First of all, if you’ve never heard of Brandon Stanton or his project Humans of New York, do yourself a favour and take a look. After Stanton lost his job as a bonds trader in 2010, he decided to pursue photography full time. In Brandon’s words, “I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind, but somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs.”
On January 19, Stanton posted a photo of a boy named Vidal with a caption.
A few days later, Brandon went to go find Ms. Lopez.
Brandon spent the afternoon with Ms. Lopez and her Assistant Principal Ms. Achu brainstorming ideas about how Humans of New York could help Mott Hall Bridges Academy. They decided to create a fund that will provide every incoming 6th grade class a chance to visit Harvard University.
I want every child who enters my school to know that they can go anywhere, and that they will belong
– Ms. Lopez
Within the first 24 hours, they had raised enough money to make the Harvard trip a permanent part of the MHBA curriculum. When the funds reached $700,00, Stanton announced that all further funds would be used to start a scholarship called The Vidal Scholarship Fund, and the first recipient will be Vidal.
The fund has reached over $1.1M just 9 days after it began, with another 9 days to go. Visit the Indiegogo page to donate.