Student organization strives to turn the self-indulgent photo trend into loans for third-world students.
No matter how you feel about selfies (or how many you’ve secretly taken), it is hard to deny that they have a cultural impact. Students at Brigham Young University in Utah are trying to harness the narcissistic habit to help those in need as the Selfie Police. All donations go direct to Vittana, a Seattle-based organization that provides student loans to college-aged kids in developing countries.
The students developed the idea when they thought about how they could get people of their generation to donate, saying that selfie-takers “owe humanity a dollar.” Co-creator Chas Barton said:
When we first came up with the idea we were trying to think of how to engage our generation in giving. It’s tricky because we’re such a selfish generation, so the question we asked was not how do we make our generation charitable, but how do we turn selfishness into charity.
The organization also encourages donors to police the selfie-taking activity of their friends by commenting on their photos with the hashtag “#selfiepolice” The website even has a “Most Wanted” section, highlighting some of the most prominent seflies on Instagram. At the time of writing, the group raised over $1,500 and continue with their mission, one selfie at a time.
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