Welcome to Hope IRL’s first issue. We are so excited that you’ve found us. This magazine is a project of Hopelab, a small nonprofit social innovation lab based in San Francisco that works with young people to co-create technology products that improve health and happiness. It’s a pretty rad place. Every day, we get to build cool products and work with amazing young people like you. And every day we’re hearing your stories. The experiences you’re having are incredible. We’re fascinated by what’s going on in your lives.
Hope IRL is a place to share those stories.
When our editorial team first sat down to talk about what Hope IRL would look like, we all agreed on our vision: create a magazine by young people, for young people. It’s a no-brainer; your voices are so strong and meaningful. We want to hold close to our core values for this magazine, and will try our best to embrace your authentic voices, promote a community built on trust, and make it stylish AF.
This magazine is for you—the rebels, the changemakers, the peacekeepers, the entrepreneurs, the extroverts, the quiet ones, he, her, they, and everyone in between. It’s a digital and print collection of stories about the things that make us human and give us hope. Join us in this experiment we’re calling Hope IRL.