YouthPedia is launched by Be The Change Foundation in July 2020. The purpose of this project is to build a digitized multi-media encyclopedia for K-12 students, which can be used as supplemental reading to broaden their knowledge, cultivate early-age interests and serve as a tool to learn languages. A unique characteristic of this project is that, all the contents are created by students themselves through online collaboration, so students get an opportunity to practice creativity and leadership skills, since each work is made by a team of creators. Our goal is to let "Youth Empower Youth"!
In this project, students will choose one or multiple roles as creator, including writer, illustrator, designer, translator, narrator and video editor, and be assigned to different teams, each of which has a size of 10-15 creators. Students will come up with their own topics to write based on their interests and what they have learnt, and collaboratively complete each work in the form of VideoBook. Students who are team leads are responsible for VideoBook production, and have a chance to exercise project management, product management and people management like in real companies. All the VideoBooks will be uploaded to Youtube for free sharing, and exhibited on Youthpedia.org.
By participating in this project, students can:
1. Receive mentorship on writing, illustration, design and video editing
2. Establish a portfolio for college and job applications
3. Earn volunteer hours and Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
4. Recruit friends to build their own teams
5. Get free leadership training
6. Get recommendation letters
7. Connect with students worldwide
8. Win Be The Change Foundation scholarship
We currently accept university, high school, and middle school students as creators. No application fee is needed. Go to the follwoing YouthPedia Website to apply.
Reading can help children stretch their imaginations and encourage them to reach out to the world and people whose lives are quite different. Our kid-safe and ad-free streaming digital books and creative storytelling will inspire children all over the world to discover their interests and fall in love with reading.
We ask you, humbly, to help. It will take years to produce a rich library of educational and informational VideoBooks for youth, that can benefit many generations in the future. Like Wikipedia, we ask you to defend YouthPedia's independence. YouthPedia depends on donations to stay online and thriving. The donations will be used to provide necessary mentorship and training for students to improve their skills and to maintain the platform and website so that we can continue to produce high-quality online video books to benefit children around the world.
Go to Gofundme now to create your own fundraising team to help!