Just a few days ago I first got in touch with Shah Ullah of the GrayMatter Foundation via Twitter and I immediately liked what these young founders are doing. I believe, innovation is not a question of age at all, it may not be the most common thing when the founders are all still in High School though.
Well, it’s maybe at this age only when you still have the outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to just launch and keep going with a project whereas later in life it naturally happens that you think more before you start.
Long story short, as a bit uncommon projects have always appealed to me and therefore I am happy that Shah agreed on doing a KWestions.
To start with a short summary of what GrayMatter do. The foundation currently focuses on public schools in NYC. Students can ask for projects they would like to see funded. Every single project goes through a verification process before it will be visible on the website. Then, people interested in donating pick their individual project and the donation process happens via paypal. GrayMatter then gets the materials to the students and you as a donor will either get pictures of the students using the materials or a handwritten thank you note.
Although there is of course a process of synchronization and support from the teacher site, the team believe that students themselves know best what students need/want, and that’s why students take the action of asking for projects what I particularly like.
I would also like to emphasize that a 100% of your donation goes to the projects and you should really have a look at the website to learn more about the individual projects or get more information on social media. I absolutely enjoyed our interview as Shah truly believes in GrayMatter and brings over lots of energy, too. I hope, you’ll not only enjoy listening but you may also consider to take the next step.
It is also my pleasure to announce that I was asked by Shah and Jeremy to join the advisory council of GrayMatter Foundation which I gladly accept. I am looking forward to accompany this project and I am sure that we will hear more exciting news from the founders over the coming weeks and months. It’s an honor to be able to take a little part in GrayMatter.