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$2,730
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backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 7 2014

About

Who We Are  

iamafighter is an innovative new mental health & trauma recovery social network. We launched our website, iamafighter.com, on December 12, 2013, and, due to overwhelming demand, we launched the iamafighter mobile apps shortly thereafter, in February of this year. Through word-of-mouth alone, iamafighter has grown organically at an average rate of 25% per month since our launch, to nearly 2,000 fighters in over 10 different countries. Blending technology with compassionate, meaningful connection, iamafighter is free and anonymous support, available at your fingertips, every hour, every day...

  

We're a team driven by our love of helping others and our belief in the goal that we serve: providing free, convenient and anonymous access to the iamafighter community, a loving & supportive social network for mental health, trauma recovery and overcoming life's struggles. 

Patent-pending, characteristically colorful and always uplifting, iamafighter has come to Kickstarter to launch "3 Big New Features" and bring "3 Licensed Professionals" on-board our team (outlined below).

Note: To protect fighters' anonymity, no real fighter's content appears in the images below.

Each support group is assigned its own color on iamafighter according to proven color psychology.
Each support group is assigned its own color on iamafighter according to proven color psychology.

Successes So Far

In addition to maintaining a 25% average monthly growth rate in membership every month since our launch in December 2013, we've been lucky enough to receive some very positive attention these last few months, including when our Founder & CEO Trisha Wiles got the attention of celebrity media mogul Russell Simmons, telling him iamafighter's story (and her own!).

iamafighter Founder & CEO, Trisha Wiles, and Russell Simmons
iamafighter Founder & CEO, Trisha Wiles, and Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons loved our company and concept so much that he even tweeted about us, giving us his official endorsement just 4 months after our launch...

Read Trisha's official blog post, detailing her meeting with Russell Simmons here.

We've also had some exciting press coverage along the way, as well, including features in The Huffington PostNJ.com, Social News Daily, radio shows and more... 

In the spring of 2014, our Founder & CEO Trisha Wiles spoke about iamafighter at the Hudson County of New Jersey Mental Health Consortium. 

And as bright as our beautiful- albeit short- past has been, the future of iamafighter is looking even brighter... 

9/5/14: Founder Trisha Wiles is invited by the State of New Jersey's Mental Health Consortium to present iamafighter at this year's upcoming state mental health convention in February 2015.

9/14/14: New Jersey United Students (NJUS), an organization of student-leaders from 12 college campuses across the state of NJ, invites Trisha Wiles to present iamafighter at their next meeting to spread the word among NJ campuses.

9/14/14: United States Student Alliance (USSA), a student-leader organization on college campuses all over United States, offers iamafighter a table at their upcoming national conference in March 2015.

9/25/14: The Huffington Post publishes an interview with our founder about what iamafighter is, who benefits and how it works!

How iamafighter Works

iamafighter instantly connects people using colors and virtual support groups on an anonymous social networking platform. Using our copyrighted and patent-pending system, each of iamafighter's 27 support groups is assigned its own color, as shown below:
Each support group and color are intentionally paired according to the psychological effects of colors and the unique needs of each support group. Colors are then used to categorize fighters' thoughts, display fighters' group membership and enable fighters to find others who have experience in similar struggles. Out of respect for fighters' anonymity, iamafighter does not provide fighters' information to outside, third parties, including popular search engines.

iamafighter works on the simple premise of people who need help receiving help and support from people who have been where they are. Fighters on iamafighter often share their experience, successes and struggles through recovery... offering support and love in the face of adversity and celebrating one another's successes.

iamafighter does not promote any one path or agenda with regards to recovery, but instead provides a non-biased platform upon which individuals can explore, discuss, promote and learn about various recovery options.

We see a lot more in store for iamafighter and know that we can offer fighters even more resources to help aid in their recovery, outlined below in The $100,000 Expansion Project.

The $100,000 Expansion Project

$100,000 will be the catalyst to us to growing iamafighter in a truly meaningful way. 

We have 3 Big New Features to implement and 3 Licensed Professionals to bring on-board with the $100,000.

