Posted 01/10/2011 - 03:18:23pm by Terry Nagel
We received more than 1,000 nominees for our Launch Pad contest, which reinforces our view that many experienced people out there see ways they can help solve community problems. They just need a little help getting started.
We’re asking you to help us pick the first finalist. With your vote you can:
- Help involve parents in school discipline. Learn more about Fannie’s idea.
- Help support homeless LGBT teens. Learn more about James’s idea.
- Help bring back traditional crafts to create jobs. Learn more about Martha’s idea.
- Help people with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Learn more about Janice’s idea.
The person who gets the most votes will become the first finalist in the Launch Pad contest. You can vote once every 24 hours until the polls close at midnight EST on January 18.
In the meantime, we’re going through the rest of the submissions and picking 24 additional finalists. In just a few weeks, we’ll post pictures and descriptions of all 25 finalists and their ideas, and you'll be able to vote to help choose five winners.
The winners will receive $5,000 each, plus the help and support of the Encore.org community. They’ll get a chance to get their idea off the ground. And we’ll get the chance to applaud their encore.
In the meantime, vote for one of the first four Launch Pad contestants here. Spread the word to your friends on Facebook here.