New Earth founder, Harry Grammer, wins Fast Pitch competition, featured in the Los Angeles Times.
Charity and conviction come together to bring good ideas to life
November 22, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It lacks the songs and snark of 'American Idol,' but the Fast Pitch competition gives grass-roots do-gooders a chance to polish their performances and make winning pitches for funds.
It was kind of like "American Idol," without the singing and the snarky remarks.
After weeks of coaching and rehearsals, 10 contestants had three minutes each on stage to pitch their dreams to a panel of judges and an audience of 600 high-minded donors.
The contestants included a man who endured sexual abuse, promoting an app to reach out to male victims; a young filmmaker trying to raise money to equip struggling children to share their stories; a former investment banker who wants to create a 51-mile-long public park along the Los Angeles River...
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New Earth creates new worlds for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth. We interrupt the patterns that lead them to becoming the next statistic. This is done through a series of innovative arts and educational-based mentorship and post-release programs that nurture self- expression, stimulate positive growth and promote systemic change. Our programs take our students from correction to introspection to new direction; helping release self-imposed and societal barriers to realize their full potential. New Earth is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.
New Earth is proud to be the winner of Social Venture Partner's 2013 Fast Pitch Competition as well as the recipient of the 2012 Josephine "Scout" Fuller Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR). Additionally, we are the only L.A. non-profit organization to be Teaching Teachnology Common Core Leadership certified by The Los Angeles County Office of Education. To learn more, check out our Awards page.
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