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$10,000 will help us purchase the latest computers and equipment for our new internet cafe in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.
116 backers pledged $11,614 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal UPDATE: $650 more to $11,650!

Thank you so much! With 100 backers and counting, you all helped us make it to our initial goal of $10,000. These funds raised, however, are are just the first step to purchasing computers, and opening our doors.

Final 12 Hours!

There are 12 hours left in the campaign and we still need your help! Our stretch goal is $11,650 or an extra $650.

$650 equals: 1 more computer for our future, 1 more person that can job search, 1 more student who can play a game, 1 more explorer who can innovate and create, and 1 more way to LEVEL the playing field. 

$10,000 will help us purchase computers and equipment for our pilot internet cafe in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. 

$10,000 = new computers 

Through internet cafes, LEVEL aims to provide affordable computer and internet access to underserved Chicago communities. $10,000 will furnish our pilot café in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

LEVEL's store will be completely automated

LEVEL will evolve with new technology. We have the latest computer monitoring systems to create a fully automated, interactive computer center.

Access + Knowledge + Skills = Change

The internet café will double as a classroom, where we’ll host regular workshops on computer programing and website design to improve locals’ technological literacy and job prospects. We will also work with local schools and small businesses. 

Let's make learning and innovation fun again. Children from low income neighborhoods are most at risk to fall behind in this new global internet age. LEVEL will take on the challenge to close this digital gap. Each LEVEL store will be individually tailored to the community it serves.

Join us now! Once our goal is met, we will make preparations for opening our first storefront in August 2014. With your generous contribution we will be able to purchase computers and be closer to opening our doors!

Please join us and make this dream a reality!

Here is how:

1. Pledge Now: Every dollar counts!

2. Spread the word by Liking our Page of  Facebook and Following us on Twitter!

3. Send us your feed back!

***Check out our press***

UChicago Magazine http://mag.uchicago.edu/education-social-service/her-level-best (*UPDATE: Quoted from UChicago Magazine's article)

BonnieWeeBusiness http://www.bonnieweebusiness.co.uk/science-technology-kickstarter-picks-2/

ChicagoInno http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2014/07/09/level-hits-10k-kickstarter-goal-to-bring-internet-cafes-to-chicagos-underserved-neighborhoods/

Let's see the potential space!

Front of the store
Front of the store
Front area
Front area
Main space for computers
Main space for computers
Main area for computers
Main area for computers

**Also check out:

Our fellow Kickstarter friends, "Back of the Yards Mural: Unlocking Heritage and Potential," to double the impact in the Back of the Yards Community!! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/99178721/back-of-the-yards-mural-unlocking-heritage-and-pot?ref=nav_search

With $7,500, mural will pay homage to the diversity and history of the Back of the Yards community by engaging local artists and youth.**

Risks and challenges

It's important to understand that if we don't make our goal of $10,000 by July 10th, we get absolutely no money. It's important that we make our goal so everyone's pledge counts.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    A big, huge thank you from the LEVEL team! Every donation helps make this dream a reality

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    A personalized, signed thank you note by the Founder and CEO of LEVEL, Alexa Martin.

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    Facebook shout-out- Thank you for funding our dream! You will also receive a "LEVEL up" book mark as well as a personalized, signed thank-you note.

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    You will be listed as a "backer" on our official LEVEL website. You will get a "LEVEL up" sticker, book mark, as well as a personalized signed thank-you note.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Level t-shirt- Receive an official LEVEL t-shirt as well as all the goodies listed above.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    VIP- you will receive VIP status for all of our special events and first notice on upcoming news, as well as all the goodies listed above.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    LEVEL thermos bottle and all the goodies available above!

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    Kor water Bottle with LEVEL logo.And of course all goodies listed above.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    LEVEL iphone charge case and all the other goodies from $10 and above.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Bronze Sponsorship- your name will appear on one of our cybercafe chairs acknowledging your sponsorship. You will also receive a t-shirt, book mark, sticker, personalized thank-you note and recognition on our website and social media.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Silver Sponsorship- You get to name one of our computers! We're so happy to immortalize you and your contribution in our physical business. You will also receive a LEVEL t-shirt, book mark, sticker, personalized thank-you note, and recognition on our website and social media.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Gold sponsorship- you will get your name as a sponsor on one of our LEVEL walls! You will also receive a t-shirt, book mark, sticker, personalized thank-you note, and recognition on our website and social media.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Platinum Sponsorship- Your name and photo will appear on our hallway / main area. Pick a computer or wall to name! You will also receive a LEVEL t-shirt, book mark, sticker, personalized thank-you note, and recognition on our website and social media.

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Funding period

- (30 days)