Saturday, December 13, 2014

Project For Awesome 2014: Room To Read!

My fantastic boyfriend and I spent literally the entire day yesterday putting together the Student Advocates of International Literacy's video for Project for Awesome. We submitted it a little after the 12 hour mark of the livestream, but better late than never, right?

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, SAIL is an organization I started on my campus this year to promote the importance of literacy and support programs working to provide education locally and around the world. Pretty self-explanatory.

Not sure what Project for Awesome is? 

Project for Awesome was started by the Green brothers (vlogbrothers) in 2007 and has been held annually every December since then. The project uses the amazing power of the Youtube community to raise money for charity. Thousands of people- from famous Youtubers to people who only made accounts to participate- upload videos advocating for a particular charity. People are able to vote for which charities they want to receive a portion of the donations by voting for videos representing that charity. You can vote for as many videos as you want. 

Money is raised through Indiegogo, where Youtubers offer awesome perks in exchange for donations. Fan of Minute Physics? Buy some of the drawings from his videos! John Green fan? Buy a limited edition copy of The Fault in Our Stars that will never be sold anywhere else. The list goes on. There are also a number of organizations that match donations to help easily double the amount raised, and every comment on any P4A video earns one penny. This year it is looking likely that we will breach the one million dollar mark! And as of 2013 the Foundation to Decrease World Suck is a federally certified non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible.

SAIL chose Room to Read as our Project for Awesome charity. They are an amazing organization that builds schools and libraries and so much more in order to promote reading and education in communities around the world where literacy rates are particularly poor. People often don't realize just how lucky they are to be able to read. Even if you don't love reading books, you rely on this ability every single day. But 1 out of 5 people in the world are not so lucky. And if you are a woman who can read, you're even luckier still, as 66% of illiterate people in the world are girls/women. Room to Read works for such an important cause and is so, so deserving of the money and I would really love to see them be a P4A recipient this year.

But we need your help to make it happen! Help us support Room to Read in three easy steps!
  1. Follow this link to watch our Project for Awesome submission.
  2. VOTE for our video and other Room to Read videos. No registration needed. One click only.
  3. Spread this video like the plague so others can support it too!
This is the first year I have ever actually made a video for Project for Awesome, and I'm so excited to be participating this year. It would mean a lot if you would help us out by voting and sharing!

Interested in checking out the perks and donating to the Project For Awesome? Check out the Indiegogo page!

Also be sure to check out the livestream being hosted by the Green brothers for the entire 48 hours of the project! 

As a side note, you might consider following Katsyxo, the Youtube channel the video is posted to. Why you ask? reason. ;)

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