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A values-based YouTube channel brightening the future by teaching socio-emotional skills, compassion & self-worth to kids
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The YouTube Kids channel building a better world.

We believe in the power of compassion, of kindness, and of mastering our emotions. We've personally experienced their transformative effects -- on things like anxiety and depression. But what if they could be preventative, too -- and equip a generation with longterm mental health?

We're setting up the YouTube channel Sophie & Friends to share socio-emotional tools with children. Because emotional health equals mental health. 

And we're doing it in a fun way. With music! And creativity! And a whole lot of love. <3 <3 

We've done a lot of the work, but we need your help to finish the first series and bring it to YouTube!!! 

You can find us on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/2XTQkxQ

And on Instagram here: https://bit.ly/2Y4Tzhe

Sophie and her friends (Vroom, Socks, Dot and Toolz!)
Sophie and her friends (Vroom, Socks, Dot and Toolz!)
  • OUR WHY

If you're from the United States, you might remember Mr Rogers. Many people say he transformed their lives by instilling them with self-worth, resilience and emotional literacy. Our aim is to bring back the essence of Mr Rogers' Neighbourhood. He's our inspiration!

Our inspiration: The wonderful Fred Rogers in Mr Rogers' Neighbourhood (Credit: Dr. François S. Clemmons)
Our inspiration: The wonderful Fred Rogers in Mr Rogers' Neighbourhood (Credit: Dr. François S. Clemmons)

Mr Rogers showed how socio-emotional and character skills empower children - and enable all of us to build a better world, together. 

Learning these skills can solve the challenges our society faces - helping us to heal ourselves, bridge social divides, and spread peace and understanding instead of division. The more we can harness these skills, the more harmonious our world will be.

  • OUR WHAT

Our little team has hand-made a miniature world that we're calling Feelings Village, and four puppet friends who, along with Sophie, help convey the messages of the show. 

A snapshot of Feelings Village. Photo and set credit: Mary Gouldsbrough
A snapshot of Feelings Village. Photo and set credit: Mary Gouldsbrough

There'll be songs, creative exercises, mindfulness techniques – all woven into compelling storylines. 

Our channel is a safe and nurturing refuge for children: a place where they can fully be themselves, and develop self-awareness, self-worth and self-trust.

Along with our homemade sets and puppets, we have written and scripted nine episodes and accompanying music. 

We have run our scripts by experts in the fields of education and child psychology.

  • WHAT YOUR PLEDGE WILL GO TOWARDS

Now we're raising funds to film these episodes. Your money will go towards hiring a videographer/editor, animator, good lighting equipment, and a wonderful musician - because our show features lots of songs composed by us!

If you believe in the power of compassion, in the need to equip the next generation with the types of skills that enable them to thrive in a quickly-changing world, please consider donating whatever you can. 

We hope this project will demonstrate the strength of community and the daily opportunities we all have to create positive change.  

Risks and challenges

We're undertaking this project fuelled by the desire to do good and create positive change in the world, but we are aware of a few challenges. We are setting out to create a nurturing alternative to the fast-paced, broadly entertainment-based options currently available for children, but know that our slower, meditative format is a risk, with children's attention spans shorter than they used to be! In order to try to meet this challenge, we will stay true to our values while weaving in entertaining storylines and characters to stimulate children's imaginations and keep their interest.

Our aims for the finished product are quite ambitious and we are carrying them out within a limited filming window with various logistical challenges. We're planning to the best of our abilities and have assembled a multi-talented team with diverse experience, particularly in theatre & television, to keep to schedule and achieve as much as we can in the time available - and to create the best possible product.

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    Shout-out in the credits

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    MP3s of Sophie & Friends songs

    A personalised thank you card with a photo from filming, signed by Sophie & her Friends, your name in the show credits, and a selection of the show's songs for you to sing along to and enjoy.

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    Original sketch by Sophie & Friends

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    Write for/Appear in our next series

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