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“We’re the impossible ones. We want to start revolutions with a pencil and a backpack. We want to test the edge of the world by feeling its curves. We want to see more, be more, do more.” This quote is from the Pencils of Promise Who We Are page and sums up what this organization is all about.

Pencils of Promise was started in 2008 when one child on the streets of India asked for a pencil. In the years since Adam Braun, found of PoP, handed out that first pencil over 20 schools have been created and over 20 projects have been established and started. These projects create schools for children without access to education all over the world.

Justin Bieber is a big supporter of PoP and together have launched a new campaign for everyone out there to make your own fundraiser page to create Schools4All. Whomever raises the most money will get to meet the teen pop sensation along with Pencils of Promise’s founder Adam Braun at the school of their choice.

Fact: “Every 9.5 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV.”

LifeBEAT is a nonprofit organization that used the power of music to educate young people about HIV/AIDs, a virus that will infect someone in the U.S. every 9.5 minutes. The organization provides outreach programs and gives concert-goers HIV/AIDs literature, condoms and information on testing centers and counseling services.

Supporters of LifeBEAT including Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne, Jay-Z, the Dave Matthew’s Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more have enabled LifeBEAT to reach young audiences while doing concert and tour events. This helps LifeBEAT spread the word about how important it is for young people who are sexually active to engage in safe sex practices to prevent the spread of HIV.

Just one of the many programs that LifeBEAT provides is the Heart’s and Voices Program. The Heart’s and Voices Program is an on-going program that has been “bringing the gift of live music to thousands of people at numerous facilities throughout New York City including hospitals, residential facilities and day treatment centers” to those living with HIV/AIDs.

You can help LifeBEAT by making a donation or volunteering your time.

Annie Lennox is the mastermind behind the SING campaign which raises money for HIV/AIDS victims in South Africa. She was inspired by the words and actions of Nelson Mandela who said, “Let us use the universal language of music, to sing out our message around the world.”

In 2007, Annie Lennox and 23 other singers joined their voices together in an effort to raise awareness about the stigma of HIV/AIDs. The song, SING, has become a symbol of unity and empowerment.

When you donate to the SING campaign, your money is used to get people access to the treatments they need, education about HIV and prevention education. Funds also go to the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Programme across South Africa.

During the 2010 Idol Gives Back event, Annie Lennox, wore a shirt that said HIV Positive on the front. She knew this would draw attention and questions. She answered those questions in a youtube video:

To purchase a shirt in support of the SING campaign or to find other ways you can get involved and help raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic visit the link below: