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Talk About Curing Autism 

TACA

You are our BE THE CHANGE round 8

$10,000 grant recipient!  

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Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) wants to see all children affected by autism living the fullest life possible and reaching their highest potential. To assist families in improving physical, social and emotional outcomes for their children with autism, TACA provides access to information, resources and support. Our efforts to change the lives children with autism include education and awareness events, as well as family support services.

Autism is a devastating and baffling condition that can cause severe impairment in language, cognition and communication. In many cases, children with autism struggle to ‘fit in’ and their families also feel isolated and alone. To support these children and their families, and to be the change we want to see in the world, TACA hosts several Autism-Friendly Family Events each year. These events provide children affected by autism with a safe and supportive environment that accommodates for their unique sensory needs, and allows them to engage in activities with other children facing similar circumstances. At TACA Family Events, children with autism are celebrated and accepted.

The annual TACA Family Picnic and Volcom Everyone Can Skate event are just two examples of events where children with autism and their families are encouraged to participate in fun, interactive, autism-friendly activities. These events and others touch the lives of  nearly 2,000 children and families living with autism in our community.

 We would like the Sheckler Foundation to help us put on our TACA annual Family Picnic ($5,500), Volcom Everyone Can Skate Day ($500), Sensitive Santa Holiday Event ($1,500) and Fall Festival ($2,500).    

YOU can join the Sheckler Foundation as support TACA!

Creating awareness, creates CHANGE!  

In 2012, we launched our “Be the Change” initiative. This web-based program allows our supporters to nominate the areas where they want to see change occur in the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Then our entire network can vote for the cause they’d not only like to see win, but will support. We love that our supporters now have a voice and a platform that help guide our fundraising and giving. The Sheckler Foundation will come along side the winner giving them a $10,000 grant and help make their plans a reality!

Our goal through "Be the Change" is to create awareness for all 4 finalists by using our global platform to share their story.  The voting and rallying is NOT for the sake of competition.  We could choose a "winner" other ways.  The voting and rallying is intended to create a ground swell of support for each of our 4 finalists, showing what can happen when we activate our community to get involved with causes that matter.      

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Stay tuned to enter BE THE CHANGE round 9!

Date will be announced soon!

The 3 questions often asked to enter BE THE CHANGE:

1. Does the entry have to be an official 501(C)3 Nonprofit? 
NO, it does not. As long as your cause is in line with the Sheckler Foundation mission statement supporting pediatric causes, enrichment programs for at risk youth or injured action sports athletes, and meets all the requirements outlined on our website, you may enter.

2. Can I enter a person/individual? 
YES! If you know of a child with an illness, injury, special needs who needs some help, tell us their story! If you know of a Professional Actions Sports Athlete who has been injured and needs help, tell us their story! Be sure to have a plan, proposed budget and video to tell their story well. Our website has the information and details on what is required.

3. Do I have to have a video? 
YES. A video will help our voters know who they are supporting and why your cause is so important. 

Important NEW GUIDELINES and tips before you submit your entry:

  • All entries must be in line with our mission statement of supporting causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes.  If it is not in line with our mission, it will NOT be chosen as one of the top 4 nominees.
  • You must have a proposed budget that should NOT exceed $10,000.  Entires with a proposed budget is over $10,000 will automatically be disqualified.
  • Be specific about material items that are needed. For example: printing, lumber, food, clothes, etc.
  • Write your entry in the way you would want it to be read by the voters, as if you were chosen.  REMEMBER that we are all hearing about your cause for the first time.  That will help you to be more clear and concise in your delivery.
  • Clearly describe the proposed plan you would like The Sheckler Foundation to help you execute.
  • All entries MUST have a YouTube video link telling your story.  If you do not have a YouTube video, you will not be chosen as a top 4 nominee. 

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