Xplode Magazine Bolton, the town’s only charity run by young people, for young people has launched an innovative crowdfunding bid to enable them to continue their social action within Bolton.
Xplode was founded in 2011 by former Ladybridge High pupil, 18-year-old Saeed Atcha with the primary objectives for Bolton’s youngsters to realise and achieve their potential whilst increasing their employability skills.
Backed by international telecoms provider, O2, Xplode is one of two projects that have been launched today on what O2 believe is the UK’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to supporting social action ideas: thinkbig.hubbub.net.
Managing Director and Chair Saeed Atcha, says: “It’s so important that we don’t rely on traditional ways and means of raising funds and this opportunity is great because we think it’ll help us raise our profile and fund our activities – with particular emphasis on training young people with soft skills to enable them to be part of our future workforce.”
Mithun Kerai, a volunteer at Xplode says: “Crowdfunding is a way that we can help ourselves as young people – we can tell our story to wider audience and encourage others to invest in our skills and talents to help our community.”
Hayden Taylor of Hubbub.net added “I’m very excited about this partnership as it will give another unique layer of support to projects and enable project creators to explore crowd funding to finance their projects and ventures.”
Xplode publishes thriving teen mag, Xplode Magazine which showcases the writing and design skills of Bolton’s young people and covers youth culture, music, fashion, sport, entertainment, social issues and aims to promote emerging talent. This is the tool in which the young people acquire skills.
The crowdfunding bid can be accessed online at thinkbig.hubbub.net and all pledges are met with a reward.