists and emcees sum up the experience with a hip hop cipher.
Step Up OLPC is a division of Step Up, a 501C(3) non-profit that works with grassroots organizations to develop and facilitate projects for training and community improvement on the two-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, just off the coast of Gabon and Nigeria. In 2009, students at the Sao Joao secondary school in Sao Tome's capital were given 100 durable, energy-efficient laptop computers by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Not knowing how to use the laptops, the school's administrators kept them locked away in an office and out of use until Step Up OLPC was formed to address the school's concerns. Today, 150 students in Sao Joao's sixth grade class take the computers home and back to school everyday to write stories, paint digital pictures, record music and research online.
International Arts & Artists
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