The 3 Big New Features

1. Welcome Tutorial & Tour for New Fighters

Right now, when a fighter joins iamafighter, they're pretty much just let loose into the wild (so to speak, of course)... Under the current model, if Person1 signs up with iamafighter, Person1 is entered immediately into the social network with no directions on how the site/app works and how to interact with it. Sure, this works and allows fighters to "figure it out on their own," but increasing our budget with the infusion of the $100,000 will enable us to work more meaningfully with our technical support team and build out an interactive welcome tour experience.

The Welcome Tutorial & Tour will show new fighters around the site, minimizing the current learning curve by teaching them how to interact with the iamafighter framework in a simple and easy way, easing them into the swing of things and giving them the tools with which to connect faster and more comfortably with other fighters.

The Welcome Tutorial & Tour will greet the new fighter and highlight all of our biggest features, including the functionality of our color-feeds, as well as our useful "Trigger Filter" tool and new "Advanced Fighter Search" feature, which brings us to our next new feature...

2. Advanced Fighter Search

Right now on iamafighter, people are connecting in truly meaningful ways by browsing the thoughts and feeds of various support groups on the site. Fighters get to know one another through discussion, finding out on a one-on-one basis how similar their journeys are.

We want to make this process even easier for fighters...

Under our new "Advanced Fighter Search" feature, fighters will be able to search through other fighters on the site in two truly meaningful ways:

Group Combinations

Comorbidity is the presence of more than one disorder, condition or struggle and, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and many other experts, comorbidity occurs more often than not when a person experiences one mental disorder, traumatic experience or medical issue.

Our new Advanced Fighter Search will enable fighters to search for others who share their specific combination of support groups. For example, according to The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), about 50% of individuals with eating disorders also struggle with substance abuse. With iamafighter's new Advanced Fighter Search feature, a fighter in this example-- struggling with an eating disorder as well as substance abuse-- can find others who belong to all three or any combination of related support groups (Eating Disorder, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction), allowing this person to more effectively connect with other fighters overcoming and recovering from their specific combination of struggles and conditions.

Support Group Specifics

This aspect of our Advanced Fighter Search tool will allow fighters to breakdown support groups by specifics, when applicable. 

This tool will allow fighters, for example, to search the teal Eating Disorder group for fighters who identify specifically with "binge eating" or "bulimia." Individuals in the grey Cancer support group will be able to search by A. type of cancer (bone, breast, colon, etc.) as well as B. stage of cancer (from 1 to 'terminal'). And a member of the Drug Addiction group can search for other recovering addicts by the drugs which they were/are addicted to.

We believe that, as a rule, people are more similar than different. We want to implement this feature to unite and connect others in a more meaningful and personal way.

3. Colorblind Functionality

At iamafighter, we firmly believe in building the most inclusive community possible. In order to do this, we can't leave out people who experience color-blindness!

We have a really cool idea for the implementation of a fully-functional colorblind-friendly option for iamafighter, but we'll need your financial help to accomplish it!

The 3 Licensed Professionals

We have three licensed professionals that we want to bring on-board for the iamafighter community:

1. Family Therapist

Because many of our groups deal with family dynamics-- Family/Friend of Addict, Mental Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Parent of Child with Disability, Military Family, Loss of a Loved One, Postpartum Depression-- bringing on a Family Therapist is a very efficient option for us.

This licensed professional will help fighters explore family dynamics and family roles, educating fighters on how to cope with, affect change in and recover from the often-difficult family dynamics that they have experienced. 

2. Trauma-Specialty Psychologist

Many members in our community are dealing with trauma. Whether these fighters belong to the Rape support group, have experienced Military service -related PTSD, are survivors of abuse or experience generalized PTSD, often other behaviors (such as self-harm and substance abuse) are attempts at self-coping with trauma. 

This individual will bring valuable wisdom and healthy coping techniques to the community, educating fighters about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in the hopes of assisting them in their recovery from it.

3. Certified Nutritionist 

We have a two food-related support groups, Eating Disorder and Obesity, with over 500 members between the two. This individual will be especially valuable to those groups, however, did you know that people with Anxiety and Depression often have low levels of vitamin D?

In addition to serving our food-oriented support groups, this individual will help educate the community, as a whole, on what they need to keep their bodies and minds running in tip-top shape! 

