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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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

DI has been a huge part of our kids lives the past couple of years in a very positive and meaningful way. They have learned creative problem solving and maybe more importantly how to work with other kids in small groups. Our family supports WIN / DI 100%.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can still remember the day I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to start participating in Destination Imagination as a second grader. I was ecstatic to have the chance to create stories and dress up in funny costumes with my friends. As I competed in DI for the next eleven years, I learned that I this opportunity was much more important than just dressing up and acting. The skills that I gained in DI have proven to be valuable in college, and I have no doubt that they will be indispensable for my future as a nurse. DI gave me the ability to stay calm and reason my way through stressful situations, confidence to speak effectively in front of people, teamwork skills, sportsmanship, engineering skills, artistic skills, and creativity. These are all skills that I will apply to all aspects of my life. DI was by far the most valuable childhood activity that I participated in.

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!

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.