The Beginning of InvisiYouth
After incorporating in March, InvisiYouth launched to the world as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in June with its earliest programs and message of empowerment and diverse representation of young adult chronic illness/disabilities. The Spotlight Story Program started and we began spreading our platform across newspapers, press releases and blogs around the United States and our first international connection, England.
Go Global and Host Events
From dance fundraisers, a capella university shows, children’s hospitals and supporting adapting sporting events, InvisiYouth began to connect to the community of young adults with health struggles. In October, InvisiYouth hosted its first set of Invisi-Events, multi-city events across the US and England with all chronically ill/disabled young people in attendance and connecting on social media during the day.
Fundraising and Adaptive Sports
InvisiYouth’s growth of virtually activism continues. Founder Dominque travels to England Canada to set up connections to other nonprofits and meet young people of our volunteering. We gained two celebrity ambassadors, ESPN correspondent and Paralympic Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen, and British disability activist and Coronation Street and Grantchester actress Melissa Jons. In August, InvisiYouth partnered with the first adaptive triathlon, Superhero Tricks, with its own team that fundraised for the nonprofit.
Launch our Leadership Program & Video Podcast Chat Show, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions
The beginning of InvisiYouth’s new wave, February launched our first Global Brand Leaders Program with youth activists with chronic illness/disability doing outreach and fundraising with us. And, May brought the first virtual program of our nonprofit, InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: Video Podcast Chat Show, bringing life-improving advice and life stories forward. Plus, InvisiYouth celebrated its 3rd year as a Top-Rated Nonprofit.
Expansion & Give Back Challenge
InvisiYouth’s community of young people in utilizing our programming and gaining aid to thrive in their lives expanded to Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Australia. Our young adults got creative in building “hangout fundraisers” and donating portions of sales on some of their own products like cards, shirts and bracelets. And InvisiYouth deciphered its platform as “subtle activism” for what we coined as our “medically adult-ish”™ population and resources. In December, we launched our first, and successful, fundraiser activism campaign, InvisiYouth Give Back Challenge.
Virtual Growth, Documentary, & Rise of Partnerships
After a successful UK documentary feature in The Dark Horse, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit & we paused our in-person podcasting to switch to Quarantine Coffee Break IG Lives. But InvisiYouth kept growing. Our community expanded to New Zealand and our virtual outreach solidified with fundraising. We set up a new campaign, Give Back Grid, and announced our partnership with beauty brand, I’m 4 Love.
InvisiYouth Charity Shop & Solidify Empowerment
As our virtual activism and programs and leadership strengthen, InvisiYouth stabilizes as a platform, empowering daily life improvement of teens and young adults with chronic illness/disability. We partnered with streetwear brand Nice Genes as a charitable supporter. In November, we launched InvisiYouth Charity Shop, exclusive to Etsy, with our Subtle Activism Color-Block bracelets. They’re made by chronically/disabled young people and 100% is donated to our programs.
Galaxy Glossary, Audio Flash Files, Life Guidesheets, Volunteer Program & Galaxy Hub
It’s InvisiYouth 2.0! After three years of behind-the-scenes research and development, InvisiYouth relaunches with six resources to join its updated and revised programming. All digital-based, our revised volunteer program, community newsletter, new podcast audio resource and two new digital download, all aim to support young people with tools and activism to thrive in daily life with health struggles.