Helping those in need is important to Centerpointe and
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris. For that reason, a portion of
profits are donated to charitable initiatives.
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful youth development organizations. 90% of SEI students overcome significant barriers to success (poverty, family substance abuse, gang involvement, absent parents, low academic achievement, etc.) to become positive, contributing citizens. SEI's motto is "Life has options."
In 2008, for instance, 100% of high school seniors involved in Self Enhancement's after school program graduated from high school in an inner city school district where less than 50% of students typically graduate. This is despite the fact that SEI youth are chosen from the most at-risk children.
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris is a member of the SEI Board, and in 2009 was the recipient of SEI's "Life Has Options" award for his long-standing support (see photo on this page). Past recipients of this award include Nike Founder Phil Knight, U.S. Bank, and the Hedinger Family Foundation. Click here to view SEI pamphlet
To learn more or to donate, visit www.selfenhancement.org
St. Mary's Home for Boys was founded in 1889 as an orphanage for abandoned and wayward children. Today St. Mary's offers residential treatment and services to at-risk, emotionally disturbed and behaviorally delinquent boys between the ages of 10 and 17 (including some of the most abused--and often violent--youth offenders in several Western states). The individualized program provides each boy with a structured regimen to ensure his successful transition to public school, the community, and appropriate living environment.
For more information or to donate, visit www.stmaryshomeforboys.org
Unstoppable Giving Foundation was started by best-selling author Cynthia Kersey (Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women), a good friend of Centerpointe and Centerpointe Director Bill Harris. The main purpose of Unstoppable Giving Foundation is building schools in Uganda, Liberia, and Kenya. Their vision is that every child on the planet deserves access to the life-long gift of education. Centerpointe and Centerpointe program participants collaborated to build a school in Kenya (see picture on this page) in 2008 and 2009.
For more information, or to donate, visit www.unstoppblefoundation.org
Photo Charity raises funds and creates awareness to save and empower homeless youth in San Diego County & beyond.
For more information or to donate, visit www.photocharity.com
Big Mind, Inc. is a non-profit public charity devoted to actively raising the consciousness of the world by sharing and teaching the Big Mind Big Heart method, as developed by Genpo Roshi over his long career as a Zen Master. All funds go to support the programs and services offered by Big Mind, Inc., including live teaching events and programs; free live internet TV broadcasts (viewed by more than 100,000 people each year); scholarships enabling qualified students to participate in Big Mind Big Heart trainings designed to empower them as therapists, counselors, coaches, educators, spiritual teachers; and programs offered to high schools and universities, rehab facilities, the juvenile justice system, homeless food and shelter programs, and prisons.
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris serves on the Big Mind Advisory Board.
For more information or to donate, visit www.bigmind.org
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.
For more information or to donate, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org
World Spark was created in 2002 to apply the experience and skills acquired in developing senior and children’s services in the United States to the needs of children throughout the world. Led by Michael Maslowsky, President of World Spark, a highly respected group of leaders formed World Spark as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. World Spark has since formed World Spark Michoacán, its Mexican affiliate, to operate Niños de Guadalupe, a village for children without families located in Las Trojes, Michoacán.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.worldspark.org/
Virgin Unite was started by billionaire Sir Richard Branson to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Their aim is to help revolutionize the way businesses and the social sector work together – driving business as a force for good. Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of additional donations received, go directly to the frontline where they are needed most. Their work focuses on three areas: 1) Big Ideas: Creating new global leadership models to address conflict, climate change and disease. 2) Entrepreneurial Incubator: Bringing together the business and social sectors to develop entrepreneurial approaches that lead to economic empowerment and healthy communities. 3) Business mobilization and Inspiration: Offering consultancy and practical support to make it simple for businesses to become a force for good.
For more information or to donate, visit www.virginunite.com
Westside Preparatory School is a private inner city school in Chicago, Illinois started by Marva Collins. Ms. Collins and her school were profiled on "60 Minutes" for the remarkable achievements of its student, which included primary grade children doing high school and college-level work.
One article about Marva Collins stated, "Working with students having the worst of backgrounds, those who were working far below grade level, and even those who had been labeled as 'unteachable,' Marva was able to overcome the obstacles. News of third grade students reading at ninth grade level, four-year-olds learning to read in only a few months, outstanding test scores, disappearance of behavioral problems, second-graders studying Shakespeare, and other incredible reports, astounded the public."
Unfortunately, Westside Preparatory School closed in 2008.