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This album shares the message of Be The Change Youth Initiative as we encourage youth into action by using their gifts and talents.
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*** EVEN THOUGH WE'RE ALMOST FUNDED, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! YOUR PLEDGE WILL HELP US DO TWO THINGS: FINISH OUR FUNDRAISING PACKETS AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING SUPPORT FOR OUR PARTNER!****

STRETCH GOALS:

#1- $20,000

This money will be used to finish our website and fundraising packets. Be The Change Youth Initiative receives no compensation from fundraising. Because we feel called to serve, our partners receive every penny. However, it costs money to develop an excellent product. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

#2- $27,000

If we reach this goal, we'll get to purchase our fundraising t-shirts for all of our partners. $10 of every shirt will go directly to the work they're doing around the world. We're also working to create fundraising bundles for families looking to adopt or kids wanting to go on a mission trip!

#3- $30,000

Reaching this goal will allow us to invest in our own video and audio equipment, enabling us to produce high-quality videos that would benefit our ministry. We work hard to develop content, and we'd love to record it on something besides our cellphone!

*** Check Updates to Listen to One of the Songs on the EP***

#1: The Dream Behind Be The Change Youth Initiative

What if kids here in the US used their gifts and talents to help other kids around the world? What if we could inspire young leaders to action by matching their passions with guided fundraising to create positive change? Our pilot program is doing just that. From Maine to California, there are kids all over the United States using their gifts and talents to raise money to build a daycare in Jacmel, Haiti through our ministry partner, Hands and Feet Project. These kids are using their voices to advocate for children around the world by running, baking, shooting hoops, making goals, organizing talent shows, reading books, selling lemonade, and more. 

This picture was taken on a recent trip to Rwanda with Africa New Life.
This picture was taken on a recent trip to Rwanda with Africa New Life.

#2: Why Make This Album?

Be The Change Youth Initiative is committed to helping kids recognize and utilize their gifts and talents for the purpose of helping others for the glory of God. My love for songwriting is an example of this. To share the missions of our partners (Hands and Feet Project, Africa New Life, Make-A-Wish Maine, The Transformation Project, Camp Bahamas, and Instead Ministries), I have written a compilation of songs. My ultimate goal is to travel around the United States to share my music and empower children to make an impact in their communities and around the world by getting involved with Be The Change Youth Initiative. 

#3: How Did a 15-year-old Kid from Maine Get Invited to Record in Tennessee?

The simple answer: God. In January, I had the opportunity to meet two of my favorite singer/songwriters, Leslie Jordan and David Leonard of All Sons and Daughters. My mom and I toured their studio and had lunch with them as part of a fundraiser for Hands and Feet Project. During lunch, we talked music and ministry, and I told them about a song I had written for one of our partners. As we walked back to the studio, the plan was for us to part ways, but they invited us back in. As we took a seat, David handed me a guitar and said, "Okay kid, show us what you got." I don't remember much about that experience (thankfully my mom recorded it). But, that moment started an ongoing conversation with David, who is graciously offering to produce our music for Be The Change Youth Initiative. So, we're headed to Franklin in October. 

How are the Kickstarter Funds Being Used:

The funds raised here will cover producer fees, musicians, mixing and mastering, studio rental and all fees associated with Kickstarter. All rewards have been taken care of by Be The Change Youth Initiative. These rewards are a sneak peek of merchandise created specifically for this ministry, and we can't wait to share them with you. 

REWARDS:

BE THE CHANGE Bracelet:

Leather Keychain:

Above is one of three designs to be used as a reward
Above is one of three designs to be used as a reward

LIVE COURAGEOUSLY T-Shirt:

Exclusive Be The Change Youth Initiative Design
Exclusive Be The Change Youth Initiative Design

LIVE COURAGEOUSLY Trucker Hat:

Original Print:

The original Be The Change t-shirt design
The original Be The Change t-shirt design

 

Fundraising design for Hands and Feet Project
Fundraising design for Hands and Feet Project

 

One of the designs for our fundraising shirts
One of the designs for our fundraising shirts

Hand-made Rwandan Tote:

PLEASE NOTE: This is the bag design. The fabrics for our bags are exclusive to Be The Change Youth Initiative. We are working with our Artisans in Rwanda RIGHT NOW to finalize the product!
PLEASE NOTE: This is the bag design. The fabrics for our bags are exclusive to Be The Change Youth Initiative. We are working with our Artisans in Rwanda RIGHT NOW to finalize the product!

