Welcome to 'Youtopia'
Kids are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. They often have to push the envelope just to see what's real and what's not. These are the seeds of progress.You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify them, or vilify them. However, the only thing you cannot do is ignore them.. With the right tools we can change our world, we can invent, imagine, heal, explore, create, inspire, and push the human race forward.
Messages and models of behavior currently delivered to this population are dispersed in a flurry of disjointed, provocative and misleading content. As creatives, we are devoted to using the Internet to provide our children with the tools and knowledge they need to successfully confront the challenges of growing up in today's society; encouraging and fostering the creative forces within to address day to day issues of heart and mind.
Youotpia is Kidsinit's effort to deliver coherent content on issues facing today's youth, and to
develop a more logical system's analysis to their decision making.
We employ interactive technology to create a powerful environment where kids can learn, grow, explore, and experience their own development. For all kids the site enables them to get in touch with their own abilities, trust their own goals, and reach out to a peer community of other kids for ideas and support. For at-risk kids, the site helps them discover the issues and consequences of decisions they face about sex, drugs and the "rock and roll" of life.
No one else is using the power of the Internet as we are to dynamically create constructive social action and economic empowerment among our kids. Contributions and sponsorships are the exclusive source of funds for The KidsInit. Funds are used to sustain the Youtopia site, and to develop new content and new interactive capabilities in service of the kids who are our future.
Over the last ten years since the youtopia site was concieved,
The Youtopia journey began with a single provocative image:
untainted by the dynamics of alcoholism in the family . . .
Not being heard . . .
distortion, denial, and confusion seeded into everyday activities . . .
learning to co-depend . . .
These patterns of dependency and blame start early. . .
The first steps in taking the distortion away is to help kids see in pictures - what it looks like in other alcoholic families, to help them match it up (and validate) their own experiences, then perhaps to share those experiences by writing or drawing themselves (enabling satisfaction from self-motivation).
The content of Youtpoia.org is designed to hand out the tools and resources to familiarize kids with all problems associated with the many issues they face in their lives-all the situations where they find themselves "in it" in one way or another. Our content helps them to understand that they are responsible only for their own behavior.
The "inits" grew naturally,
and included the good avenues for choice as well as the bad and ugly -
see table below for those items currently in development.
The brave new world needs brave new tools to produce courageous intelligent adults. One such tool is Youtopia.org. Through the "inits" and other content, our kids are learning that "You are the source of your own utopia"
Creating an Empire of Creativity and Collaboration
Kid's Init connects the "dots" to channel info where it's most needed: kids' aged 7 - 17
Project ChampionsThe iTV Corporation - for Vision, technical education, server space and marketing expertise
Gary Langford, CEO
Joe Zott, Technical Operations
Art Yeap, Marketing
Solutions, Inc. - for Mentoring, business acumen, office facilities
Cole Danehower, President of Perception Management, Ltd - for communications Mentoring, Vision perceptions, and corporate communications
Cooley Godward LLP - for legal services, nonprofit status, etc.
Monterey International School of Business - Initial Financial Analysis Professor Chuck Fischel and Atilla Fresca
Dr. John Webster, Coaching For Success - reality checking and contacts
Maxim Integrated Circuits, Peter Cornelius - Mentoring and listening
Black Rebel Digits, Tony Puryear and Eric Finke - Concept and Image Consulting
Christine Roland - Design for graphics/design and content
Sgt. Rick Gutierrez of San Mateo County Task Force - contributors of penal code information/statistics/connectivity gang stats, connectivity within the police dept.juvenile division.
Kyla Huckerby - for writing, grant solicitation and humor
Mr. Max - The Dorsa
Elementary summer school program test marketing resource and brilliance
in delivery of content
Credits for Content Contributions
Project Advisors:Business Advice: Ames Technology Commercialization Center Director John Gee; Doug Hawkins/Phil Levinson, Charles Gibson/ BAMTA: (Broad Alliance for Multimedia Technology and Applications) for incubating "Kid's Init"
Consulting: Mark Duncan - Askmar
Grant Consultants: Lenore Gabel Rowland High Schol Jeannie Jacobsen Mt Diablo School District
Product Consultant: Chris Werner Executive Director Frankfurt Balkind Inc. S.F.
