Hey, this is Jeff.
Like SO many other kids my life sometimes has been ridiculously hard because I have ADHD - mostly because people don’t understand me. Until I was diagnosed in grade 7, I believed I must be bad, stupid and lazy because I could never get the important things in life right.
Back then, I could not find any ADHD resources that a 12 year old could relate to. I felt isolated and alone and I wanted to change that.
Last November, I launched ADHDKidsRock.com an online community to help kids with ADHD. It's already making a big difference in the lives of other kids with ADHD.
I'm just getting started. This Kickstarter will help fund another year of running the website and create some of the much needed resources this community is asking for to help kids with ADHD, their parents and teachers.
A lot of kids with ADHD feel like they're all alone in the world, get discouraged, and give up on their futures.
I'm 15 years old now. Since being diagnosed with ADHD, I've struggled and learned a lot. And I've become really passionate about helping kids who have ADHD, like me.
I hope you'll check out the ADHDKidsRock.com website and Facebook page, and send us your support. You can help by picking your favourite reward and back ADHD Kids Rock: Leading the Way Kickstarter Campaign! #ADHDSuccess
What is ADHDKidsRock?
ADHDKidsRock is a safe place online where kids can connect with others who have ADHD. Parents and teachers of kids with ADHD are connecting on my website and Facebook page, helping each other support these kids.
It has become a hugely successful resource for parents, teacher and kids!
"Hi Jeff! I am another parent that wants to say thank you! I read books and do research all the time. I really try to do anything I can to help my son. When I came accross your website I was so excited! I can read a million books and talk to a million doctors and it will never be as valuable as getting information directly from someone who is in school dealing with ADHD and who has gone through the struggles" ~ Nikki Mrkacek
Why does ADHDKidsRock matter?
This project matters because ADHD is really hard on kids. It creates a sense of hopelessness and takes away from their future. The stats say one out of 20 kids have ADHD -- here are some of the effects ADHD has on kids:
- Kids with ADHD have the highest high-school dropout rates.
- Kids with ADHD are more likely to do drugs because they are always in trouble and easily feel they can never do anything good enough.
- Kids with ADHD get excluded from community groups like Scouts,because the leaders often don’t know how to work with them.
- Kids with ADHD have a hard time finding where they fit in.
- Teachers often don't look forward to teaching kids with ADHD as they are annoying and harder to teach.
How does ADHDKidsRock help?
ADHDKidsRock is a website and Forum. My blog and Facebook community now have thousands of members. Here's what happens:
- I write blog posts about the struggles I've been through at school and in life with my ADHD. And I share how I've learned to speak up for myself. I talk about tough subjects like taking medication.
- Guest bloggers join in with great posts about how to make friends when you have ADHD, how to stop negative self-talk, and positive messages about ADHD.
- We have hundreds of people exchanging helpful messages with each other every day. Kids with ADHD share their stories and learn from others. Parents and teachers share what they've learned about helping kids with ADHD.
- I have big plans for creating more resources and growing the website and forum to be more effective and more helpful.
I'm running this Kickstarter to try and fund the second year for this website, to give me time to find the best way for the website to become financially self-sufficient, and to make the site better and more useful still. I'm also developing better resources for kids who have ADHD, like a book and flashcards (for teachers!), and need some help with funding these things.
ADHDKidsRock is about helping kids. I know a lot about how hard it can be for kids with ADHD. I was put out in the hall in kindergarten!
I know I can make a difference in kids' lives. I hope you'll help me.
How Can you Help? Back this Kickstarter!
This Kickstarter is to help grow the ADHD Kids Rock website from where it is to an even more useful, stronger community.
1 – Develop Resources
Part of this Kickstarter will fund developing resources to support kids with ADHD. I’ve got an amazing community of people connecting to my website, and they share ideas and stories all the time. I want to use their ideas, in conjunction with my own ideas and experiences, and develop tools for teachers, parents and kids with ADHD.
Flashcards for Teachers I think if teachers understood us better and had some good tools, the class would be better for them too. That's why one of my goals this year is to use all the input and ideas I get from teachers on my Facebook page and build some real flashcards that teachers can use in their classrooms. We have thousands of teachers involved on our Facebook page, many of them working hard to help kids with ADHD and sharing amazing ideas. I want to ship a deck of flashcards to each school in my province of British Columbia, Canada – and make the cards available on my website to teachers everywhere. Maybe you are a teacher and understand how little training is provided to help you work with kids like us.
