上周，热门摄影博客“人在纽约”的创始人布莱登·斯坦顿首次在Indiegogo上发起众筹活动，筹集的十万美元用于资助布鲁克林区布朗斯维尔Mott Hall Bridges Academy中学的学生，供其参观著名学府哈佛大学。得益于一张“梦想成真”的活动照片，仅过一周，该项目不但远超最初的筹资目标，最终筹资居然跨越百万美元大关。
据报道，该项目旨在帮助那些希望通过自己的努力进入哈佛的学生。组织者写道：“我们要把孩子们送到哈佛！虽然这么说不太准确，但我们要让Mott Hall Bridges Academy中学的孩子们去参观哈佛大学。你可能会问：‘这样做意义大吗？’不过，有时候参观哈佛的意义不仅仅是那么简单。
“Mott Hall Bridges Academy是布鲁克林区布朗斯维尔的一所中学，该地区是纽约城犯罪率最高的地方。对孩子们来说，这儿不是个好地方。因此，他们的校长Nadia Lopez（社交账号是“SuperWoman”）为她的学生们打造了一个方案。
斯坦顿为Mott Bridges Academy一名十三岁的六年级学生——比达尔·沙斯塔内拍摄的照片公布之后，在Facebook上吸引了包括哈佛管理人员在内的众多人的关注，照片浏览量更是达到一百多万。
Last week, Brandon Stanton, the face behind the popular photography blog Humans of New York, debuted its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $100,000 to send the students of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn to prestigious university, Harvard. Now after only one week, the project has not only surpassed its initial goal, it has raised over $1 million dollars thanks to a new picture that has gone virtual.
Previously, Crowdfund Insider reported the campaign was to help those students be able to say that they have made their ways to the grounds of Harvard. The project’s organizers wrote, “We’re going to send kids to Harvard! Well, not exactly. But we are going to send the students of Mott Hall Bridges Academy to visit Harvard. ‘What’s the big deal?’ you ask. Thanks for asking. Sometimes a visit is more than just a visit to Harvard.
“Mott Hall Bridges Academy is a middle school located in Brownsville, Brooklyn – the neighborhood with the highest crime rate in New York City. It’s not the best place to be a kid. So Principal Nadia Lopez, aka SuperWoman, has a plan for her Brownsville middle schoolers.
“At the beginning of the year, she wants to accompany the incoming 6th grade class on a tour of Harvard. Since many of her scholars have never left New York, she wants them to know what it feels like to stand on the campus of one of the world’s top schools, and know that they belong. She thinks the experience will broaden their horizons and expand their idea of their own potential.”
Business Insider revealed that a photo Stanton took of Vidal Chastanet, a 13-year-old who is a sixth grader at Mott Bridges Academy. The picture captured the eyes over 1 million Facebook viewers, including Harvard’s administration.
Explaining his excitement for the Harvard visit, Chastanet said, “If you’re from Brownsville, they don’t expect you to be much in life. They don’t expect you to have a quality education; they don’t expect you to know what you’re doing. They expect you to fail. They don’t want you to become anything that you want to be.
“I realized that if I want to do anything in life, as Lopez said, I have to learn how to be better. It doesn’t matter about the past and present; you must focus on the future. Your future is what you set it to be in your mind.”