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My Birthday Wish: Help us make $5K = $15K for MEET!

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Zach Leverenz via Crowdrise
November 13, 2014

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BENEFITING: MEET INTERNATIONAL INC

EVENT DATE: Nov 24, 2014

Zach Leverenz

THE STORY:

This summer we all witnessed a dark time in the Middle East. Over 2,000 Palestinians killed, 4,000 rockets shot into Israel… and a growing hopelessness and lack of leadership sapping our resolve. Against all odds, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians broke through barriers to come together to take constructive action.They are the young leaders you see in these pictures.

Together at MEET, they overcame racism, fear and isolation to create technology and entrepreneurship projects designed to positively impact their communities. Now, more than ever, it is time to support their education and collaboration. MIT, Google and more are already on board - join us!

Why I'm asking for your support

I am currently a board member of MEET and served as the CEO for two years from 2010-2012. In the face of the violence and pain that has come to define the region, I witnessed first-hand over and over again how MEET defeats hate with hope and delivers pragmatic, practical solutions for a more peaceful and just future. 

Read my remarks to MEET parents in 2010.

About MEET

Recently mentioned by President Obama as "an example of how innovation is reshaping the Middle East," MEET is an innovative educational program which is bringing together the next generation of Israeli and Palestinian young leaders to take action towards creating positive social and political change in their communities. At MEET, teams of high school students from Israel and Palestine work together in an intensive 3 year education program. They learn to code from MIT instructors, they build real-world projects and products and pitch them to real world entrepreurs.

The campaign: $2 for every $1 you contribute

We have an unique opportnity to turn $5,000 into $15,000 for MEET. Two of our friends and long-time MEET champions have generously agreed to match your gifts 1:1 up to $5,000. Kathleen and I are also going to contribute a total of $5,000. If we all pull this off, we will 2X the individual impact of each gift for MEET. 

The donations will enable critical improvements and growth within MEET’s technology, entrepreneurship and leadership educational programs next year. In 2015, an estimated 250 Palestinians and Israelis and 20 MIT volunteer instructors will participate in our programs in Jerusalem and Nazareth. 

Students are 15-17 years old, and our alumni are in their early to mid 20s; they are half Israeli, half Palestinian and half boys, half girls. The students absolutely love MEET and they work hard to get in - only 7% of all applicants are accepted to MEET, and 75% of alumni stay involved!

Why MEET?

MEET has earned a reputation of integrity, excellence, and pragmaticism from backers like MIT, Google, HP-Indigo and more. They have already built a bi-national network of 380 Palestinian and Israeli future leaders who have launched 50 projects tackling real issues. Projects take on media bias, bi-national tourism, and more. From leadership to staff to students, MEET has equal representation by nationality and gender. See more from President ObamaWIRED, & MIT President Reif.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$15,160

MONEY RAISED
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  • Zach and Kathleen Leverenz

    $5,000

  • Dee Sullivan and Ed Wood

    $150

  • Carl and Suzi Leverenz

    $100

  • tooky & tony

    $100

  • Ben Hecht

    $150

  • Brian Vahaly

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ben & Iris Schlesinger

    $200

  • Cole and Boyd

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Rachel, Will, and Izzy

    $100

  • EWU

    $50

  • Michael & Brigid

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Justin and Heather

    $20

  • Alex Papadopoulos & Veronica Vela

    $100

  • MEET Angel Match

    $5,000

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Yaron & Aleks

    $200

  • Matt & Debra Minoff

    $150

  • Christopher Peabody and Kristen Rogers

    $150

  • Greg and Michelle

    $20

  • Lori & Tom

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Best MEET Basketball Player

    $300

  • Matt and Kate

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $600

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Adam and Nicole Weaver

    $50

  • Brenda Stone and Dan Watson

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $800

  • Michael & Melinda Loberg

    $150

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101% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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The Team: $15,160 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Zach Leverenz

Amount Raised

$15,010

 

100% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Michael & Melinda Loberg

Michael & Melinda Loberg

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $800

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $150

Mini-match for JS 3 years ago

Brenda Stone and Dan Watson

Brenda Stone and Dan Watson

DONATION: $200

Great initiative Z and K!! 3 years ago

Adam and Nicole Weaver

Adam and Nicole Weaver

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $600

Mini-match for Kim, Alex, and "best MEET b-ball player" 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Matt and Kate

Matt and Kate

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Best MEET Basketball Player

Best MEET Basketball Player

DONATION: $300

4 years ago