It has been just over two weeks since our last post, and what a two weeks it has been! We have not only managed to complete our Indiegogo fundraiser and reach our final goal, but we also have put together a benefit show for Global Youth Projects at a local gallery which will be going up later this week.
After 50 days of spreading the word about our project through emails, blog posts, Facebook posts, flyers and numerous meetings, we have officially completed our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Thanks to all of the people who were able to donate and those who helped us keep spreading the word around, we were able to make it to our final goal at midnight last Tuesday. Here we would like to take a moment to extend a huge “Thank you” to the folks over at The Big Idea, a Santa Barbara based non-profit, for their support in helping us reach our final goal of $8,500. Amazing things can happen when you reach out to your community!
As the end of the fundraiser was approaching, we had already started brainstorming for our next community outreach project. As a result, we now have a benefit show in the works which will be opening this Thursday as a part of Downtown Santa Barbara’s “First Thursday” event, a monthly art-walk which aims to support and celebrate the community of artists in Santa Barbara through gallery exhibitions and performances.
Oliver & Espig, a jewelry store and art gallery located at 1108 State Street, has offered to be the host to Global Youth Projects’ “First Thursday” benefit show from 5-8pm on Thursday, August 1. The show will include numerous framed works and additional prints by Robb (many of which you can see in the “Photo Reel” section of our blog) as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by Oliver & Epig, and an information/donation table which will be set up to provide interested passersby with information about our project. A portion of proceeds from this event will go directly to Global Youth Projects to help fund future projects!
So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by the gallery! We’d love to see all of you.
-Kellie & Robb
After more than a month and a half of campaigning, our Indiegogo fundraiser for Global Youth Projects: Southeast Asia is now coming up on the final countdown with 9 days left to reach our final goal of $8,500.
Last week, Robb and I announced that we would match any donations that we receive for the rest of the campaign, which has already managed to have a great impact. As of now, we have managed to raise an amazing $6,400 with only $2,100 left to go. There is no way that we would have been able to get this far without all of your help, so once again, a huge thanks goes out to all of you!
With 9 days left to go, we are really relying upon the far reaching impact of “word of mouth”, so once again, tell anyone and everyone you can think of to check out our project and donate!
In addition to all of the fundraising efforts, there have also been a number of exciting developments occurring regarding the project itself, including our having the honor of being featured in an online column by the Santa Barbara Independent a few weeks ago. In preparation for our trip, we have already purchased our plane tickets and are currently in the process of applying for our visas to both Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.
We have also continued to have meetings with a number of local businesses and nonprofits receiving a great amount of advice and enthusiasm for our project and its longterm goals. As we get closer to our departure (which is officially on the 24th of September!) we are continuing to work towards making as many contacts as possible in order to let people know about the work we are doing. So on this note, if any one has any contacts that they believe would have an interest in this work, please do not hesitate to let us know! We love having the opportunity to receive advice, ideas or even the potential for future collaboration.
Thanks again to everyone for your support, we could never have gotten this far without you!
Kellie & Robb
Great news! A few weeks ago Robb and I had the chance to sit down with Aly Comingore, writer for the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper, and lay out all the fine details of our project for an article in the paper’s newest online column “Fund Me SB”. Aly wrote up a great article on our project describing both our current and future plans for Global Youth Projects. You can check it out at the link below!
We have also made it just past our $5,200 mark which means we are officially more than half way to our final goal of $8,500 with 22 days to go! Thanks for everyone’s support. More updates to come!
-Kellie & Robb
As we enter our third week of fundraising, we thought this would be the perfect time to give everyone an update on the progress of our Southeast Asia project!
First of all, we’d like to thank the 45 funders who have helped us to reach 41% of our final goal at $3,500! We are both very thankful for the support and interest that everyone is having in the project and for the advice that we have been receiving.
Over the last two weeks, one of the main concepts that we have been working with and developing involves explaining our project in its most complete, yet simplified form.
And that is: Helping Communities Help Themselves.
This idea comes from the fact that, throughout the development of our entire project the primary, underlying goal we have both had is to find the best way to help empower communities and the work that they are doing locally through photojournalism.
It is this primary focus which has led us down the path of creating a photojournalism-style book that aims to document community based work being carried out around the world in a way that is both beautiful and informative. And it is through this type of book that we will spread the word about the great work being done in the communities we will be working with in Burma and Thailand.
It is our hope that through this type of book, we will not only be able to inform people about the grassroots efforts of communities like those in Burma and Thailand, but that we will also be able to encourage and empower these communities by helping them spread the word about their efforts and gain the support of the global community as a whole.
As of now, we have 5 weeks left in the fundraiser and are continuing to make great steps forward. Let’s keep spreading the word!
-Kellie & Robb
We are now five days in to our project fundraising campaign and cannot express how thankful we are for all of the support and encouragement we have been receiving from everyone. So we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your positive encouragement, donations, and for helping us spread the word!
As of now, we have already made it to $1,500 which is completely amazing and just shows how influential word of mouth can be!
We’ve also made a lot of head way in other areas of our project as well. Our travel plans are slowly coming together and we are nearly ready to purchase our tickets!
Thanks again for your support!
Kellie & Robb
Welcome to Global Youth Projects’ official blog! As the first post, we think it is only appropriate to provide a full explanation and description of what Global Youth Projects is all about and what our plans are regarding our upcoming project in Southeast Asia.
The primary goal of Global Youth Projects is to bring recognition and awareness to grassroots, youth run organizations around the world that are working to provide greater opportunities to all members of their communities. With this as our primary focus, we hope to bring attention to the positive efforts being successfully carried out by young people throughout the world to empower themselves and their communities.
To begin this journey, we have decided to highlight efforts such as these happening in Southeast Asia, specifically in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, where we have numerous contacts who have put us in touch with a successful community based orphanage just outside of Yangoon, the capital city of Burma, that is working to provide greater opportunities to the youth from the surrounding communities. While there, we will compile information about the inner-workings of the orphanage, its history, as well as learn about the lives of the children that we meet there. Once all of this information is gathered and organized, we will then put it all together into a photojournalistic style book which will describe in detail everything that we learned about this organization in order to share it with all of you and tell the world about the inspiring work being carried out in places such as these.
It is our hope to then continue this project on a global scale, traveling to any and all countries where we can get in touch with groups such as these and continue to share their stories. If you know of any groups or people who are involved in such work and think that their story should be told, let us know! We’d love to have the opportunity to check it out. The goal of Global Youth Projects is to shed light on and bring recognition to the efforts of youth working to empower themselves and their communities, and that means everyone, everywhere.
Tomorrow morning we will be activating our project donation website, Indiegogo.com, through which we will have 50 days to raise the funds to complete the entirety of our project. We will provide the link to this page in our next blog update.
Thanks for visiting and thanks for reading. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.
-Kellie and Robb