DYP crowdfunds for local "jobs for life" program, offers limited edition greeting cards by uw photog Steven Anderson
I think my first job was at the age of 6. The old lady down the street offered to let me pick weeds. It was miserably hot. She nitpicked. A lot. She invited me in for a break, at times, where she had cookies and lemonade for me. They were mediocre, at best. And her house smelled of cats, although I don't think she owned any cats. I had to start early, 7 or 8am, and worked all day. That's what my 6-year-old mind remembers. In reality, I probably picked weeds for an hour and went home with a check for 3 dollars.
Now that I'm older, my days are longer, and my checks are a little bigger, I think back to that experience and I'm grateful. That and the other jobs of my youth formed my work ethic. My hardworking dad taught me responsibility and integrity. His occasional contract employment of what some would call "shady vagrants" taught me compassion. I was a lucky kid. I had all the right ingredients to send me on a relatively smooth path in life.
Not everybody has a sweet old lady in a safe neighborhood to offer them their first job. Not everybody has a home life that supports, encourages, and sets a good example. Some people--many people--have it much rougher. Some manage to climb out of it. Others get trapped. Kevin Riggs, a local pastor and author in Franklin, Tennessee, works daily with those who have been trapped.
I sat down with Riggs and picked his brain for a while. I wanted to hear from somebody who had their ear to the curb on how DYP could best help our local community. My only request was that it be something specific. DYP is a new venture and our klout and influence is small but growing. I didn't want to fall massively short of a HUGE goal when we could succeed with something more manageable. Riggs mentioned his "Jobs For Life" program and I loved it. For only $500, we could fund the entire 8 week program. In the scope of the year, that's a very small part of what Riggs does for his community through his church, but it was something that we could "take off his plate". By funding this, he could then focus his energy on something else.
Jobs For Life gives people the skills many of us learned naturally from our families or our education. But like I mentioned, not everybody has had those same opportunities. Their upbringing lead them down rockier paths. Poverty and felonies have changed some of their "possibilities" in life. Jobs For Life trains those individuals to be able to provide for themselves. If you'd like to know more specifics about their program, visit their website.
So here we are! We've launched a campaign to fund Riggs "Jobs For Life" training in the Franklin, TN community. We're doing it through our crowdfunding arm at Indiegogo, and we've got some fun perks for participating. We don't look at this as asking for donations. We're offering interesting perks or products that you will hopefully want. We then take the profits and use them for good.
Award-winning underwater photographer Steven Anderson is a good friend of mine. I called him up and said, "What do think about doing some prints and greeting cards of your photos and donating profits to DYP's campaigns?" He immediately said, "I'm in!!"
While having coffee with Riggs, he mentioned he was a published author and that he'd give everyone a signed copy of his book, "Failing Like Jesus", when they back our campaign for $25 or more.
For the next 30 days, we're campaigning for "Jobs For Life." These are two very unique perks you can get for participating. Stay tuned throughout though, as we tend to roll out new "surprise" perks every now and then. It's a chance for you to get something cool that you couldn't get elsewhere, AND for the profits to go toward a worthy cause. My goal for DYP is to offer unique perks and products on every campaign that can bring some "out-of-the-ordinary" into your lives, and at the same time, bring some unexpected assistance to some local organizations that could use the help.
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Based in Nashville, TN, DYP (Dive Your Planet) has a mission to “LIVE • DEEPER.” A premium SCUBA dive training & travel company, we also leverage our network of dive enthusiasts to crowdfund for a different local cause every 30 days. Adventure Underwater...Charity Up Top. Connect with DYP online at www.livedeeper.cc.