We’ve got yet another great Canadian Kickstarter project for you! INKspire is aiming to set up an online community / forum for youth to address the MANY issues we all face in today’s modern society.
We live in a society that has the most communication avenues we have ever dreamed of, and yet many of our youth don’t have a voice (or are afraid to use it). Our students sometimes tend to feel more comfortable sharing their feelings, ideas and art with complete strangers, sometimes leading totally separate lives online… but many of these outlets have little to no guidance or structure.
As a youth this is something that I dealt with almost every day. I didn’t feel like talking to my parents or family members, but I did need to talk. I came across a hip-hop based message board and before long I was one of the main contributors. I was sharing my ideas on topics I didn’t even know I had opinions on, and I was being exposed to thoughts and ideas from around the world. I still talk to a couple of the people I met on this site, over 15 years later! Looking back on this I realize that there was no real structure to the discussions, and at many times they moved from great topics to out of control name calling. We never had goals for our discussions, or even the push to put together well written essays or stories to address the issues. I loved the community though, but I remember always thinking that it could be so much better. That is where INKspire comes in!
INKspire will be aimed at doing just what I had wanted to do when I was the age of many of my students. It will provide a forum for youth to express their opinions and share their ideas with students from all over the world, using whatever method they feel most comfortable with. Peer feedback is an amazing tool, and opening that option up to peers from around the country, and world, can bring a lot more depth to all of the very real discussions that our youth should be having.
I thought this project was so great that I reached out to the team behind it, here is what they had to say:
INKspire is a non-profit organization aiming to empower and engage youths across the world through its online publishing platform. We want to encourage aspiring young writers, journalists, and artists to submit works in the realms of arts, social issues, and science & innovations. We will be presenting youth with a different topic every month to broaden their mindset on the world around them.
INKspire wants to revolutionize how online media and journalism works by opening up this platform to the youth community. Contributors would be able to work together with our editors in writing engaging pieces that aim to inspire the next generation of writers and journalists. At INKspire, we strive to move the stories and ideas in our platform forward by partnering up with local and national organizations as well as leaders in the community.
What have we done so far?
In order to raise funds, we launched a Kickstarter campaign on January 17, 2016, and already have [over 100] backers, reaching 60% of our goal! We’ve also been featured by Kickstarter as a “Project We Love,” which means that we are one of the few projects hand-picked by Kickstarter staff(some numbers: we are part of the 249 projects that are being featured by Kickstarter out of 4506 live projects!). Please find our Kickstarter here:
Once we reach our Kickstarter goal, we will be launching our website in April 2016. We’ll also kick off INKspire with Mental Health as our launch topic and to help with marketing and content, we have an official partnership with the National Youth Advisory Committee of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
I truly hope you’d like to join us in making INKspire a reality! You could help by pledging to our Kickstarter campaign and/or sharing our campaign.
Thank you for your consideration!
I am VERY excited to see how this project goes! The INKspire team is ready and willing to take this platform as far as they can, but, like any project, some help is needed. I’ve joined the 100+ backers on Kickstarter and hope to see this project reach the $10 000 goal.
If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll ask the INKspire team ASAP (or, of course, you can ask them on Kickstarter).