Caine’s Arcade and The Imagination Foundation

The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.

If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s an inspiring and on-going story of a developing non-profit dedicated to fostering creativity in children. It’s also about a cool young kid who inspired the whole enterprise with his cardboard boxed fun arcade.

In a time where arts, music and project-based learning are in short supply, it’s great to see organization like this.

On the last day of summer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick went to buy a door handle for his ’96 Corolla. He pulled into a random used auto parts store in Boyle Heights, where he met Caine Monroy, an enterprising 9-year-old boy who had taken over the front of his dad’s auto parts store with an elaborate arcade made from recycled cardboard boxes. Caine asked Nirvan to play his arcade, offering 4 turns for $1 or 500 turns for a $2 Funpass. Nirvan bought the Funpass.

Goals of The Imagination Foundation

1. Instill Creative Thinking as a Core Skill and Social Value
Give kids the tools to develop as creative thinkers who can take on the jobs of the future, seek innovative and resourceful solutions, tackle social issues and find happiness.

2. Give Kids Opportunities to Create and Learn Based on their Passions
Help children find and develop their passions through play, hands-on learning and supportive communities. Design scalable Project-Based Learning programs that can be used by a wide range of communities.

3. Foster a Community of Creative Makers
Develop an engaged community (local and global) of young makers, parents, storytellers and educators who can share with, learn from, and inspire one another.

4. Introduce Social Entrepreneurship at a Young Age
Show kids how their enterprising spirit can have a positive impact on their community and how they can change the world for the better.

5. Use Storytelling to Celebrate Exceptional Kids and Inspire Communities
Find, document and share amazing stories of creative kids like Caine to inspire wonder, possibility, and engagement

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1 Response to Caine’s Arcade and The Imagination Foundation

  1. Caine’s dad encouraged him to “just build it,” and a community came together to foster this child’s creativity and support his dream. The result was something magical. We want the Imagination Foundation and the Global Cardboard Challenge to pass that same empowering message to every young person around the globe, promoting creative thinking as a core social value, and giving them the opportunity to create around their own interests. Together, we can inspire kids to build the world they can imagine, and imagine the world they can build.

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