Friday, April 23, 2010

Summer Stars and the Pepsi Refresh Project

Have you heard about the Pepsi Refresh Project? Giving people a chance to help change the world, Pepsi encouraged anyone and everyone to submit their ideas for various categories (such as health & fitness, education and the planet) and have the public vote for their favorites to help make them a reality. The ideas with the most votes will receive a Pepsi Refresh grant to help make them happen, which would benefit communities all over the nation.

The voting for this month's ideas ends April 30, so there is still time to head over and do your part to help fund some of the wonderful dreams that are in the competition, particularly those to send 250 underprivileged kids to the nation's leading performing arts camp, Summer Stars.

One of the largest non-profit summer programs in the country, Summer Stars works each year to send hundreds of urban youth to a free, ten-day performing arts and music education excursion. The program, which is completely free to campers, relies entirely on donations for funding and would be helped out greatly by winning a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Founded in 1999 as the Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts, and later the American Idol Camp, Summer Stars was renamed in 2006 as the leading non-profit summer arts program in the country. Now in their 11th year of bringing art, music and nature to children who need it most, it's the perfect time for all of us to get involved and join their cause.

To learn more about the great program at Summer Stars, visit their website and then go to Refresh Everything every 24 hours to cast a new vote each day! Together with Pepsi, we can help children learn about performance, themselves and to succeed - and that's definitely a good idea.