The Facts (Part I)

Michelle: Remember those public service announcements on TV that began in the late 80’s,  The More You Know?  The simple format of dishing out bite-sized servings of useful information continues to be revolutionary and highly effective in bringing awareness to the masses about safety, health, and world issues. The more you know, the better you can act and inform others.

To that end, it’s time for some good old fashion learnin’! Did you know:

  • Every year 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the US.
  • In this age group the rate of  cancer survival has seen no  noticeable improvement in over 20 years.
  • The 15 -39 year old age range is referred to as Young Adult. Too old to be completely coddled, but too young to be fully independent.
  • Over the past 30 years, young adults with cancer have seen the greatest increase in cancer incidence than any other age group.
  • Young adults with cancer suffer a mortality rate of 10,000 per year in the United States.

Want to learn more? Check out these links:

Be sure to tune in next time when we’ll discuss specific organizations that help support the unique needs of the young adult cancer community.

The Young Invincibles on Fractured Atlas

Michelle: Following up to the previous post, check out The Young Invincibles profile on Fractured Atlas. The profile also contains a link for contributions and donations to the project!

While you’re there, take a moment to browse some of the other past and current projects sponsored by Fractured Atlas. It’s wonderful to see so many different facets of creativity in the arts community.

Please note: The Young Invincibles is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of The Young Invincibles may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Funding: Going Non-Profit

Michelle: As a child I loved the visual image of the term “seed money,”  watching a street performer plant a couple of his own dollars in a tip jar, hoping that his talent would persuade appreciative onlookers to nourish the money pot, making it flourish into bushel of green cash. Film makers have a vision of how a story should be shared with the masses, and seed money is the funding that is needed to begin making that kind of tangible, quality storytelling possible. In a previous post, Aaron mentioned that many burgeoning films struggle with finding initial funding. The Young Invincibles is Sarah and Aaron’s first foray into film making, a film we hope will in part bring awareness to the youth cancer survivor community. With any new project it is important to get solid advice from experienced sources, particularly in how to seek and obtain different kinds of funding and donations.

Enter: Fractured Atlas. A friend of Sarah’s recommended this organization after having worked with Fractured Atlas to get her NYC based theater company, Down Payment Productions, up and running. Fractured Atlas is a not for profit group that works with artists in all disciplines and types of projects to more efficiently manage their projects as a business. Accepted applicants are then fiscally sponsored,  gaining access to funding generally available only to non-profit organizations. Fractured Atlas also supports the arts community with a spectrum of resources, from networking and online education to liability insurance.

Through their fiscal sponsorship program, projects such as The Young Invincibles are able to receive benefits similar to non-profit groups. Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce that The Young Invincibles is now able to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions that will make this film a reality. Hooray!

Welcome, Michelle! (our New Media Marketing Manager)

Aaron: Here at The Young Invincibles Sarah and I have been hard at work getting the film off the ground. However, the further along we go in our filmmaking journey, the more work there is for us to do. So, it is time to reach out and expand our team. In that vein, it is my pleasure to announce that Michelle Molina will be coming on board as our New Media Marketing Manager. Michelle will be taking over the day-to-day operations of this website, launching the film on FB, Twitter, and across the web with the goal of expanding The Young Invincibles online presence.

I have known Michelle since Vanilla Ice was cool. Well, maybe not cool but on the radio. Currently, Michelle is a Seattle resident by way of Las Vegas and works with us via Skype. She is a Seattle University grad where she earned an insanely high GPA, has worked as a marketing researcher for Trident Seafoods, a  copy writer for Open Interface North America, and as a communications coordinator with Big Fish Games. I think her own words describe her best, she has “new media ingenuity and dexterity” and is “technology savvy yet socially astute.” I am very excited to have her on board and perhaps even more excited to be able to say we have a certified “Information Tubes Ninja” working with us. Welcome to the team, Michelle! If anyone wants to know more about her, we encourage you to please check out Michelle’s personal blog here.