Hello everyone. I'm Victoria Pannell and I'm 17 years of age. For years I have proudly worked with other organizations and now have come to realize it is time to officially step out on my own. Talking at young people is not going to be enough in stopping the violence that's plaguing our neighborhoods. Poverty and lack of a proper education are stumbling blocks that's holding back so many children. We can not tell young people to have hope when all they see is bleakness in their future. They need tools to have a better future. They need state IDs, passports, bank accounts, jobs and financial literacy. They need to learn to use social media as an effective networking tool. They need to know that money for college will be there for them. They need an organization that will supply the necessities to help achieve their goals. This is where Tools For Change comes in. For the last two years I have been thinking about starting a non profit that will help supply the necessary tools to help eradicate social and economical disadvantages and generational poverty. The time to start this foundation is now. Although I hate asking for help, I need help to get the foundation started and that is why I'm turning to crowdfunding. There are so many people and organizations asking for money that you may wonder what makes me different. Let my record speak for itself. For the past 12 years, my mom and I have given out over 500 bags of groceries per year. We volunteer and send supplies and food all over the country during natural disasters. We recently opened savings accounts for ten young people with an initial deposit of one hundred dollars each. We have exposed young people to Broadway, concerts and sporting events. I have helped children and adults get their state IDs from assisting with the paperwork to speeding up the process at DMV. We just started a stock club where young people will learn about investments and financial literacy. We have done so much but we could do even more with a non profit. Please help me get Tools For Change started. The money will be used to start the foundation and fund some of the programs already in place. With or without a donation, I appreciate you taking the time to read about my vision. Thank you. Victoria Pannell.
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