The elevator pitch:
Hi. We're CareerVillage.org, a nonprofit foundation based in Boston, MA. We are leading the fight to help America's high school students discover new possibilities for their future. We do it by helping working professionals give career advice directly to students online. You can think of it as crowd-sourcing career advice. This year we want to serve 25 new high schools in low-income communities, and we need your help.
We need to raise $25,000 to serve the 25 new high schools. So we're turning to our strongest supporters to ask for contributions. In exchange, we'll show you the impact your contribution has, recognize you in some fun ways (even write a letter to your mom on your behalf), and more. Back our campaign to help us inspire the next generation. Thanks!
Why crowd-source career advice?
Students need help exploring careers. We can't let them fend for themselves, and their educators can't possible know everything about every job. When we invite everyone to play a role (the crowd!), we can help students get more advice on more careers, faster.
CareerVillage.org makes that possible. It's a website where students ask career questions that the crowd can answer. It's easy to use and easy to sign up for. And unlike other wyas of getting involved in education, there are no multi-year personal committments to make. Volunteer when you want, where you want.
Hundreds of volunteers have already started giving advice to students.
What kind of questions do students ask?
Boy, is there a *lot* of variety! Here's a little taste:
- How do I know if I have what it takes to be a programmer?
- What are some ways I can be better at speaking confidently?
- Do you really use math in your job?
- Is being a level 3 Neonatal Nurse emotionally draining?
If you'd like to check out more questions from students, see what the first 500 students asked by going to www.careervillage.org/home/ to view the most recent questions.
So, what kind of help are you looking for?
Our goal is to raise enough money to fund the program in 25 schools -- allowing us to provide unlimited career advice to every student in each school. CareerVillage is already working in schools throughout low-income communities in New York, New Haven, Boston, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Now we want to expand our program to serve 25 new high schools in the second half of this academic year, and we need financial support to pay for:
Training the guidance counselors. We help each guidance counselor learn how to use CareerVillage, how to use our classroom materials (see below), and get stats on their students' progress learning about possible futures.
Classroom materials. We've created some really fun worksheets, lesson plans, and homework exercises all around discovering careers. Your support will pay for printing and mailing classroom materials to schools in need, as well as customizing and expanding the range of CareerVillage classroom materials.
Site visits. We need to visit a few of the schools to watch the students use the platform, and interview the students to understand how we can improve the website. That drives our R&D efforts, which ensures that the students are getting a consistent and exciting experience every time they log on.
Recruiting professionals in rare career fields. When students ask questions about careers that are less common, we want to make sure there's someone there to help them. That's why we go to extra lengths to attract volunteers in rarer career fields. We do that by going to conferences, placing ads, sending letters, and having our staff cold-call everyone from MLB Baseball teams to NASA!
Community moderation. Our staff moderates the community and ensures that every question gets answered and every student and professional has a good experience.
Tell us about the 25 schools!
The 25 high schools we're looking to serve are in low-income communities and are full of students with big dreams, who need all the help they can get. Schools like:
Achievement First Brooklyn High School - With almost 3/4 of students at this high school qualifying for free or reduced lunch, you might expect it's student body to be underpeforming. That couldn't be further from the truth. These kids sport a 98% daily attendance rate, huge school spirit, and a culture where it's cool to be smart (yes, really). Just one of the 25 amazing high schools we connect you with on CareerVillage.org.
Kids with big dreams. Let's make them come true.
Teachers who care. Let's give them some backup.
A school where it's cool to be smart? Let's show them that it's cool at work too.
The perks of being a backer:
The only thing we love as much as changing lives is celebrating the people who change lives! For this campaign, we've got a few awesome perks planned for you. Here are some of our favorites:
- You get to pick a school. For $1,000 you get to pick a school off our list of 25 high schools. For $2,500 you sponsor two schools on our list AND you get to pick ANY other high school in America and we'll go there too.
- A custom supporter badge on your CareerVillage.org profile. We'll dress up your profile page on CareerVillage.org with a special design showing that you're a supporter of the village!
- Letter to Mom. Our backers care aboue making the world a better place, and we want the whole world to know. So get ready for us to write a hand-written letter to your mom. Or boss. Or date. Basically anyone you like. If you want, we'll even send a letter to the president just to let him know what a stand-up guy / gal you are.
- More! Check out the other perks for each of the levels on the right side of this Indiegogo page.
Ask your questions on our Facebook page, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The quickest way to help is to donate to the campaign - any amount is greatly appreciated and will ensure we're able to reach as many students as we can.
2. Share this Indiegogo campaign with people you know -- your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, mentors, dog-walkers, etc. The more the merrier!
3. Sign up today at www.CareerVillage.org and meet our students! Answer some questions about your career, and invite your friends and colleagues to join you on the site as well.
4. Find a student that you think would be interested in learning more about their interests and career ideas, and help them ask their question on www.CareerVillage.org.
5. Follow us! We want to hear about your experiences, get your ideas and engage with you. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on what we're up to.
We received early grass roots support as well as challenge grants paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JP Morgan Chase.
All donations to this campaign are tax deductible!