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Washington Imagination Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: To build lifelong learning and problem solving skills in young people; To enhance confidence of young people while they learn to utilize their own abilities and those of their team members to solve complex problems; To teach young people through discovery and development of their talents; to demonstrate that there is no one right way to solve a problem and that the learning comes in the process of solving the problem.

Results: Over 1,400 Washington students participated in DI last year. 10,000 hours of volunteer time were provided for administrative and logistical support for our annual tournaments. 25,000 volunteer hours were donated by individual Team Managers to teach the children the skills needed to compete and, ultimately, solve real-life challenges.

Target demographics: School-age youth, pre-K to college

Direct beneficiaries per year: 320 teams or more than 1,500 students

Geographic areas served: Washington State

Programs: Destination Imagination- Fostering creative problem-solving skills and innovation in youth by providing them with challenges, tournaments and positive environments for experimentation and growth.

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Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Peg B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Destination ImagiNation and WIN supported create problem solving for over 20 years taking on many roles including appraiser, team manager, challenge master and regional director. All 3 of my sons have participated on teams. My husband and sons continue to support the program through volunteering. It has been a joy watching my sons and the many children and adults I've met take on the challenges learning to work cooperatively and exploring their creative sides. When we step back as adults and give the children the freedom to take on the challenge themselves, the kids are amazing and the skills they learn benefit us all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated as a student competitor from 2000, the first year of Destination Imagination when I was a 5th grader, until 2006 when I was a senior in high school. Since then I've also volunteered as an appraiser and hope to get involved again after I finish grad school. DI gave me a passion for learning and exploring that I have never lost. I loved my time in the program and learned many lessons ranging from teamwork, to working with tools, to artistic skills, to the most important lesson DI teaches you, how to work hard to solve problems creatively while having a positive attitude. The skills I learned in DI allowed me to excel in my studies at college and gave me the passion for problem solving that has helped me become an engineer. Because of the creative problem solving skills I learned in DI, I ended up being an intern for NASA in college and am now pursuing my PhD in engineering! I cannot thank the volunteers who set up the program enough for everything they did to make DI such an amazing program that has had a huge positive influence in my life!

Pam_27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with DI, and Washington Imagination Network (WIN) since my son asked to join a team when he was in the 4th grade. Since then, our whole family has been involved -- both children were on teams, and my son, 13 years later, is still volunteering as an appraiser for DI. My husband and I have both volunteered most of those 13 years. Kid in DI learn so much -- team-work, but also the joy of self- motivated learning. They gain confidence in the face of challenging problems. It has been a pleasure to volunteer for this organization -- I have learned so much about working with others, and had a great time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Destination Imagination both as a client and as a volunteer for the past 12 years. This organization has helped me grow in so many ways-- academically, mentally, socially-- as well as it has given me a greater appreciation of giving back to my community. The creativity that it fosters builds so much on a child's academic experience in a way that cannot be acheived in the classroom, and it provides so many opportunities for children of all different levels and strengths to grow. I am so thankful to be a part of this organization both as a participant and as a volunteer and will continue to be involved for many years to come.

Kitty G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Destination Imagination is the best program ever! I hope someday to see the future of education based on a DI model, where kids learn the value of team work, problem solving, and creative thinking. The world needs more DI because it helps to create innovation and hands on problem solving, while also teaching people how to work together and draw on each others strengths. If you can do Di, you can do anything.

McFamily

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family became involved in DI, through the Washington Imagination Network (WIN), two years ago when our daughter joined a team. Her experience gave her challenges in a way she felt she could tackle in the most fun ways. She enjoyed it so much that she begged her dad to be a Team Manager last year (and again this year!) What DI does for kids is AMAZING. These kids get to put their ideas into action without us parents getting in the middle of it. In two years, our daughters have made huge strides in their ability to work with others, problem solve, and to really think outside the box. Schools don't often have the time or resources for kids to fully let loose with ideas and DI provides that outlet where critical thinking explodes and real world application is made by implementing their ideas. Also, having volunteered at local workshops, WIN does an incredible job of bringing the community in to support these kids, and they provide relevant, practical and thoughful support to the volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son will be participating in Destination Imagination (Washington Imagination Network) for his fourth year this year! This program is an amazing opportunity to all kids who want to explore creativity, teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition! Bonus: it's fun & Bonus: no parent involvement allowed! Not only do the kids learn an insurmountable amount about themselves, we parents learn how to step back, shut up, and watch the magic that is our child's unique, unbridled, energy. It has been nothing short of amazing watching a group of over-active boys at the age of 8/9 work through complex challenges ALL ON THEIR OWN. The transformation within each year of increased skills socially & scientifically (to name a few) is truly remarkable. Now the kids & parents look back on the last few years and shake our heads in disbelief at the accomplishments and growths. These are immeasurable. These are tools for life. We can only imagine what their team will be doing in six more years when they are participating as seniors! Oh, yes - they have made a pact to continue all the way through! DI must never cease to exist! It is too important, too inspiring, & too meaningful.

Susie7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Washington Imagination Network is the state affiliate for Destination Imagination. I am a long time board member and parent of three kids who participated and thrived in the program. The DI program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. My kids learned patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas. They loved the opportunity to collaborate with other kids while learning how to solve problems by themselves. I have watched many kids blossom with confidence after participating in this program. This program needs financial support because all funding from the State Legislature was cut in June 2011. We want to keep membership fees low in an effort to keep this wonderful program affordable for all kids in the state of Washington.