Portland, Oregon’s School of Doodle has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to remain a free online high school for girls. The project is seeking to raise $75,000 and within a few days, it has reached nearly $50,000 from over 174 backers. Not only has it attracted supporters of the arts, the school has received some backup from a few of the most famous ladies in the world.
Revealing the backstory of the school, the project’s team stated, “The arts are being cut from schools and yet all the research shows that when teens’ creativity and imaginations are fortified, they excel and stay in school longer as well as develop the necessary skills for future success.”
“After extensive research and interviews with teens, teachers, and education reform experts, we believe that a girl’s imagination is a right and not a privilege. And, if we don’t fight to protect it, the next generation (of women and men) will suffer.”
“So we pooled our savings and started to build School of Doodle. But we need YOU to finish it and launch the website. Help us empower the next generation of LOUD WOMEN to excel in all the ways we know possible.”
“And to sweeten the deal, we asked our favorite loud women to make an original doodle that you can own in one form or another.”
- Arianna Huffington
- Courtney Love
- Natasha Lyonne
- Lili Taylor
- Samira Wiley
- Sarah Silverman
- Yoko Ono
With the funding, School of Doodle will create place, through both online school and offline experiences, where girls can express their imagination without judgment or measure. A place where they expect and demand.
School of Doodle’s key elements are the following:
- Free access to lessons and content created by heroes and peers.
- A learning system built upon the School of Doodle concept of Dabble, Dig, Do.
- Rewards in the form of Doodle Dollars earned for engaging with the community through taking, teaching and sharing.
- Access to Real World Experiences, Mentor Lessons and Tools for Imagination Through Doodle Dollars
School of Doodle’s campaign is set to close on the crowdfunding giant on August 23rd.
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