Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Valley of the Heart's Delight
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I have this idea and I can't let it go. Problem is I have no experience with non-profits or funding. Especially worrysome is giving up a very high paying job and not knowing how I will support my family while following my heart with this idea. I am currently the sole income earner in my family of 4.
Middle school children have far too few after school programs. Small children are pretty well served as we all worry about their physical safety. High school aged kids have extra curricular activities like band, drama, sports... Middle schoolers are in the land between, old enough to be a bit more responsible, but without resources. Turns out this age group is at risk for early sexual experiences, drug use, etc. as they are very often left home without supervision. Peer pressure is extreme at this age and even kids who would never get into too much trouble on their own are known to do risky things. In fact many kids experience their first sex in their own homes while mom and dad are at work.
So, I have a great idea for a program which celebrates diversity and family pride. It offers educational experiences that are completely personal. But... where do I go with it? I could package it and sell it to community centers, or start an organization. Oh, this is where I get very unclear.
If you have any advice, experience, or suggestions, please post away. I am absolutely 100% listening!