CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is thrilled to announce that over $1,000 was raised for Scarleteen at CatalystCon this past week!
Dennis chose Scarleteen as the recipient of a fundraiser to be held during the conference weekend and agreed to personally match all donations up to $500 on behalf of CatalystCon. One lucky raffle winner received two nights at the Hilton Long Beach and two registrations to CatalystCon 2013, but more importantly a total of $1,055 was raised for Scarleteen.
Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do.
Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.
Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others meant showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.”
Dennis would like to encourage CatalystCon attendees to continue to contribute to Scarleteen’s mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”