A Book for Kids with ADHD There is a lack of positive role models for kids with ADHD. I have a very strong case of ADHD – and it’s given me every bad experience you can imagine for a kid. It’s also given me some great opportunities. I’ve written a book for kids with ADHD that I wish I would have had when I was a kid. Part of this Kickstarter is to publish and share this book with kids and teachers.
2 – Make the ADHDKidsRock.com Website Self-Sufficient
The other part of this Kickstarter is to fund another year of running my website. This website will need to be able to pay for itself if it is going to survive in the long run. During this next year, I want to optimize the website, improve it by adding more resources for kids with ADHD, and make it financially sustainable on its own. I need to find the best way to get the website financially self-sufficient. I want a funding plan for the website that enables it to remain free and useful for kids. I also want it to continue to offer new resources and grow over the long run. I would like to take the time to do this well, so I can find the best plan for the site’s future.
What's the Budget? Here's what Your Money is For:
- $1,500.00 to develop, design and print my first set of helpful large size flashcards for teachers,including writing, editing and graphic design.
- $3,600.00 for my Support Team for ADHDKidsRock.com blog, website & social media. While I am blogging, I am also trying to finish high school. I also have a writing disability called Dysgraphia so I couldn't do this without help. (This should cover the next 12 months)
- $1,500.00 for 12 months’ site maintenance, hosting, forum fees & other site tool fees.
- $2,000 to pay for Paper & Postage for Kickstarter Rewards, fees & setting up this campaign. (if this doesn't work I'll be doing dishes all summer to pay this off!)
- $1,400.00 to pay for Commissioned Art for Kickstarter Rewards, Book Illustrations and Website Content (related to Kickstarter Rewards)
- $1,200 to pay for Graphic Design for the Resources and ADHDKidsRock.com (similar to the behaviour plan on my blog, check it out)
- $ 900 to pay for Marketing to reach more teachers, parents and kids with ADHD
- $ 700 to finish writing and editing my book getting it ready to publish.
- $100 a month for 12 months as my allowance so I don't have to get a real job and can keep working on this website instead = $1,200.00
- TOTAL Requested: $14,000 CAD
I’ve requested the minimum amount of money that will make a difference and help me reach my goals. If we are over the goal amount, I plan to build better resources, and share them more widely, improve the website even more with games & other functions that kids will enjoy, and reach out further with my marketing.
What are people Saying about ADHDKidsRock?
The ADHD Kids Rock community is asking for me to help them. I'm 15 and now I have this huge responsibility to answer this call. It's more than just a blog , these are real people and they need resources that I know I can create to make life better.
Teachers are asking questions on how to deal with their students, parents want to know how to talk to their ADHD teens, kids message me just to say "hey, thanks." I have to keep this project going!
"Thank you for the advice. I am a teacher and I am going to try and remember your list each day with my precious students." - Tami Rechiloff Robinson
So far, I've had a whole lot of help from a Scholarship I won from the World Domination Summit (WDS) Foundation. This gave me the funds to set up the website and get this project off the ground. It’s going crazy good but I don't have a job yet to pay for this so that is why I need your help to grow and keep it going.
I can’t stop now, it’s honestly really helping!
Connecting on ADHDKidsRock is Helping People
When kids, parents and teachers connect on my site and in my Facebook community, they ask each other for help, share ideas, share their stories -- and they help each other get through it.
"I'm really glad you started this page, too. My ten year old son was recently diagnosed and I find that reading your perspective really helps me to parent him." ~ Meredith Hendricks
When people understand what it's like to be a kid with ADHD, it makes a real difference.
- When parents understand what it’s like to be a kid with ADHD, they become more understanding, they can be more patient with their kids and can learn to advocate for their needs and build stronger futures for them.
- When teachers understand what it’s like to be a kid with ADHD, they can learn to connect with these kids, and help bring out their natural talents and creativity.
- When kids learn that they’re not alone, and see others with ADHD living successful lives, they learn to keep trying, speak up for themselves, and feel proud of their ADHD superpowers – like creativity and resourcefulness.
"You are pretty awesome Jeff! What you are doing to bring awareness and assistance for folks affected by this is really quite amazing!" ~ Adriana Romkes
My project will be a success when kids my age with ADHD begin to realize that they are not stupid or lazy and that they are not alone. That instead they just have a different brain style and that they can use their ADHD super powers to make the world a better place instead of being destroyed by it.
