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Barbara N
616 W 137TH ST
(Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, NYC)
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Upping the ante!

the project

Please contribute towards the production of this free children’s book (0-6yrs) about the value of community activism. It will be distributed at neighborhood events free of charge. 

Drawing on the true experience of the Proyecto de Embellecimiento 137th Street Beautification Project which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2020, the book aims to inspire the newest generation of engaged citizens.

The picture book offers a lively and interactive way to talk with young children about community involvement and how ANYBODY can be the spark in their neighborhood. The "Tips for Getting Started" at the end of the book are amassed from Barbara’s outreach experience. The upbeat illustrations by NYC artist Juliette Borda are a sneak peek of the fun that’s to come.

We're currently raising $6,000 towards this children's book project; This will fund half of the illustrations: 4 single page and 3 full spread. Please see budget tab for more detailed breakdown.

A generous grant from Partnerships for Parks earlier this year kicked off the book project and resulted in the first gorgeous illustrations you see above!

the steps

May-June & August-Sept, 2021: Fundraise for the Illustrator's fee in two campaigns; Create illustrations on a rolling basis.

November-December, 2021: Fundraise for the printing costs, finalize graphic design and submit for printing.

February-June, 2022: Distribute finished book for free at community events, via Community Boards, Borough President Offices, Mayor’s Office, volunteer events, and word of mouth.

why we're doing it

Neighborhood action can start with YOU!!! It’s as simple as that.

Engaged citizens are the underpinning of a healthy democracy and offer a counterpoint in an era of increasing globalization, corporate takeover, worker disenfranchisement and ecological degradation. Starting local is a great way to begin, whether it’s in your building, on your block or in your city.

This book provides caregivers and their children a starting point for conversations about the value of good citizenship.


We are currently raising $6000 towards the total budget for our project, outlined below. These children's books will be gifted to any community event organizers, to be distributed free of charge. 

Total Cost for the project = $14,132:

Illustrator fee (5 full spreads; 9 single pages) - $11,400.

Printing costs (1,000 booklets, 8" x 8" softcover by PrintingCenterUSA, Montana, USA) - $2,367.

Copyright fee - $45.

ISBN number - $320

Updated Budget 4.7.2021

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Original Budget: 

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.


Upping the ante!

Hi all you rockstars!

We originally set out to raise $6,000, with the intention to hold a a second fundraiser later in the year. This campaign has been so successful that we are increasing the goal by $600, to a total of $6,604 (including ioby fee). Raising the goal now will enable us to pay our illustrator another half page illustration at this time.

Please enjoy another wonderful illustrion by the fantastic Juliette Borda (




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