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Project Pay It Forward Community Event

The Project Pay It Forward film screening event in Manhattan brought together nonprofit leaders, local representatives and educators to support youth paying it forward and raise awareness of several nonprofit causes and community programs making a positive impact in New York City.

Lucia Kaiser and Amy Mintz at Project Pay It Forward Event

Student Body of America Association awarded Lucia Kaiser as Honorary Ambassador of Project Pay It Forward in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and commitment to nonprofit causes and creating positive change.

Project Pay It Forward Grant for Students

We are very pleased to have given a $500 grant to the Green Team students of Millennium High School, the environmental after-school club that sparked an urban farming movement with The Battery Conservancy, to support and empower their youth-led initiatives to pay it forward.

This Project Pay It Forward Community Event was open to the public at no cost, and featured several distinguished Guest Speakers.

Helping the Youth Pay It Forward

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We are very honored that Stephen G. Post, PhD, has strongly endorsed Project Pay It Forward . In addition to being Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Stephen Post is Founder of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.

Information about our Project Pay It Forward program was shared in the October newsletter of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.

Dr. Stephen Post

Student Body of America Association interviewed leading experts in the field of altruism and philanthropy for this media production. Dr. Stephen Post’s commentary provided invaluable insights for the Project Pay It Forward documentary film, which illustrates with real stories the scientific evidence that proves paying it forward can and does work to change the world, and yourself.

Read our article about Project Pay It Forward in The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love October newsletter here.

The Many Faces of the Student Loan Crisis

Special to Philanthropy Journal

In late 2011, student loan debt reached a catastrophic $1 trillion in America and continued to rise, as did countless headlines broadcasting the latest depressing milestones and Congressional actions (or lack thereof). These articles never fail to grab attention with alarming statistics that announce the average debt amounts, number of delinquencies and percentage of Generation Y unemployed and living at home as they struggle to make student loan payments.

But beyond the copious amounts of data gathered by government and crunched by organizations, there has been a very personal approach to this topic, showing the human faces behind the statistics. Many student loan borrowers want to share their stories and publish personal narratives in online newspapers and blogs. Unlike the people who quietly left their homes during the foreclosure crisis, many people with student debt want to be heard. Of course, these are very different scenarios. People can walk away from their homes. They can’t walk away from student loans, though, not even in bankruptcy.

Student Body of America Association (SBAA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, produced a documentary film about this country’s challenges with the high cost of college education and student loan debt that escalated to devastating heights after the recession ravaged the job market. Titled The Fallen American Dream, the documentary focuses on the perspective of student loan borrowers whose lives are so affected by this debt that the promise of the American Dream is called into question by a generation.

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