Official Dosomething.org Project

The Problem

Up to 2.5 percent of children and up to 8.3 percent of adolescents in the U.S. suffer from depression and the numbers are rising. The NIMH postulates that the increase in clinical depression may be due to the fact that there is increased pressure on youth to be perfect, as achievements become the norm. This is a serious problem, one that we have personally been affected by. We have decided to create a children's magazine called JJ Express that targets youth ages 10-15 years old. Our magazine will be unique because it centers around a collection of comics and art - something that has never been done before. We feel that art is therapeutic and can speak to youth across all ages and backgrounds. We have already recruited more than 15 talented college students who are willing to donate their time and illustrate for our magazine. We have already done a lot of market research. We have been in touch with the Associate Editor of New Moon Magazine for girls, Lacey Louwagie, and gotten a lot of help from her. We have even created an Editorial Panel consisted of children ages 10-15 years old who are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of magazine publishing. We have also received a grant from Youth Venture. But we are still a while from success. We need more funding, we need more artists, and other contributors. If you would like to help in any way, we'd be happy to invite you into our team. :)

Plan of Action

Up to 2.5 percent of children and up to 8.3 percent of adolescents in the U.S. suffer from depression and the numbers are rising. The NIMH postulates that the increase in clinical depression may be due to the fact that there is increased pressure on youth to be perfect, as achievements become the norm. This is a serious problem, one that we have personally been affected by. We have decided to create a children's magazine called JJ Express that targets youth ages 10-15 years old. Our magazine will be unique because it centers around a collection of comics and art - something that has never been done before. We feel that art is therapeutic and can speak to youth across all ages and backgrounds. We have already recruited more than 15 talented college students who are willing to donate their time and illustrate for our magazine. We have already done a lot of market research. We have been in touch with the Associate Editor of New Moon Magazine for girls, Lacey Louwagie, and gotten a lot of help from her. We have even created an Editorial Panel consisted of children ages 10-15 years old who are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of magazine publishing. We have also received a grant from Youth Venture. But we are still a while from success. We need more funding, we need more artists, and other contributors. If you would like to help in any way, we'd be happy to invite you into our team. :)

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