When kids like me begin to feel better knowing that there is a whole lot of us with ADHD -- and that we are not bad, we are actually mostly smart and caring.
My project will be a success when moms or dads stop being angry at their kid for being messy or late or for not being able to do the dishes on time, instead know what their kid needs to be successful and happy.
My project will be a success when kids find cool jobs or different paths to finish school instead of risking dropping out and becoming drug heads.
My project will be a success if even one teacher reads a blog and for the first time “gets it” that punishment, humiliation and intimidation or sending a kid to the office for not doing their work is the worst thing they could do to help that kid.
I get lots of great letters and messages every day from kids, parents and teachers who love what we're doing. Check these out:
“Thank you for being the words my son can't speak yet...for giving me a glimpse into what he goes thru.” – Sherry Cassidy
“I'm ADHD myself I find it really hard to cope with it an my teachers flip out on me for not being able to concentrate and we'll I tell them I have ADHD they say it's just a excuse!” – Dillan Price
“Because of you, I can now see things from my sons point of view and help him to achieve his goals and to see his own potential. I can't thank you enough for all that you do!!” – Susan Livsey
When I learned that I had ADHD and I wasn’t bad after all, it was a relief. But I still felt very alone, and I couldn’t find any help for kids like me with ADHD except for stuff written by adults who didn’t always understand.
My mission is to help change that feeling of “being all alone in the world” for kids with ADHD.
About My Website: ADHDKidsRock.com
One year ago, I received a scholarship award from the World Domination Summit’s “Scholarships for Real Life” Foundation to set up a website and Facebook community to help kids with ADHD who were going through the same problems I had been through as a kid.
It was at the end of my Grade 9 year. I had barely made it through that year of school. I had been so discouraged, I had almost given up on school and my future.
After winning the scholarship, I attended the CHADD Conference – and International Conference on ADHD and ADD. I met a lot of people there who know a lot about ADHD, and suddenly I felt a lot less alone myself. I received a lot of support and encouragement that propelled my mission forward.
Over the fall of 2014 I set up a website, blog and Facebook page. My goal was to have 500 Facebook Followers. Eight months into it, I now have over 6,000 Facebook followers, and passionate, active discussions every day on my Facebook page.
Learning to blog, working with an ADHD coach to learn to manage projects, and growing my relationships within the ADHD community has been an amazing experience.
This past year has given me this platform to help kids with ADHD find their paths. I’ve connected with kids, parents and teachers, and have started to make a difference in some lives. I want to keep going, and am looking for your support to do so.
One last thing - Here's the ADHD Kids Rock #LeadingTheWay Video Script in case you aren't able to watch the video:
Hey , this is Jeff, Founder and Chief of ADHD Kids Rock.. I’m 15 and I have spent the last year building an online community to help kids with ADHD and their parents and teachers.
Kids with ADHD need to know they are not alone… Teachers need tools and understanding to make life better in the classroom for kids with ADHD… And parents need the most support of all, so that home can always be a safe and happy place.
My blog and Facebook page have attracted at times up to 75,000 people. I have over 400 followers to my blog and almost 6000 Facebook likes in only 8 months.
Recently I got a post from a mom who’s daughter was banned by her teacher from her grade 8 graduation because her ADHD was always getting her in trouble. This doesn’t have to happen. You can’t punish ADHD out of us
What we can do is learn about ADHD and find out ways to help instead of hurt us.
In grade 9 I wrote my own behaviour plan and since then I have a way better relationships with my teachers and principal.
I need your help to keep my project going. My next goal now that the community is built is to create resources for teachers, parents and kids.
First up will be helpful flashcards for teachers with the best suggestions for making life in the classroom better for kids with ADHD.
I’m also almost finished writing a book that I would have loved to read when I was 10 that will be awesome for both kids and teachers.
ADHD Kids Rock –Leading the Way Campaign
Risks and challenges
I have a fantastic team. Most of my awards have already been made by super star graphic designer Andy, web developer Corey and managing editor Lindsay so this should eliminate most obstacles. My illustrator Martin lives in Argentina and sometimes has trouble with the internet so if by chance we get way behind on the illustrations mom says she'll use her airlines points to fly him up here! No seriously, it just means it might take a bit longer if this award is as big a success as I think it will be. He's fast and super excited to be part of making lives better for kids with ADHD! ~ JeffLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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