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Howard Student Seeks Support

August 4, 2009
    This post was written by Lindsay Martin and posted at her request. Content not associated with The Hilltop.

    Lindsay Martin to Launch Validation Shoes at Howard University

      Validation Shoes to provide college students the opportunity to give back to younger students in communities neighboring their college campuses.  This is accomplished via purchasing customizable footwear.
      Washington, DC, August 4, 2009- CEO, Lindsay Martin, a junior, Mechanical engineering major at Howard, announced Validation Shoes’ entry in the Business Idea Contest. is a website where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them. Martin needs VOTES from the Howard University community in order to win. The competition ends September 30, 2009. If Validation Shoes wins, Validation Shoes will launch fall 2009 at Howard University.
      Validation Shoes will provide affordable, customizable footwear to college students. At the same time, these students will have the opportunity to give back to children attending public schools in communities neighboring their college campuses. As a result of an ailing economy, many families are struggling to provide simple necessities such as school supplies for their children. As a result, children are going to school unprepared and discouraged. Validation Shoes has set out on a mission to aid families struggling to provide adequate supplies for their child through their “BO2GO Campaign.” “BO2GO” simply means, “Buy One 2 Give One.” For each pair of shoes sold, a book bag filled with school supplies will be donated to a child in need on behalf of the customer.
    “Validation Shoes was created to meet the needs of the average college student. Naturally, every college student wants to establish their own identity. An outlet for this need is through one’s footwear. The only set-back is that customizable shoes offered by established brands exceed the budget of the average college student. We offer customizable shoes made of the same quality materials, as name brand shoes, at a fraction of the price!”                            
                                                                          -Lindsay Martin, CEO, Validation Shoes 

   The shoes are called “Valids.” Valids are low-cut canvas shoes that can be customized in over 50 colors. Customizing elements include the canvas base, midsole, and eyelets. Each pair retails for $24.99 and can be purchased at the Howard University Blackburn Student Center. With a Validation Shoes Sales Representatives located conveniently on campus, students do not have to wait the usual 6 to 10 business days to receive their shoes. They can order and pick up their Valids on the way to class giving them more time to focus on other important aspects of their collegiate experience. At the time of each purchase, customers will have the opportunity to write a short letter, offering words of inspiration, to the child receiving their donation. The letter will accompany the book bag when presented to the child. Donations are given quarterly (every three months) at “Book Bag Drop-off Days,” which take place at the school chosen to receive donations that quarter. After each Book Bag Drop-off, each customer will receive an e-mail containing a photo of the child that received their donation. Purchasing Valids allows students to experience self-validation in continuing a legacy of scholars.

   Martin needs support from the Howard University Community in order to help children in the Washington Metro Area and see her vision fulfilled.

Voting is easy and can be completed by following these steps:

  1. Type this into your web browser
  2. Click VOTE (located on right sidebar)
  3. Register (It’s FREE and takes less than 1 minute)
  4. Retrieve confirmation e-mail from your mailbox
  5. Click VOTE again. That’s it!

You can also take it a step further and do one OR both of the following: 

  1. Click “Get your idea button” and post the given widget on your social networking profiles (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogger, Digg, etc.)
  2. Take the attached flyer and post it in a public place (School, Work, Church, Library, etc.) 
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