The kids are certainly showing their Valentine’s Day Spirit in all the beautiful decorations around The Covenant House.
Pasquale Chieffalo, a graduate student at Parsons, The New School for Design produces short animated promo for the Do1Thing project. Chieffalo animated the short as well as composed original music for the project. Using Aftereffects software to convey a simple but clear message, Do1Thing to help homeless youth.
A NATIONWIDE CALL TO ACTION www.do1thing.org There are more homeless people today than at any previous time in U.S. history. Right now, more than 1.3 million of them are children. Do1Thing is our call to action to make a difference. We believe that by focusing our efforts on highlighting 1 Cause while asking people to do 1 Thing for that cause, great change will come. More than 30 Pulitzer-prize winning photographers and some of the most recognized names in photography have come together to put a face on teenage homelessness while asking you to put a face on activism and do 1 thing to help. Why focus on teenage homelessness? Three out of every 10 homeless adults admit to a history in foster and with 25,000+ children aging out of the foster care system each year, many will end up experiencing homelessness. The issues surrounding homelessness are gigantic. The solutions offered are endless. But what if everyone did 1 thing on 1 day to help this 1 cause?
PROJECT PARTNERS It is the goal of Do1Thing to not only raise awareness for teenage homelessness, but also to promote and support the work of those non profits who have a long history of providing education, health care, job training and temporary housing to them. Through sustainable projects they are moving children from a life on the streets to permanent housing and a future. We are proud to partner with the following organizations. Covenant House International www.covenanthouse.org The largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth. Stand Up For Kids www.standupforkids.org Their mission is to help homeless and street kids. They do this, every day, in cities across America through volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. All facets of their mission are guided by the mandate that their volunteers tell kids they care about them and then, at every point, prove it. Do1Thing is a project of The Heart Gallery of New Jersey, a unique not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness about foster children available for adoption. Through the volunteer efforts of some of the country’s most prestigious photographers, portraits are taken that help capture the individuality and spirit of each foster child who is eligible to be adopted. www.heartgallerynj.org To view more of Pasquale Chieffalo’s work, visit his website: http://www.pasqualechieffalo.com/
An official launch date has been set for the nationwide rollout of “Do 1 Thing”. February 14th, valentines day is the nationwide launch.
On Febraury 14th, 2009 we’ll be asking tens of thousands of people across America to “Do 1 Thing” to raise awareness for homeless teenagers as well as to take a few minutes in their day to actaully “Do 1 Thing”. We’ll be listing thousands of things people can do. It will take an army to make this day a success but we’re on our way!
1 Thing, 1 Cause, 1 Change
Do 1 Thing is our call to action to make a difference. As photojournalists we’ve spent a lifetime on the sidelines documenting history. Now, it’s our turn to help shape it.
We believe that by focusing our efforts on highlighting 1 Cause while asking people to do 1 Thing for that cause, great change will come.
We lead Do 1 Thing by innovating, inspiring and designing new solutions to highlight critical social problems.
Join us in doing 1 Thing on February 14th, 2009 when we partner with Covenant House to raise awareness for the tens of thousands of homeless teenagers who need our support.