BOULDER - Earth Explorers, a Boulder-based nonprofit, is receiving fundraising help during May from The Omakase Charity, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to help small, technology driven organizations obtain funding.

Earth Explorers is an ideal partner charity for Omakase, because it teaches middle school students how to create digital media, such as photo slideshows, videos and short movies, about local scientists, and it needs money.

So far, Omakase has helped Earth Explorers raise $3,611, and the fundraising effort will continue through the end of May. Next month, Omakase will move on to help its next partner charity, according to Theresa Preston-Werner, founder and chief executive of Omakase. Preston-Werner is a Boulder native residing in San Francisco. Her organization was the first nonprofit to be a participant in TechStars New York, a startup incubator program.

Earth Explorers has been used for logistics, such as inviting videographers, recruiting scientists, setting up a film festival, and other nontechnological material fees, said Carolyn Wiley, Earth Explorers' executive director.

Besides Omakase's fundraising help, Wiley said the organization has applied for grants from the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Longmont Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Denver Foundation, and a couple of small private foundations.

The purpose is to help youths clear the stereotype that only white males can become scientists and equip them with necessary technology and filming skills, Wiley. In order to change the perception of what's possible for them in the science fields, Earth Explorers has invited young scientists, minority scientists and female scientists to the programs.

Currently, Earth Explorers offers three programs to students from Trail Ridge Middle School and Westview Middle School in Longmont.

The Earth Explorers Quest program teaches sixth-graders how to take still photos while watching science experiments and how to make them into a video slideshow.

The Earth Explorers Voyage program teaches seventh-graders how to conduct interviews and produce videos.

The Earth Explorers Expedition program teaches eighth-graders how to make short documentaries. All the programs are considered as elective classes.