Educational Models/Curriculum Advice: Ragni Pasturel Soliel Software and Clay Carrell Bayside Middle School, Mr Max Dorsa school, Linda Chanda Peterson SCCOE , Lenore Gabel Rowland High School
Legal Advice: John E. David Music/Entertainment Los Angeles, Howard Leib Children's Entertainment, NYC
Intellectual Property: Eli Porat and Cooley Godward, LLP. Santa Monica
Music: Phil Harrington Liberty Blue, Cynthia Sexton Virgin Records, Richard Foos Rhino Records
Psychological Aspects: Kathy Kind, MFCC Jim Conway MFCC Sherry Sobrato MFCC Judy Hall Fomin MFCC
Project Encouragement:Dr. Richard Martinez: Scientific Review Administrator National Institute of General Medical Sciences Maryland, Linda Frazier Discovery Channel
If I have forgotten anyone,
please contact me immediately at Mulligan@mail.com.
Kate Mulligan, as an artist and creative arts educator, has a continuing vision: help kids utilize their intuitive and creative forces within to problem solve, using their creative force as the main vehicle, and the Youtopia site as the hub for information exchange and artistic inspiration and collaboration.
As adults struggling to keep a hold of our jobs and families, we have hardly had time to give kids the tools to handle their own personal development. Our generation is passing the buck. And when that buck comes back -we'll owe interest for our lack of interest!
Dysfunction - unless we learn
from it, it grows like a weed. It's no small task getting into trouble
as a kid and still come out a functioning, contributing adult. I want to
find ways to help kids make the best of their own circumstances and choices.
I want to integrate all the informative content already being done in society, and develop a learning engine where students apply personal experience towards content creation, which will be integrated with factual content and peer to peer forums for
But exactly how do "WE" get there?
The premis; understanding that we
are each is a source and resource for a better future. To provide the creative space for them to give and get information they
need to grow into responsible, healthy adults.
I truly believe kids today are smarter than most adults acknowledge, and need more integrated support systems than most families can provide in today's society. Disciplining and traditional learning methods do not send the complete message, even though those messages are valuable.
Previous avenues of delivery turn
the kids "off" instead of "on."
Internet blogology is key because it is the only way kids can get the really dynamic picture of what's going on in their family, community, and peers. You have to show how society breathes and fuels itself and give them a way to safely explore the choices that face them, see how they fit into society, and how they can affect themselves and others.
The medium is as much an integral part of the message as the information it contains. I am associating images and content in such a way that the message gets carried with the kids throughout the day, helping them to recognize the signs of trouble as they encounter it. Creating a roadmap for future "opportunities" and making informed choices. That is what The KidsInit's creation, Youtpoia is designed to do.
There's an enormous
amount of collaboration and
There's a win-win situation created by using technology to repurpose and rechannel information to help kids make the best choices as they grow up. Advertisers, public relations firms, and business of all kinds, can see how their tax-deductible contributions can add unique value to the construction of a site that serves kids as well as serving themselves. And that's what The KidsInit is doing through the creation of its unique web site for kids, www.Youtopia.org.
Those who have already joined me in building The KidsInit Youottopia see that their long-term investment has long-term results. We're not just building a five-year plan with this program, we're creating a lasting, evolving community for kids and our sponsors have joined to support this long-term effort.
With help from Ensemble Solutions, Cooley Goodard, Ltd., the iTV Corporation and Perception Management, Ltd., our prototype for www.Youtopia.org has been born. But like the kids we are striving to serve, Youtopia.org needs nurturing to grow strong and contribute to its fullest potential. That's when our work really begins! I hope you will join me.
Unfortunately over the last ten years, not much has improved in the following figures;
The ObjectiveSet up an interactive web site that will provide our children with tools and knowledge to better confront any association with guns, drugs, gangs, abuse, and pregnancy, enabling them a unique access to problem solving, and goal setting, utilizing artistic skills as a basis for understanding their unique prediciment.
Providing learning opportunities to the children via Internet involvement that will help them
Make available an age appropriate interface between the existing social service network and the generations that need it most.
Implement an aggressive campaign to spread information on effective strategies that will combat juvenile dysfunction. Create regional yellow pages for youths to access information, services, and skills in productive fields in space exploration, high tech jobs, programming and research.
Ensure access to immediate local assistance in an anonymous and safe environment. Including monitored on line discussions, one on one help, and service locations in their neighborhoods.
Develop a body of pertinent
information containing children's content, contributions from
universities and government services, books, television, cable shows and
The BudgetThe project cost is estimated at about $300,000.00 for the first two years, with additional support expected from local companies donating resources and facilities to the project. This budget will include the salary of the creative director also serving as project manager. Several Silicon Valley individuals, who have recognized the value of the project and are supporting the cause, are currently providing initial support and services. Additional commitment needed to secure successful operation and additional personnel as needed.
. With the right tools
we can change our world, we can invent, imagine, heal, explore, create,
inspire, and push the human race forward.
How?Provide a curriculum/reference synergistic database and a clearinghouse that provides additional content from the following sources: