This website, Speak Up for Change, has been running since 2008. It started in the early days of ACCESS as a way to discuss and engage youth in a wider range of social justice issues (both local and global), accepting submissions from youth globally.

8 years later, ACCESS has transitioned to helping other youth-led organizations form and make their own impact on the world – and so it is time to pass on the Speak Up for Change blog torch to one of those new organizations.

INKspire is a new non-profit organization that strives to inspire and engage youth (ages 14-29) by providing a dedicated publishing platform where young people can learn from one another, share their stories, thoughts and ideas while connecting with other youth around the world. INKspire hopes to encourage youth engagement in current global affairs and provide opportunities for young writers, journalists, and artists to showcase their talents.

To help make this new phase of Speak Up for Change a reality, please contribute to the crowdfunding campaign here. (As a non-profit, any funds INKspire brings in will be reinvested back into improving INKspire).

 

How Does INKspire Work?

Each month, INKspire will focus on a topic or issue to be explored through our three platforms: Arts, Social Issues and Science & Innovations. Youth will be able to submit content that align with our monthly topic in a variety of mediums (e.g. article, artwork, poetry, etc.) within our three platforms.

  • INKspire Articles. Our very own writers will regularly publish articles that aim to inspire and engage readers in a wide variety of topics.
  • Moderated Submissions. INKspire will accept and publish submissions that are in tune with the organization’s vision and mission. All submissions will be moderated by INKspire editors before being published to the website.
  • Youth Profiles. We acknowledge outstanding youths by publishing profiles that highlight accomplishments and great works in progress.
  • Featured Organizations. INKspire will involve organizations and foundations whose goals and philosophies are in line with our monthly topic.

Why INKspire?

Youth lack a dedicated platform to voice their opinions and ideas and are in need of a medium where they can take a stand on issues they care about. We believe that youth can make a positive contribution to the world by adding unique insights to national and global matters. Not only will young people be able to share their knowledge and express themselves through INKspire, but they will also gain new perspectives and learn from their peers. INKspire will also be a gateway for stakeholders, key leaders and individuals to learn more about youth perspectives on different topics and issues.

The founders of this new platform believe the main reason behind the lack of youth voices worldwide is that there are limited opportunities for youth publication. As a result, youth input on important national and global topics are significantly underrepresented in the media. Looking at the major news agencies and publishing platforms of today, we see that the majority, if not all, of them, are written by and catered to an older audience. This is why we created INKspire: to empower youth voices and have their opinions heard and valued by the entire global community.

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INKspire represents a concerted effort to create a unique and fully integrated technology system that allows users to easily navigate the platform.
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Mobile and Tablet Friendly

Users are able to read approved content on any device (mobile, tablet, desktop). The site will be fully responsive using HTML5 and CSS3 technologies.

Content Management System 

We make it easy for our users to submit content and for our editors to moderate submissions. Users can create their own profile where they have the ability to submit new posts, see their posts’ status (pending, approved or rejected), and edit their profile. INKspire editors will moderate all incoming submissions and provide feedback when needed.

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Why This Project Needs Your Help 

We’ve been working on INKspire on all fronts since August 2015. Although we have a working prototype, there is still much to do!
With your support, we can finish a complete release of our platform and make it available to youth across the world. Your backing will help fund:
  • Development and Design. We want to continue working on INKspire in 2016 by adding more features and revamping our current design. We plan to release the platform to the general public in April 2016.
  • Legal Fees. We need to register trademarks, draft up terms of use and privacy policy and register as a non-profit organization.
  • Marketing. INKspire depends on user-generated content and our success will not only depend on our platform but also the reach of the organization.
  • Infrastructure and Server. We need to ensure that the platform will be able to support the proper number of connections and users by upgrading our current server and hosting plan.
Any contributions would be greatly appreciated and even a $1 pledge shows your support and will get you access to our beta-launch! We also need your help in spreading the word of INKspire to more people, so please share our Kickstarter page on your social media!

The People Behind INKspire

ACCESS is pleased to support these future leaders in passing on SpeakUpForChange.ca. The new leaders include Joanna Ong, Frank Ong, and Ellier Leng.

(L-R) Joanna Ong, Frank Ong, Ellier Leng

What about Speak Up for Change articles?

A number of articles from SpeakUpforChange.ca will be transitioned over to the new platform. By Summer 2016, visiting SpeakUpForChange.ca will redirect automatically to the new INKspire website. Feel free to email info@accesscharity.ca with any questions regarding the transition.


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