Timeline for Project Completion & Perks

October 18

- iamafighter Kickstarter campaign ends and a thank-you email is sent out to all backers, refreshing you on our timeline for project completion, the fulfillment of your perks and other interesting tidbits!

- Begin work on 3 Big New Features

- Begin search for 3 Licensed Professionals

October 31

- Interviewing underway for 3 Licensed Professionals

- Working on 3 Big New Features

- iamafighter: THE BLOG publishes our "List of Amazing Backers" post

- "iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

November 18

- Welcome Tour & Tutorial for new fighters debuts on iamafighter

- Interviewing underway for 3 Licensed Professionals

- Social Media Shoutouts and Recognition complete

- CEO Skype calls underway

November 30

- Interviewing underway for 3 Licensed Professionals

- CEO Skype calls underway

-"iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

December 18

- Advanced Fighter Search debuts on iamafighter

- Final Rounds of Interviewing underway for 3 Licensed Professionals

- YouTube Video Completed and Published for our $50 backers

- CEO Skype calls underway

December 31

- Colorblind Functionality debuts on iamafighter

- 3 Licensed Professionals have been selected (!!!)

- Introductions of the our 3 new Licensed Professionals to our $5,000 and $10,000 backers via email

- Begin generating content with 3 Licensed Professionals

- MAILINGS GO OUT! iamafighter Bumper Stickers, Fighter Letters (photocopies & handwrittens), as well as CEO letters in the mail to applicable backers 

- CEO Skype calls underway

- "iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

January 31, 2015

- Consistently publishing content with 3 Licensed Professionals via iamafighter: THE BLOG and YouTube channel, as well as through through the iamafighter site and app.

- "iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

- CEO Skype calls underway

February 28, 2015

- All CEO Skype calls complete

-"iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

March 1, 2015

- Email sent to all backers voting in our upcoming New Support Group Vote, listing all of the proposed support groups and their proposed colors

March 15, 2015

- Deadline for New Support Group Vote submission

March 31, 2015

- New Support Group Winner announced to backers involved in the New Group Vote!

-"iamafighter Monthly Update" email sent to all backers

April 1, 2015

- Debut the winning New Support Group on iamafighter and introduce the new group to the general public, across iamafighter social media accounts

iamafighter Safety & Privacy

At iamafighter, fighters' safety is paramount. Trigger filtering, suspicious behavior alert systems, visibility settings, site monitoring, anonymity, as well as age requirements are just a few of the many security and safety features in place on the network. We take fighters' safety and privacy very seriously. To learn more about the safety and privacy features in place at iamafighter, please email admin@iamafighter.com.

Risks and challenges

Once we're funded, there will be no stopping us. Because our social network is already made, production and implementation of additional features (our "3 Big New Features") is much easier, however the scale of these features will take some time. We have done our due-diligence to provide a realistic and attainable timetable for the features' completion.

Founder & CEO Trisha Wiles has spent the last year fine-tuning her interview and screening process so that only the very best and brightest make it on the iamafighter team. With that being said, it takes time to interview and screen applicants in order to find the best possible person for each position. Trisha has overseen the hiring and contracting of ALL iamafighter workers up to now (logo artists, graphic designers, web developers, press relations, videographers, social media coordinators, lawyers, etc.). And, without tooting our own horns, she's compiled one heck of a team! Located just 15 minutes outside of Manahttan, we anticipate no shortage of qualified applicants seeking to fill these positions at such a promising, feel-good company.

We promise to do everything in our power to get the project completed in accordance with the timetable outlined above. We will keep you in the loop every step of the way.

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    You rock! Not only will we "tell the world how awesome you are" (as described above!), but we'll send you our signature iamafighter bumper sticker! But, that's not all! We will create a special YouTube Appreciation video, exclusively dedicated to our $50 backers and listing YOUR name in the video's credits! This perk is EXCLUSIVELY for our $50 backers and is not offered to backers of any other pledge amount.

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    2 FIGHTER LETTERS!!! For this awesome contribution, you will receive two photocopied letters from real fighters in the iamafighter community, telling you how important iamafighter is to them, giving you TWO first-hand looks at the real people that your contribution is helping! We will, also, "tell the world how completely awesome you are," via our blog and social media, and send you an iamafighter bumper sticker!

