In the midst of all the hardship and hurt we’re trying to live with right now, check out this completely rad program. In a nutshell:
The Octavia Project uses girls’ passion in science fiction, fantasy, fan-fiction, and gaming to teach them skills in science, technology, art, and writing, equipping them with skills to dream and build new futures for themselves and their communities.
I mean, right? Through free summer programs, teenage girls in Brooklyn will connect creativity and critical thinking with engineering, programming, and other STEM-skills, while working with women in science and tech. And, yes, the name is inspired by who you think it is:
Our inspiration and namesake is Octavia E. Butler, who broke barriers in writing and science fiction to become an award-winning and internationally recognized author (Kindred, Lilith’s Brood). We are inspired by her visions of possible futures and commitment to social justice.
They’re trying to raise $12k by May 1, and are just over halfway there. I’ve already put my money where my mouth is, because I know they’re gonna fucking rock this shit. Support them through IndieGoGo, spread the word here or elsewhere, watch this video of N. K. Jemisin talking about why this matters, or come to the launch party Wednesday 4/29 in Brooklyn.