SalaamGarageNYC Kickstarter: Only 52 hours left

SalaamGarage’s NYC chapter of SalaamGarageLocal is crowdfunding on Kickstarter for the humanitarian media project Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-out of Foster Care Project.  We must raise the entire goal amount of $13,460 or we get nothing.  We are 82% of the way there thanks to 186 backers as I write this post.

Please visit the Kickstarter page and donate.  Even $5 makes a difference, $1 is also possible, but we welcome a sponsor at the $1000 level who will be rewarded with a copy of the book and with their name on the wall of the exhibition for 2.5 months of its run.  If you can’t donate please share in your social networks, “likes” and shares go a long way to reaching the people who can help us reach our goals and help future generations of youth in the foster care system.

This year, approximately 1,000 youth will age out of the foster care system in NYC alone. Nationally, 1 in 5 will become homeless; 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within two years of aging-out; about 50 percent of young women will become pregnant within 1 year; and only half of all foster youth will graduate high school.*

The SalaamGarageNYC Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign ends in 52 hours (Wednesday June 13th) Please Support this important project.

The SalaamGarageNYC team has been working around the clock to complete the Aging-Out of Foster Care in NY Project and raise the pledges to make the project possible.  This project tells the stories of 15 youth who recently aged-out of the foster care system in NY. We have produced a book that will ship this week (sneak peek of the cover above) and are mounting an exhibition of the photographs at the Long Island Children’s Museum starting this Wednesday, the same day the Kickstarter fundraiser ends.

For more about our project and the non-profit org we partnered with, You Gotta Believe in Coney Island, please visit the  About The Aging-Out of Foster Care Project in NY

Here is a sample tweet or profile update you can use:
Everybody Needs Someone, Aging-Out of Foster Care by @salaamgarageNYC. Share, “Like”, or donate now! http://kck.st/JVVx5E
We are on Twitter @SalaamGarageNYC

*Statistics from The Children’s Aid Society 2/28/2005, http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/issues/aging-out-foster-care
  • Tammye Rawls

    Thankyou for allowing my daughter Krista James to be a part of your project. We had a rough struggle being apart. The opening of the exhibit today was wonderful. Krista along with the other participants that attended were welcomed with a lot of love.
    I know Kristas struggle and I am so proud of my daughter and now I know why life happened the way it did. Through this exhibition God has answered our question from so many painful years ago of “WHY”. I thank you. We thank you.

    Proud mother.