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The Mars Generation has the chance to make space history–but we need your help! Our deadline is February 28, so we are on a countdown for the next few days!
This opportunity comes from the ecommerce platform Shift4Shop.com, has announced that they are sending the world’s first all-civilian mission to space. The Inspiration4 mission will raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and represents a new era of human spaceflight and exploration.
One of the 4 seats on this first-of-its-kind mission will go to the winner of the Inspiration4 Contest. To enter, a business needs a representative with a desire to go to space and who is willing to create and upload a video to Twitter for judging. The videos are being judged on how viral they are, how entertaining they are, and how inspirational their entrepreneur’s story is.
We think Abby (our co-founder and president) is the perfect candidate to win this contest and become part of this historic mission. She has worked tirelessly for a decade to reach her own dreams of space travel, but more than that, she has shared it publicly with so many others. Abby’s sharing of her own journey has led to her building an amazing community online. While many would use that following for their own benefit, Abby has always been about giving back, donating 100% of her earnings from speaking, brand influencer work, book royalties, and more to The Mars Generation to help us reach our mission. Our mission has always been to inspire people to dream big and reach for their own Mars, so Abby and the Mars Generation are the perfect fit for this contest!
How You Can Help
You can support The Mars Generation in sending Abby to space by sharing her #Inspiration4Contest entry on Twitter with as many people as you can. Watch her video, then please retweet, share it on Facebook, DM your friends with the link, do whatever you can to spread the word. Abby’s journey started on Twitter, and now we are calling on the Twitter community who have been so loyal and supportive over the past decade to help Abby graduate from an “Aspiring Astronaut” to a real Astronaut!
Watch Abby’s contest entry video here! Then like, comment, retweet, quote retweet on a different day to spread the word!
Why do this? Because this is where the contest is happening and the “viral” nature of this video is being judged solely on what happens to this video. We need views, and Twitter’s algorithm prioritizes tweets with a lot of interaction to show to even more people! So please go to Twitter now (even without an account, your view still counts) and help us make history.
You don’t even have to be on Twitter to help! Share the link to Abby’s tweet on Facebook and encourage others to view the video and retweet!
Make sure to also post in any groups or pages you’re involved in!
Please remind people that they can click the link and watch the video even if they don’t have a Twitter account to help get Abby more views. Let’s empower women to be the first and take a front seat in history. Become an advocate today!
If you have more than 10,000 followers on Instagram, you can share the contest video link in stories, so grab a screenshot of the Tweet, add the link in your story, tell people to “swipe up to view” and you’re good to go! If you have fewer than 10,000, you can still post about it and tag @themarsgeneration and @astronautabbyofficial!
You can even link Abby’s tweet on LinkedIn! Share with the people you’re connected to and get them excited!
Make sure you’re posting to different groups or networks you’re a part of! T
his is an amazing opportunity to empower women and accomplish more representation in space travel, and we know people will want to hear about it!
Text, Email, Direct Messenger
Share Abby’s tweet with your contacts, whether it’s over text, email, direct message, or What’sApp!
Your getting the word out and sharing Abby’s story is what will ultimately help her make history as the youngest astronaut to ever go to space!
Support the Cause
Not only will you be helping launch Abby to space, but you will help support a truly worthy cause here on Earth. You can visit Abby’s ecommerce Shift4Shop #LetsLaunchAbby website here for an opportunity to pick up one of 20 inspirational Dream Big web chats with Abby by donating $100. Every donation made in the LetsLaunchAbby.com store goes 100% to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
A donation of $100 will receive a one-hour inspirational group web chat via Zoom with Astronaut Abby. This chat may be set up for any group of students, including schools, classrooms, organizations, etc. of your choice. This is a way to help advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, while also inspiring groups of students to dream big–a mission The Mars Generation has been working toward for years!
The Mars Generation Mission
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, founded in 2015, with a goal of providing resources and role models to young people whose backgrounds are typically underrepresented in STEM fields. Some of the ways we do this is through scholarships, as well as youth leadership and awards programs. To date we have sent more than 45 kids who lack financial resources to Space Camp USA on full paid scholarships (including transportation. Our use of social media and reliance on social revenue is also part of what makes The Mars Generation so innovative and unique. Over the years, we’ve created an enormous amount of digital content for parents, teachers and students, including a YouTube learning channel, blogs, and the use of social media to provide ongoing outreach. We work tirelessly to empower young people (and all people) to dream big, reach for their own stars and work to be the change they wish to see in the world!
All of this came to be because Abby had a message about hope for the future and the drive to share it. That message, coupled with the power of social media, was amplified and became a feedback loop to fund our work and spread our inspirational mission further! We don’t just want to see Abby achieve her big dreams of space–we want to see all young people find their own Mars and inspire them to achieve goals they never thought possible.
We’re working to change the narrative of who can be a scientist and what a scientist looks like. As Abby prepares to take this big step as the youngest person ever to go to space, she will not only make history, but she will also bring everyone along on the journey. Abby achieving her mission of going to space proves that no dream is too big or out of reach, and being young doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of changing the world!
Help Us Make History!
We know that space hasn’t just been a dream of Abby’s–it’s been a dream of an entire generation who has been following her story, and now we’re closer than ever to achieving that dream!
So, what do you say? Do you think The Mars Generation deserves to be elevated to the stars and beyond? Do you want to help us make history and in the process inspire generations to believe that no dream is too big?