Research has consistently shown that creativity and imagination are strongly linked to life outcomes.
Creative individuals are constantly curious, highly motivated,
willing to take risks, possess the ability to think outside the square, to combine unusual ideas with more conventional ways of thinking, and to see them to fruition (Csikszentmihalyi, 1998).
In other words, they are perfect for the 21st-century post-industrial economy as it unfolds around us!
Children and young people who will most need to use their creativity and imagination skills as adults are also the least likely to find the environments that encourage such skills.
In Australia, children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised communities start their school journey behind their counterparts and the gap continues to widen throughout their school lives.
That's where we step in.
100 Story Building is a custom-designed creative space for children and young people in Footscray, Melbourne. We use storytelling as the tool to trigger creativity and imagination.
Here young storytellers write, draw, tell, share, record, craft and design their own stories, inspired by the strange creatures and peculiar happenings in the 99 levels below.
The centre is open to all children but we especially focus on children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Melbourne’s west. Our mission is to build their literacy skills, confidence and sense of belonging that are fundamental to future success.
You can view all our programs here.
Since 2009, with the help of our generous supporters, we have helped over 20,000 children and young people expand their imagination, find a voice and become the hero of their own stories. You can view all our past projects here.
Become an Imagination Investor
Help us take still more young storytellers on journeys full of adventure and possibility.
To crowdfund their imaginations, we are putting 99 Levels of the 100 Story Building on SALE!
By buying a level, you won't JUST be making a donation. You will be investing in the imagination and creativity of our young writers, who might become the entrepreneurs, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow.
And in doing so, you will be joining a generous and supportive community of imagination investors, as well as the odd narwhal.
All donations above $2 are tax deductible.
Let the fun begin...
100 Story Building is placing its 99 Levels below the trapdoor on sale for some creative Imagination Investors!
A100 Story Building, we believe there should be no entry-level barriers to children’s imagination and dreams. Hence, we are placing no barriers for YOU to become an Imagination Investor.
You can invest as much as $10,000 and get the key to the Doom Diamond Level. Or as little as $5 to share a room with a many-eyed monster!
You can also pick up a level for $5000, $2000, $1500, $1000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 and $10. Some Levels are exclusive and some are shared between generous Imagination Investors.
All levels are listed as perks on the side.
Buy your level today and receive the key in 3-5 business days. Think we are joking? That’s what bestselling children's author Andy Griffiths thought when he bought the Volcano Island Level.
Look at him now!
We thank Simon, Jeta, Meer, Archie, Augie, Ella, Alana, Angus, Ellie, Darcy, Mia, Brigid and Grade 3 & 4 students of Holy Eucharist Primary School for figuring out the 99 Levels with the help of the Lost and Found notice board on Level 100. We also thank Jessica Wilson and Matt Hobson for bringing their stories to life through their illustrations!
We also thank the creative agency The Royals for helping us put together and launch the campaign!