The emotional roller coaster I have been riding this week has been an extreme reminder of how far outside my comfort zone I am operating right now. There is a quote I have seen many times that goes something like…your desires have to outweigh your fears before your dreams can be attained.
I do daily battle with all of those fears (I won’t include the very long list, here) because I recognize how very important this project is for so many people, especially all of those unhappy kids who think they have to endure X number of years, before they can go out and live their passions. But, sometimes I get lost in the struggles of the multiple details related to starting a Not For Profit and lose sight of all of that awesomeness that is going to be at the other end.
I am committed to keeping the vision clear and to nurturing the creative side of this process, if only to make sure I don’t get mired down in the process and lose the joy.
Progress this Past Week:
It almost feels anti-climatic, but after considering some questions that came up about the Articles of Incorporation, we have decided it is ready to be filed. I will print it and send it out to the State of New York Department of State, on Monday. In a few weeks, we will learn if our application has been accepted making Whole Learners Inc. (the corporate name for Deep Root Center) a non-profit entity in New York State. Feel free to insert cheers, high fives, or any other celebratory action, here.
Kara, a St. Lawrence Communications major, responded to the ad on SLUWire that we were looking for a student to build our website. I met with her Wednesday afternoon and gave her all of the info to get started, including access to the Google Site that I started months ago. She has never created a website before, but has experience with layout. She is willing to give it a try and will let me know by Monday, if she is comfortable taking on the whole project
In news about our possible site, the Director of Canton Day Care has a few questions after talking to the licensor for the center; we will meet sometime next week. Her board would also like me to present at their next meeting.
On Friday, I spoke with Michelle at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center. She provided me with a guide to create a business plan. She is also available for any support and hand-holding I will undoubtedly be needing.
The By Laws are written (it helps that, we only needed to change the name on Princeton Learning Cooperatives version.)
If we can get all of our ducks in a row in the next couple weeks, the Center will open in January with a Pilot Program.
They say the best way to get what you need, is to ask…
We are looking for someone who is an accountant or who understands the legalities of finances and taxes, to volunteer their services to this endeavor. If you are that person, please contact me.
Please continue to talk this up. If you hear of a kid who is unhappy in their current educational situation, please mention Deep Root Center and pass on our contact information. Thank you.
sun spots on the stream
Next Steps: (I would welcome help on any of these items)
Start writing the business plan
Follow up on website design
Continue to develop and write outreach blurbs
Make business cards
Follow up on the Canton Daycare site