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We have made a commitment to "being for peace". Our film will demonstrate how we encourage others to combat the violence in Chicago.
We have made a commitment to "being for peace". Our film will demonstrate how we encourage others to combat the violence in Chicago.
244 backers pledged $35,600 to help bring this project to life.

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“I'm for Peace!” Are You?

We need your help to produce a documentary that will share our message of peace and hope, and empower young people to reclaim their communities and city from violence.

Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of five South Side schools attended by nearly 2,300 young people in Chicago. Perspectives students focus on the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®, which help develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity. “Showing compassion”, “seeking wisdom” and “solving conflicts peacefully” are just a few principles Perspectives students live by. 

We know that violence is a huge problem in many communities throughout the country. In Chicago alone, we've lost more than 500 lives to gun violence in the last year-many of them young like us. A lot of those victims weren't even the intended target. We, the students of Perspectives Charter Schools, are planning to produce an inspiring student-led documentary that chronicles our dedication and commitment to peace. Instead of accepting the violence that surrounds us every day, we have committed ourselves to changing our neighborhoods, lives, and the expectations of what we can accomplish. 

We are capturing student testimonials and real life stories about how the streets of Chicago have affected our lives personally and what we can do to make a change. We are planning to incorporate footage from our annual peace march and jam to help convey the idea that living A Disciplined Life® can produce a peaceful environment. Our annual peace march sets the stage for us to reclaim our communities from violence and demonstrate how impactful young people really can be. It's time to tell our story! 

We have partnered with New Chapter Entertainment, a video production company founded by two former Oprah Winfrey Show producers. While they have agreed to do the documentary, there is still work to be done and a few costs we have to raise on our own. We’ve estimated these costs to total about $35,000 (production costs, editing costs, music licensing, etc.). Filming has already begun, and with your help we can bring our documentary to fruition and possibly have a hand in saving lives through our peace movement! Your support will allow us to share an incredibly, important game-changing message: every child has the ability to shape and improve the world around them. 

It's time to restore peace in Chicago. "Be for Peace" with us. Help us tell our story! Let us show you that the youth of today can change the world and it starts with us. 

"I'm for Peace! Are You?"

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is producing a film that encompasses the views of 2300 students. We want the entire student body to be involved with this production in some fashion. It can be a challenge getting everyone on one accord to produce a seamless and impactful film.

Another challenge would include production delays. We will work with the production team at New Chapter Entertainment to ensure timelines are understood and being met, as to ensure our documentary is completed timely.

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    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING! Every bit helps and we are so grateful for you and your commitment to peace!

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    "Show Gratitude!"
    Receive words of gratitude for your support on our Facebook page and receive a limited edition A Disciplined Life (ADL) Book Mark.

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    "Show Compassion!"
    Receive a "Thank You" in the credits of the documentary.

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    "Be Positive & Supportive" and receive a "Thank You" in the credits PLUS an exclusive Perspectives/Kickstarter t-shirt.

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    "Take Initiative!" Receive all the above PLUS your very own copy of the final "I"m For Peace" documentary.

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    "Be Generous" and receive an invitation to our VIP Viewing Reception AND receive a copy of the final "I'm for Peace" documentary.

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    Join retired NBA player and Perspectives supporter, Mark Aguirre along with two(2) Perspectives Charter Schools students for an exclusive VIP lunch!

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    ”Seek Wisdom” and Join Perspectives Charter Schools students' as a “principal for a day” and learn how your contribution has helped make a difference in their communities through the production of the documentary! You will take a tour of the campus and meet some of the Perspectives Charter School students, staff, and faculty and even join them for lunch!

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    "Be Reflective!" As a top level sponsor you will receive a VIP invitation to our viewing reception, a copy of the documentary, AND a "Thank You Lunch" courtesy of the co-founders of Perspectives Charter Schools. Join Co-Founders, Kim and Diana for lunch as they personally thank you for your contribution and support!

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    "Be a Life-long Learner" Receive ALL of the following:
    • A copy of the documentary
    • Words of appreciation on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and IG)
    • Name in the credits of the documentary and recognition as a top supporter/backer
    • 4 VIP Tickets to the viewing reception
    • Personalized "thank you" from the students of Perspectives Charter Schools.

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