 

Risks and challenges

For us, the only risk is not asking for help. There has been an overwhelming amount of prayer over this ministry by more people than we could have ever imagined. The risk of our disobedience in moving forward is missing out on what God is going... and we definitely don't want that. Please, pray about joining us on this journey.

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    #1 The Music Behind the Mission

    You will receive the digital downloads for all eight songs recorded in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as the lyrics and chord charts. You will also receive a hand-written Thank You note from Sydney.

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    #2 Sneak Peek of Our Merchandise!

    At this level, you will receive a custom-made leather bracelet made especially for us. Each bracelet is imprinted with words to live by: Be The Change. You will also receive a custom-made leather keychain. A gift for you and one to share!

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    #4 LIVE COURAGEOUSLY x 2

    If you like trucker hats, this package is for you! This gray and black trucker hat has a LIVE COURAGEOUSLY patch and adjustable strap.

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    #5 Support Our Artisans in Rwanda

    Our friends at Mango + Main have designed a tote EXCLUSIVELY for Be The Change Youth Initiative. This beautiful, hand-made tote, made by the Umucyo Sewing Cooperative, can be yours at this level. (We will have additional items for sale on our website in the fall---all made exclusively for our ministry!)

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    #6 Graphic Art and Learn About BTCYI

    At this level, you'll receive a custom print designed specifically for Be The Change Youth Initiative. Additionally, you will have a 20 minute Skype session with the founders of Be The Change Youth Initiative. They will share the vision and ministry of BTCYI with your family, youth group, or civic organization and how you can get involved in helping kids use their gifts and talents to change the world.

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    #7 On the Road and All the Things

    We will bring the music and message of Be The Change to you! (Within 150 miles of Portland, Maine) Get your friends together for an intimate gathering or bring in a whole bunch of youth from all over! Sydney will sing all 8 songs and share the story behind each one. Both founders will present the mission and vision of Be The Change and how kids and families can get involved in helping kids use their gifts and talents to change the world. You will also receive 3 different custom prints created for Be The Change Youth Initiative and their ministry partners.

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    #8 Taking the Mission on the Road

    Sydney will bring the message of Be The Change Youth Initiative to you! (Within 500 miles of Portland, Maine). Get your friends together for an intimate gathering or bring in a whole bunch of youth from all over! Sydney will sing all 8 songs and share the story behind each one. Both founders will present the mission and vision of Be The Change and how kids and families can get involved in helping kids use their gifts and talents to change the world. You will also receive 3 different custom prints created for Be The Change Youth Initiative and their ministry partners. All Rewards will be hand delivered. *If you are farther than 500 miles, we are willing to negotiate cost.

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    #10 The Executive Producer Package

    This is the "Become an Executive Producer" Reward plus Sydney will bring the message of Be The Change Youth Initiative to you! (Within 500 miles of Portland, Maine). Get your friends together for an intimate gathering or bring in a whole bunch of youth from all over! Sydney will sing all 8 songs and share the story behind each one. Both founders will present the mission and vision of Be The Change and how kids and families can get involved in helping kids use their gifts and talents to change the world. *If you are farther than 500 miles, we are willing to negotiate cost.

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    #9 Become an Executive Producer

    It costs $2000 to produce one song, so at this level you will become an Executive Producer for one track on the EP. Before heading to Tennessee, you will Skype with Sydney to hear two of her songs and the stories behind them. You get to pick which one you want to executive produce. Once in Franklin, you will also get to Skype for approximately 10 minutes while in the studio. Get a glimpse into the process and maybe meet a few incredible people helping bring the music to life.

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