Jan 032023

In 2010, youth homelessness in Rock County was a problem that few in the public knew about or acknowledged. Then director R.E. Burgos created Sixteen Forty-Nine, a moving and astonishing documentary film about the struggles of homeless teens in Rock County. The film was shown at the Beloit International Film Festival and later won the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth media award for 2010. The film created awareness of this local issue and led to the formation of the Project 16:49 organization.

Now, for the first time, the original film is available to be viewed on YouTube:

Dec 152022

The return of the Lip Sync Battle is generating quite a buzz! Already, TWELVE teams from Beloit and Janesville have signed up to perform at our big event on Saturday, March 4th at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. There is limited room for more teams. Will YOUR group be one of them?

Want to get in on the fun by being an event sponsor? Email jim@project1649.org to find out how.

This year’s Lip Sync Battle promises to be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are on sale now at the JPAC box office or online.


Nov 212022

Mark your calendar and gather your friends for the Ninth Annual Santa Pub Crawl in downtown Janesville, benefiting Project 16:49 and Rock County Cancer Coalition. Your $10 admission includes a Santa hat and stamp card to enter to win awesome prizes.

Sign up / start at any participating location:

* Wiggy’s Saloon
* Rock County Brewing Company
* drafthouse
* Looking Glass
* Genisa Wine Bar
* Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill
* Riley’s Sports Bar & Grill
* O’Riley & Conway’s Irish Pub

Drink specials and raffles, including the annual Christmas Cash 50/50 raffle.

Sponsored by Big Radio.
All proceeds are donated to Project 16:49 and Rock County Cancer Coalition.
Nov 092022

Just in time for the holidays…Crafting for a Cause. Find unique gifts made by local artisans and crafters, or pick up something special for your own home. Many fabulous raffle items, as well. Event proceeds to benefit our homeless youth.

Suggested admission: $10 or a $10 fast food gift card.

Additional gift card donations are welcome. Project 16:49 includes them in our holiday / winter break gift bags for homeless high school students. Last year, 155 youth received 2 – $10 food cards and a $25 grocery card.


Nov 092022

Eat pizza and support Project 16:49!
Have 15% of your purchase benefit our unaccompanied homeless youth when you order takeout or delivery from Papa Johns.
Here’s how:
Phone & Online Orders
Call (608) 758-7272 and mention you are supporting Project 16:49 before placing your order.
Order online at papajohns.com, and use Promo Code: PJFUND15.
Note: Orders from third-party delivery apps do not qualify for this fundraiser.
Storefront / Walk-in Orders
Visit the Papa Johns location at 401 N Parker Drive, Janesville, and mention that you are supporting Project 16:49 before placing your order.
Invite – and share this event – with your family and friends!