Attention!! Pencils of Promise (PoP) is looking for Millennials like you to conquer the Impossible! Introducing their latest campaign, “The Impossible Ones,” launched only two months ago, encourages you to push beyond your limits, face your fears, overcome any obstacle or challenge, and step up to take the challenge.
What’s this impossible goal you may ask?
Realize the PoP’s mission of building a total of 100 schools by the year 2012.
Pencils of Promise strongly believes every child should have access to a quality education. They’re a nonprofit founded in 2008 that builds strong schools, sustainable programs, and aids in establishing communities in Southeast Asia and Latin America. All donations and funds raised go directly towards their programs. (Read more about the 5 critical steps of their approach here).
It began with a question. A small boy, begging on the streets of India. “What do you want most in the world?” I asked. “A pencil.” I reached into my backpack, handed him my pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.
Adam Braun, an everyday college student, could not believe the power and promise that something as simple as a pencil brought to one child. In a period of five years, he backpacked over 50 countries, handing out pencils and pens to children from around the world.
It was then that he decided to launch a movement of global citizens who through a collective effort could build a school.
How do you get involved?
PoP not only wants you to help them with their Impossible, but they want you to conquer your Impossible too! They even have suggestions on their website! Some people choose to pledge their birthdays or an upcoming event! Whatever it may be, pledge an Impossible Challenge, and it will be linked to a School Builder fundraising page where you can reach out to your family, friends, and communities to support you and contribute to achieving the seemingly impossible goal of education for all.
Feel free to tweet it! _____________________ IS MY #IMPOSSIBLE.
Social Media is key! Use your voice! Imagine the positive chain reaction that could follow if you were to pass this on to a friend! Repost! Share! It costs nothing! If everyone did this one small thing, the social change could be huge!
Now, The Impossible Ones campaign deadline is October 31st, but don’t feel discouraged! It’s never too late to help out! Fundraisers can continue for as long as it may take to accomplish your goal! They’ve currently built 70 and they need as much help as possible!
“Dare to do the Impossible. Get rewarded with the college scholarships.”
Universal education is a great incentive to get involved, but if that isn’t enough, PoP is offering various rewards to those who fundraise.
- Raise $100 and you can be entered to win a $500 or $1000 scholarship.
- Raise $1000 and you can be entered to win a Semester at Sea trip around the globe while earning up to 12-15 college credits.
- The top fundraiser wins a trip for two to visit a PoP school in Guatemala with Sophia Bush, popular actress and longtime supporter (read more about her campaign & the rest of The Impossible Ones Crew here), as well as the well known band, Foster the People.
As Millennials, we should be motivated to engage in this experience! We thrive off of achieving the so-called “impossible.” We can all agree that, “we can create a better world through education.” Join in allowing children in developing communities to tackle this Impossible Challenge: access to education.
“NOW GO FORTH and together let’s write a better future.”
Message from the blogger: This cause is incredibly close to my heart. I am incredibly passionate about universal education. If you live in the Syracuse or Miami area, please feel free to email me about how you can get involved in those communities surrounding this very topic. And remember, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
Nikole Cabrera is a Featured Blogger for Mobilize.org’s The Millennial Report. She is currently pursuing a Professional Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Syracuse University. Cabrera is a proud advocate of providing equal opportunities to every human being, volunteering for a number of causes related to education, Latinos, refugees, and poverty. In the future, Cabrera’s ultimate goal is to establish a philanthropic firm that provides communities in need, both in the US and developing countries, with low-income housing, schools, and community centers.