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Live Your What Mission Statement
Live Your What is a movement dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means. www.liveyourwhat.com
Quote froom a student applicant:
"Ever since I was old enough to talk I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up. I always replied with the answer they wanted to hear...a doctor or a teacher or whatever high paying and respected job I could think of. But never has anyone asked me what I was passionate about. That struck me as surprising. [...] But when I saw the presentation about 'living my what' I realized what I wanted to do. I want to become a writer. The funny thing is my 'what' was staring me right in the face ever since elementary school."
Every $430 covers one student's workshop fees. Group huddle: Ready? LET'S DO THIS!
This is a fundraiser for a scholarship fund I've created called the Live Your What Scholarship for high school students. The scholarship provides a week-long summer writing workshop to students in Brooklyn. I recently spoke at Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School about finding your passion - your "what" - and living it. I talked about challenges I've faced, and how I overcame them. Mostly, I talked about how the key to everything in life is having a passion for something - whether it's writing stories or conducting scientific experiments. Students at Cristo Rey were given the opportunity to apply for the scholarship by writing a 500-word essay about what they're passionate about.
Learn more about my time with the kids and how I came up with Live Your What here.
I will choose a winner, but, ideally, I'd be able to choose more than one (it will be $430 per student and I'm committing to paying one tuition myself - $430 is the base rate for need-based students, as Writopia runs on a sliding scale). The more donors...the more kids get this opportunity! Winners will get to take a week-long writing workshop this summer at Writopia in Brooklyn, choosing which genre they wish to write in. This is a great opportunity for these low-income youth (see below how this opportunity can be extended to even more classes for them).
My husband teaches at this school and has told me time and again how writing is the thing these kids struggle with the most. If you don't know about this amazing school, I hope you check out their website. Despite the challenges these teens face, they all have internships throughout the city, while going to school. The school has a 100% (YES - 100%) college acceptance rate. For this population, this is UNHEARD OF. (For ANY population!!). These kids are amazing and deserve opportunities like this - let's help them make their dreams come true and give them something awesome to put on their college applications.
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This is a great organization that is dedicated to providing opportunities for low-income youth. They told me that once these kids are in the Writopia system, they have the chance to take more and more classes for free because there are internal scholarships provided by generous donors. So, if you help get them in, you're not just providing one summer workshop: you're giving these students the opportunity to have years of writing classes - most likely for FREE. Amazing, right?
More on Live Your What
Live Your What isn't just a scholarship fund. It's a call to arms, a lifestyle, a philosopy. It's an every day practice. Find out more on the Live Your What website and become an Ambassador of What.