This video was sent along to me earlier in the week and it’s the type of thing that makes you sort your thinking and emotions.
It’s full of sadness, poignancy, creativity, and hope all at the same time.
“Help Asher Get to Skool” is a crowd sourced video campaign to garner financial support so that Asher can attend the Arthur Morgan School where he feels safe, accepted, and able to learn. He understands school fit.
An appeal by a fourteen year old to go off to a boarding school? I hear the cogs turning in reader’s minds; what’s the catch?
Asher is transgender and struggles to find acceptance.
Some of Asher’s writings on the matter:
“Hi! I’m Asher, I’m fourteen, and I’m transgender. I’m raising money to get to this really awesome Quaker boarding school in North Carolina:
Being fourteen isn’t easy, not for anyone. Puberty, middle school, and all that crazy stuff. For trans kids like me, it’s even more complicated. At two, I found this out about myself. This has never been easy at my other schools, but luckily, my mom has been very supportive and has learned a lot about trans issues over the years. I am so grateful for this…
…The school I currently go to is not a great fit for me. I think they try to be good allies to me, but they don’t know much about trans stuff, and I don’t feel safe coming out as trans when most of the teachers and staff are not so prepared to support me. This makes it much harder for me to make good, trusting friendships with kids at school, so I wind up feeling pretty isolated…
As I’ve been looking for a way to create a better future for myself, I found this place called Arthur Morgan, a small boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I got to go visit a couple months ago and it was everything I hoped for and more!
…Although the school has never had an out trans student before, they’re very excited about welcoming me to the community. The staff is doing workshops to learn how to be good allies for me, and any other trans kids they get in the future. I really feel like this sort of outdoor education within a small community will bring out the best in me, and help me build a solid foundation for the rest of my life…”(HAGS)
As of this writing, Asher met his $13,000 goal with 6 days left in his campaign.
Talk about initiative; knowing oneself and working to make something happen…