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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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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing, real world experience for kids of all ages. When I watched my daughters work with thier team mates and be forced to generate fast ideas and then present them in a team environment I was so impressed. I have not seen a student organization like this. No parent involvement, just the kids thinking on their own. IF you ever get a chance to see the scenes, or the engineering structures kids in 2nd, 3rd and on create, it really is incredible. Then to watch my oldest daughter compete at globals was an unforgettable experience. To complete, interact with kids from all over the world was something she is working hard to do again. It is open to everyone and many teams stay together all the way into high school and we met several teams even in college. Talk about fun!