BENEFITING: Imagine Scholar Inc
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2011
Let's face it computers are awesome! You know what is even more awesome, allowing our Imagine Scholars access to computers for the first time.
$487 will purchase a brand new computer for the Imagine Academy center. Our goal is to raise enough money for at least the first computer this month (done)! New goal is to raise enough money for 2 computers (wow, also done)!!! Our end goal was to have 5 computers fully set up so we could have online class, could we possibly raise enough for 3 computers in close to a day (done!!!)??? 4 computers? (DONE!!!) I honestly would never have dreamed we would be able to raise enough for an entire computer lab before april let alone, in more or less ONE day! Can we get the 5th computer??? Let's give it a shot! Thank you all so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These computers will be linked to the internet and help connect our rural students to a whole wide world they've been missing out on. It will also allow them to post at least one of their "funny" jokes per week!
Thanks so much!
About Us: Imagine Academy is a 4 year intensive after school creative mentorship and finishing school situated in the rural Nkomazi region of South Africa.
The Imagine Scholar vision focuses on making deep lasting change on the individual level. We believe that the systematic empowerment of local leaders is the most effective long term method of change. Through its primary program, "The Imagine Academy, South Africa", we offer intensive long-term mentorship to a select group of motivated local scholars, beginning in the 9th grade. The focus is on creative education to help fully develop young minds into dynamic 21st century thinkers. The core areas of focus are creativity, critical thinking, social consciousness, and personal accountability. The goal is not for these students merely to "get by" but to help give them the tools to be the difference makers of the next generation.
1)Learning should never be boring!!! The marginalization of children’s inherent passion to learn is one of the great tragedies of our world.
2)That education is the most powerful vehicle of empowerment and sustainable change.
3)Lasting change in a community must come from within.
4)The key to success is mixing a deep organizational passion, with the existing drive of the individuals. If this exchange does not exist, it is charity, not empowerment.
5)Quality not Quantity.
Why it was formed?
Basically this area is pretty tough (HIV prevalence over 40%, Unemployment above 80%, and a University graduation rate hovering around 0). Our goal is really pretty simple though, we just want to expand the creative, imaginative, critical-thinking, abstract-reasoning, lateral-thinking, love-of-learning, willingness-to-dream-bigable faculties of the Imagine Scholars. You know, standard rural African education stuff. To change this area, and this world, you need to facilitate the creation of dynamic creative leaders for the next generation, that’s our goal.
This year we are attempting to collect funds for materials for our exciting creative mind expansion. Due to an outside funder covering all admin costs, every dollar goes directly to students, so don’t hold back :)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out our super cool new website www. ImagineScholar.org