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    HOLY FIGHTER LETTERS, BATMAN! For this generous contribution to iamafighter, you will receive 5 incredible photocopied letters from 5 different fighters within the iamafighter community. Hear first-hand from the fighters, themselves, what iamafighter means to them and hear the impact of the amazing community that your money is supporting. We will also shout you out on our "List of Amazing Backers" blog post, give you props on our social media accounts & of course, send you the iamafighter bumper sticker! (Car still not included. Sorry.)

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    10X THE INSPIRATION! For this amazing contribution, you will receive 10 inspiring photocopies of letters from 10 unique fighters from within the iamafighter community! Hear how important iamafighter is to the people who benefit most from it- the fighters- and hear how your contribution is helping to improve people's lives every day by helping to expand this amazing free resource. And, yes, we'll "tell the world how awesome you are" on our blog and social media accounts, as well as send you the sweet iamafighter bumper sticker!

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    CEO MEET & GREET + 10X THE INSPIRATION! For this incredible contribution, our Founder & CEO Trisha Wiles will Skype call you to meet you, chat and thank you face-to-face! In addition, we will mail you 10 different, awe-inspiring photocopies of letters from 10 real fighters, describing what the iamafighter community means to them, so that you can hear directly from the people that your generous contribution is helping. We will, also, "tell the world how awesome you are" through iamafighter: THE BLOG and iamafighter's social media accounts, as well as send you our (soon-to-be) famous iamafighter bumper sticker!

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    HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM FIGHTER + HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM CEO + CEO MEET & GREET + 10X THE INSPIRATION! For this truly inspiring contribution, you will receive 1 inspiring handwritten letter from a real fighter, telling you, directly, how much iamafighter means to them so that you can see, first-hand, the impact of your generous pledge on people's lives. You will also receive a handwritten letter AND Skype call from our Founder & CEO, Trisha Wiles, to thank you, meet one another, answer any questions or simply chat. ...But, wait! There's more! You'll, also, get: 10 inspiring photocopies of letters from 10 other fighters, iamafighter social media and blog shoutouts where we "tell the world how utterly awesome you are" and, of course, our signature iamafighter bumper sticker!

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    EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK! For such a meaningful contribution, you will get a vote in our New Support Group Vote in March 2015, helping us to decide the next new support group(s) to add to the community. You will, also, receive 1 inspiring handwritten letter from a fighter telling you directly the impact that iamafighter has on their life and 15 incredible photocopied letters from 15 different fighters, sharing with you the positive impact that iamafighter (and, thus, your contribution) has on their life. Our Founder & CEO, Trisha Wiles, will write you a handwritten letter, as well as call you on Skype to get to know you, answer questions, thank you and chat. Get ready... There's even more: You will get an email one week before the general public, introducing you to the three new licensed professionals that iamafighter will be bringing on-board. And we'll, also, "tell the world how absolutely & undeniably awesome you are" on our blog and social media accounts, as well as mail you a fun iamafighter bumper sticker!

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    THROW IN THE KITCHEN SINK WHILE YOU'RE AT IT.... Thank you for being our angel! For such an unparalleled contribution, you will receive analogous perks: 5 inspiring handwritten letters from 5 unique fighters, telling you what iamafighter and your contribution means to them and how much iamafighter positively impacts their lives. You will, also, receive photocopies of every single inspiring fighter letter sent out in this campaign. In other words, you will get a copy of every inspiring fighter letter that any other backer gets to see-- somewhere between 30 and 40 fighter letters, in addition to your 5 handwritten letters. You will receive a vote in our New Support Group Vote in March 2015, helping us to decide the next new support group(s) to add to the community. You will, also, receive the very first introduction to our three new licensed professionals that we will be bringing on-board. (The only person who will meet them before you is Trisha, herself.) But, wait.... of course there's more: You will receive a handwritten letter from our Founder & CEO, Trisha Wiles, telling you her story and inspiration behind this wonderful company. And you will get six Skype calls with Trisha over the course of the six months following our campaign, personally updating you on all of the exciting goings-on and successes of iamafighter. Finally, you will receive a fun iamafighter bumper sticker, iamafighter social media and blog recognition... and our very deepest gratitude.

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