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We want to help change the lives of foster kids through the art of dance and we need your help to make this happen! Read more

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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 18, 2014.

We want to help change the lives of foster kids through the art of dance and we need your help to make this happen!

About this project

Fostering Dreams
Fostering Dreams

What in the world are we trying to do?

Foster kids have been invisible for too long and we want to change that! We want to help these kids through the power of dance. We want to show the kids the possibilities they have and give them the support system they need, and we need your help! 

A team of dedicated people and world renowned choreographers have donated thier time joining together to help a group of foster kids in Los Angeles. We are going to document the journey teaching them how to dance and show the world how the power of dance can really chagne these kids lives and give them the tools to find their voice and self-expression through this art form.

We began the idea to make a documentary to show the impact that dance can have on someone's life. After a chance meeting with a former foster youth we were inspired to share the gift of dance with foster youth who rarely have the opportunity to take a dance class.

We found ourselves working more and more with different inspiring individuals involved with foster youth until one day when we met a group of people who would change the direction of the project all together.

They were the foster youth and the staff of the Firststar Program at UCLA. After seeing so many talented, brilliant, empowering, and under served youth we realized that we had to take action on a much bigger scale.

What we want to do is use dance as a vehicle to teach important life skills and self expression to kids who need it the most. In America, many foster kids who have had everything taken away from them. But the one thing that no one can take from them is their art. These extraordinary kids have changed our lives and now it our turn to change theirs. 

We've assembled a team of the world's top choreographers to teach, inspire, empower, and mentor these kids to find their voice through the art of dance. For 30 days in July, we will be working with kids in the First Star program at UCLA and we will be documenting their journey, and see what their lives are like before the program, and what possibilities they see for their future during and after the program.

We want this documentary to show the problems that foster youth face in their every day life without or with very limited access to their families. The beauty of learning a new art form, and also the issues in the foster care system.

So many people have donated their time to make this project a reality, over $80,000 worth of their time has been given and we could not do this without them! Any additional funds we raise past our goal will go towards helping foster youth!

And please share us on Facebook and Twitter! The more people we get involved the more we can all do to help these kids!

Also, if you're interested in donating in order to get a tax write off, we have a fiscal sponsorship! Any induivdual or corporation looking to donate to a 501(c)3 you should get in touch with us directly at welch.262@gmail.com and put "Fostering Dreams" in the subject line.

And please check out our friends at http://kickingitforward.org.

Risks and challenges

Working with kids is hard. Luckily we've teamed up with the team at First Star who have offered their full support in the project. Additionally, filming foster youth poses its own challenges. Because foster youth don't have parents to sign photo release waivers, a court order is required in order to put their story on screen. First Star has one such court order which allows us, for the first time, to put foster youth on screen so they can tell their story through their own eyes as it happens.

We have also assembled a world renown team of dancers and choreographers to teach dance and mentor the kids throughout their journey.

Because dance classes can be expensive,the people at Athletic Garage and Independent Dance Company have offered scholarships for the youth involved in the project, so after the cameras stop rolling, they can continue their dance journey for free!

Making documentary films are expensive, but we've managed to find so many amazing people who have donated their time. We're hoping that after our goal is reached we'll continue to get support so we can add production value to the project. Any additional funds we raise will go toward adding production value.

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    For a bit more, we won't whisper. We will stand upon the roof of our building overlooking Los Angeles, and we will shout 'THANK YOU [YOUR NAME]'. It will be loud, it will be thunderous, we will pound our chests and all of central LA will echo with the sound of your gift. *Please allow additional additional time for this gift to be delivered as giving too many gifts all at once will likely result in a noise complaint for us. We also don't want to lose our voices.

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    A digital download of the feature length film when it's finished, a shout out on the Fostering Dreams website, and a special thanks in the credits of the film! Because we couldn't have done it without you!

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    Everything from the $60 reward, plus we'll send you a personalized photo via Instagram. Something silly? Something amazing? Something completely mundane from our everyday lives? (Just kidding). We're open to your input! As long as it doesn't violate any laws or endanger us in any physical or mental way.

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    Everything from the $75 reward, plus an invitation to an official online screening of the film and a Q&A with the producers. You ask us anything you'd like! What did we have for breakfast? How did we decide to go on this journey? Will we marry you? (probably not) Ask anything!

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    You get everything in the $250 regular reward, plus producers Melanie and Jesse will send you a personalized thank you video and we'll also give you a very special thanks credit in the film.

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    You get to take a group class with Aukai Cain or Robert "Chino" Lopez, plus everything in the $275 reward.

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    You get a private class with Stacy Walker! This is literally a rare awesome opportunity. This is the dance equivalent of having Michael Jordan give you pointers on your hoop game. Plus you get everything in the $150 reward.

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Funding period

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