We've been offered flexible funding, which means that if we raise £20,000 in pledges by next Tuesday we can keep it. We're very close, so please do pledge and share our cause!
Who we are_
Young Rewired State is a community of digital makers aged 18 and under. We introduce these young people to like-minded peers at events around the world, where they can team up and use open data to build amazing projects which help their communities!
What we do_
Every summer, Young Rewired State hosts the Festival of Code, our flagship free event. At the Festival our UK community gather at volunteer centres all over the country to build stuff together during a week of the summer holidays, utilising their amazing technical skills to help their communities, and growing their abilities in the process, with the help of expert mentors. They then come together for the final Festival weekend where they showcase what they have built, hear from expert judges and speakers and do loads more civic hacking!
Over the past six years, we've worked with over 2,000 young people in the UK, with lots of our alumni now returning to mentor the next generation of young coders!
What we achieve_
Our community tells us that participating in the Festival is not just a fun experience, it's also one which grows their confidence, develops their skills, and generates heaps of opportunities to improve their futures. By working together and sharing knowledge, participants improve their digital skills, learn about teamwork and communication and make life long friends. What's more they get to hear from some of the most talented and inspiring technologists out there, and in doing so realise the value and potential of their own abilities!
But it's not just the participants who benefit - we all do, because we encourage 'civic hacking' where the young people apply their creativity to solving community challenges and building solutions which improve the lives of those around them!
Why we need your help_
We know that talented young technologists could be hiding anywhere and come from every imaginable background - that's why the Festival has always been, and always will be, free to attend. However, we need your help to keep it that way and keep our ethos of inclusivity alive!
We saw over 1000 young people come to our last Festival of Code. During the Festival weekend, each one of these young people, on average, presented to 250 others, ate 9 slices of pizza and 2 cornish pasties, drank 5 cans of soft drink, walked away with 3 t-shirts and 10 stickers, coded in 3 languages, and used 5 gigabytes of data, and much much more…
And as of September 2014, we saw the introduction of computing to the national curriculum - so we're anticipating that, in 2015, more young people than ever will want to come along and explore where code can take them outside the classroom! We want to double the number of young people we can accommodate to 2000. This means we need more space to cater for the awesome work they do, more people to help them do it, bigger platforms to showcase their talent and more food to fuel these hungry coders!
We're using GoCardless to save on PayPal fees, however we also have PayPal enabled too so if you'd prefer to use them please feel free to do so. We also have to pay VAT on all pledges, so please consider increasing your pledge by 20% when you check out if you are able!
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