After publishing my book, The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love, I had so many options as to what direction I might take this project. The variety of stories in the book cover a wide range of human experiences. After a great deal of thought and exploration, my heart always came back to working with kids. I have a love and passion for children. So I set out to see if writing their Imagine… story would be beneficial to our youth.
A friend of mine who teaches 8th grade had his class of 30 kids write their story using the Imagine format. As I sat and read the stories I was blown away by their thoughts, fears and need to speak from their heart. From there I began reaching out to every teacher and youth connected friend I know. Every time I walk away from a classroom/school, I tell myself, “I can’t ignore this, our kids need a voice.” Hence, the Imagine Journal was formulated with a simple 6-step process. There is a journal specific for kids, teens and adults.
During this process I met a wonderful woman named Marie Woolf. She gently came to me with the idea that the imagine project should become a nonprofit and she would help me with the business/administrative side–an area I needed help with. Within a matter of weeks the contracts were signed, the nonprofit entity was established and a great team came together!
The nonprofit is based in the idea that we will use outside resources/funds to bring The Imagine Project into schools and other youth organizations at no expense to the school or child. Every child will be given a journal to keep. The project is blossoming quickly and the stories of our children are truly amazing. The Mission of The Imagine Project is give kids a voice to bring positive change into their lives, and those of future generations. One girl, one boy, one school at a time.
Our mission is to give kids a voice to bring positive change into their lives, and those of future generations. One girl, one boy, one school at a time.
For more information about The Imagine Project please visit www.theimagineproject.org. And please bring the project into your school or organization!
Thank you, Dianne