There are many reasons to build escape rooms, but Coach Ty Cobb (not the baseball player!) is the only person we’ve met building them specifically to empower our youth by teaching through immersive, theatrical experiences.
We first met Coach Ty in 2019. We were instantly drawn in by his passion, energy, and intensity. He believes in the power of play so much that he is channeling it toward societal change.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting Coach Ty’s mission by donating to his current campaign. Here’s how you can help, and why it matters.
Coach Ty Cobb is channeling the immersive arts to empower inner city youth to help other younger inner city youth by creating a safe and exciting environment to hang out in and engaging programs that they – the youth – are ultimately in charge of.
Learn more on this website… where you’ll also see our quote in support of this mission.
In Coach Ty’s Words
Here in Memphis, there are a lot of articles and social media posts about people not going to restaurants or other entertainment outings because of fear of crime. When our next facility is built, we will be able to pay 1,250 high school Interns to train over 10,000 at-risk youth, once a week. Each week the training takes place at urban schools and once a month the youth come to the CoreFire themed facility to experience fun, immersive missions in the escape rooms.
CoreFire Commandos elementary and CoreFire Commandos high school: The CoreFire Commando comic book rescue team inspire individuals experiencing a catastrophe, oppression, or injustice to be their own hero. All escape room missions are themed around being part of the CoreFire Commando rescue team. The Commandos are ordinary people who have gone through extraordinary training.
My hope is that through your introduction we’ll rally some escape room enthusiasts around the idea of adding escape rooms to community centers in under resourced neighborhoods.
Current donations now going toward the production of the next video that will be used to not only tell the story of “youth inspiring youth” but the video will also be used to kick off the capital campaign for our next facility.
This video is a vehicle to get five student Interns (under-resourced, urban youth) to make a presentation to a high-end donor capable of making a multi-million-dollar lead gift to kick off the capital campaign. These “Lead Gift” meetings/ presentations will be filmed and be part of the documentary telling the origin story about this new way to inspire at-risk youth, focusing on teaching through immersive experiences.
Room Escape Artist donated earlier this week. Please join us in supporting Coach Ty’s mission to bring escape rooms to community centers in under resourced neighborhoods.*
*If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about potentially making a truly substantial gift, please contact us, and we will put you in touch with Coach Ty Cobb directly. He has a lot of more detailed documentation available about the project.