I started a chapter of Amnesty International at my high school last year. Our first fundraiser raised over $2500, and extended throughout the holiday season of 2006-2007. I wrote a letter that was distributed to my entire school, both faculty and students, asking for donations in lieu of a gift, in such a time of generosity and prosperity. We earmarked the funds for Darfur, and researched organizations that were most effective in their budgeting and utilization of money; we donated to CARE, Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF. This year, in addition to that fundraiser, I initiated a project called Jamnesty. This was a benefit concert designed to raise awareness of the situation in Sudan, as well as raise money for aid. It was held at my school, and six local bands collaborated for a three-hour concert. There was a $5 cover charge for entrance fees, and donated food was sold as well. We raised almost exactly $1000, and it was a huge success. A lot of people were involved in planning it, carrying it out, and impacted by the informational posters we made. I also opened the event with a speech describing the crisis in Darfur, emphasizing ways in which students could get involved on their own. Although I am leaving for college, I hope that Jamnesty will continue as an annual event at my high school, and continue to raise both money and awareness.