The first round of recipients have been announced in the heavily promoted ground-breaking initiative called the Pepsi Refresh Project. Collectively, $1.3 million will be awarded to 32 winning ideas that were voted on by the online community. The goal of the initiative is to fund good ideas, big and small, that help refresh the world. Winning ideas ranged from improving the energy efficiency of school buses to promoting financial literacy among high school students. Winners submitted their visions in one of six categories, health, arts and culture, food and shelter, the planet, neighborhoods and education. The initiative kicked off in January and invited individuals and organizations to submit beneficial, achievable, constructive and "shovel-ready" ideas that would make a positive impact on communities. From February 1 through February 28, Americans voted for their favorite ideas at www.refresheverything.com. In total, the Pepsi Refresh Project awarded two $250,000, ten $50,000, ten $25,000 and ten $5,000 grants.
Atlanta's own, Economic Empowerment Initiative was one of the fortunate winners in the education category. Their mission is to provide financial literacy seminars for high school and college students.
This year, the Pepsi Refresh Project will give away more than $20 million to refresh the world, one idea at a time. Each month, Pepsi will award up to $1.3 million in grants to the ideas with the most votes. Pepsi partnered with GOOD, Global Giving and Do Something to launch the initiative. To learn more, visit www.refresheverything.com, on their Facebook page, @Pepsi and the hashtag, #pepsirefresh on Twitter. And to keep up with the Economic Empowerment Initiative, visit their Facebook.
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