W.U. SCHOOL - Fall Semester
We need to raise $25,000 in order to receive an additional grant of $25,000 that we have been awarded from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation ( via their Hive Digital Learning Network)
$25,000 (on indiegogo) = $50,000 for our students, teachers, and artists.
“Technological literacy is the 21st century’s landmark educational imperative. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, there will be 123 million jobs available in the technology sector, but only 50 million Americans qualified to fill them. Through programs such as WU School, World Up is working to give students the skills and knowledge to fill those positions.” - Ebenezer Bond, World Up Founder and Executive Director
4 years ago with no money, no celebrities and nothing but a classroom with 15 nervous but eager students, World Up* began its educational programming. Those 15 students came from all over the world, seeking asylum in the United States while enrolling in the New York City public school system. Many of them didn’t speak English and none of them had ever written a rhyme, but what occurred that day was our first glimpse of magic.
Fast forward four years, World Up has now served over hundreds of students of all ages and from various parts of the world. We’ve worked with musicians including Lupe Fiasco, ?uestlove, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, People’s Champs and many more, as well as countless additional artists who have been incredibly generous with their time. We’ve facilitated exchanges on global politics and culture, music, and technology, all with a budget of zero dollars.
This year, all of our hard work, endless favors asked of our friends and loaned spaces for classes led to World UP’s first ever grant of $25,000 from the an initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation’s “Hive Digital Learning Network”. We plan to use this grant to fund WU School, our dream project. WU School is a completely unique technology-driven educational program for high school students that brings Silicon Valley and the South Bronx together to create the future of hip hop.
We began writing drafts of a new curriculum that would become the basis of WU School. The curriculum fuses computer programming, beatmaking, rhymes and basic electronics. We hacked Rock Band drum kits to make beats, brought in guest artists to help our students craft rhymes, and produced a series of tracks (one of which is featured in our fundraising video!).
Today, we’re asking you not only to help us take this project to the next level, but to become a part of it as well. Beginning this fall, World Up is collaborating with the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School to make WU School a reality. But we need a lot of help to get this project off the ground.
In addition to the $25,000 we received from the “Hive Digital Learning Network”, we’re seeking $25,000 to make this groundbreaking project a reality. By the end of the next school year, World Up and our students will have produced
- a brand new WU School app,
- an album full of original tracks created by our students
- a series of international collaborations with artists all over the globe.
The funds will go directly towards the execution of this project and the purchase the materials we need to execute it such as laptop workstations for our students, as well as software and hardware for the students to work with (since many cannot afford this on their own). Additionally, in order to secure top-notch talent in the hip hop and technology worlds, we will use part of the funds to secure participation.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute monetarily please support us by promoting this to others who might support us.
- Please help by posting on FB or Twitter ( use the Indiegogo share tools!)
See right for our full list of rewards, but peep the swag below:
You know that guy... ( the infamous ?uestlove of the world famous Roots)
Nneka performs at Fela Kuti's club, The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria
WHAT PEOPLE SAY:
“World Up’s workshop was an engaging demonstration
of the ways in which hip hop can be used as a tool for
cross-cultural communication. One participant from
Senegal said, “It was exciting to see how hip hop can be
used to educate, for a change.”
Jennifer Eisenberg, U.S. State Department Program
“Our challenging educational realities in this country require a
rethinking of how best to reach our young people. World Up is able
to draw students from diverse backgrounds together and engage
their natural curiosity while exposing them to technology, arts and
collaborative skills not often seen in their classrooms.”
STEFAN WIETZ, DIRECTOR, MICROSOFT BING
"World Up has brought a fun and dynamic educational addition to the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival for the past 4 years and we love and support their ground breaking work. Their commitment to the community and their mission is rare and was evident from the first time we met with them." Wes Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
“World Up showed us that when you merge innovative technologies, passionate teachers with culturally relevant experiences the result is students excited and hungry to learn.”
Yosi Sergant, Principal, Taskforce PR
“FUTURE NOW (NYC Dept. of Ed.) has incredible gratitude for World Up! Thanks for the energy, inspiration, and magic! Way to take these kids to a new dimension of learning and community change through music and technology!”
Danielle DiMare, NYC Department of Education
“World Up has been fantastic to work with... The hip hop artists they work with always bring energy and passion to the workshops they provide. I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in workshops that bridge the arts and social change and I look forward to the next time we are able to collaborate with them.”
Jay Godfrey, United Methodist Seminar Program
"The range of artists World Up brings to our students helps build community within our diverse classrooms through the shared bond of music."
Liz Demchak, International Rescue Committee, Youth Program Education Services
“World Up is an uplifting glimpse into the future of learning. Blending community, creativity and technology, the lessons taught are invaluable in the classroom of life – inspiration and imagination.”
Aya Zook, REDU, Bing
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
( World Up is a fiscally sponsorship project of Fractured Atlas)
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