Brooklyn Center D&D Club

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Raised by 93 people in 13 months

I recently helped start a D&D Club within Brooklyn Center School District—a low-income, underserved district just north of Minneapolis, MN.

Brooklyn Center High School faces many problems that most urban public schools face, but is just outside of the city district, so it often lacks the resources to address the problems.

Just a few numbers to give you a snapshot of Brooklyn Center School District:
Total enrollment: 2028
White: (16%)
Black: (43%)
Hispanic: (22%)
Asian: (17%)
American Indian: (1%)

Special populations
English learner: (21%)
Free/reduced lunch: (80%)

The school is very diverse, low-income, and underperforming. My friend Robert, a teacher in the High School, and I think D&D can help engage students in the Middle School and High School.

Primarily, we want to give students an opportunity to participate in a meaningful after-school program. For students who are not interested in sports, Brooklyn Center has very little to offer by way of after-school extracurricular programs. We want to provide a space for students to explore themselves and build healthy relationships with each other in an atmosphere that allows their confidence and self-esteem to flourish.

Second, we want to increase Math, Reading, and Science proficiencies by building their school curriculum into Adventurers League modules. This will take time and lots of collaboration with teachers, but we think it is possible once we get the students familiar with how to play D&D.

The idea to start the club was born when Robert saw two students trying to play D&D with rules from YouTube, free dice apps, and pennies as minis. He told them that he could show them how to play properly and put up signs around school to see if others would join.

Initially, we had 15 students verbally committed to join us, but within a few weeks we had 25 students!

Wizards of the Coast has graciously donated about $2,000 worth of books, dice, stickers and starter kits! However, the club still needs money for minis, grids, and gear for live streaming our sessions. Please help!

Thank you!

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WotC came through! Thank you!
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First day ever. Kids were so eager to learn and play, but we only had one PHB and one set of dice.
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First sessions with resources donated by Wizards of the Coast! Kids were so appreciative as we had to share one PHB before this.
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Michael Foster
13 months ago

I also would be willing to help

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Steve Kregel
13 months ago

Let me know if you need a DM. I work in the North metro and would love to help out!

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Raised by 93 people in 13 months
Created January 11, 2017
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MK
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Max K.
8 months ago

Keep up the awesome work! Greetings from South Carolina!

GT
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12 months ago
IO
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Isaac Ozer
13 months ago

Greetings from New Mexico! Hope you all reach your goal!

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Anonymous
13 months ago
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13 months ago
RS
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Rebecca Sczepanski
13 months ago

This is exactly the kind of thing I've been saying about RPGs for years now. They teach valuable skills like social interaction, teamwork, problem-solving, and creative thinking, and it's so fun the kids line up to try it and don't think of it as "schoolwork." There's no reason you couldn't incorporate chemistry, math, English, and other skills as well. Best of luck, guys!

Michael Foster
13 months ago

I also would be willing to help

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Steve Kregel
13 months ago

Let me know if you need a DM. I work in the North metro and would love to help out!

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