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  • NSA Career Links

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    Stay up-to-date on the latest news from the National Security Agency – free! This app puts everything NSA – job opportunities, news, and events – in the palm of your hand. NSA carries out some of the Nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities. We intercept, decrypt, and analyze foreign adversaries’ communications. We protect U.S. … more

  • Hire-A-Droid

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    Tracking multiple job search engines seems like too manual a task for the information age. One of the better search assistant apps for mobile runs on Android. Hire-a-Droid’s main strength is it’s interface to multiple job search engines such as LinkUp, SimplyHired, Indeed and CareerBuilder. In December 2010, it reached 100k downloads and is near … more

  • Interview Prep

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    Walk in to your next job interview feeling confident and well-prepared with Interview Prep, an in-depth study aid created by career management experts. Interview Prep systematically walks you through many commonly asked interview questions, and includes interview strategies, suggested answers, and tips on things to avoid. With Interview Prep you can record customized answers, allowing … more

  • USAJOBS

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    USAJOBS is working for America!  The USAJOBS iPhone application puts the power of searching for a Federal job at your fingertips. This application is a companion to USAJOBS.gov, the official job site of the US Federal Government and your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. … more

  • Phonetics Focus

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    When interviewing, correct pronunciation is essential for being understood. It’s also crucial for putting an interviewer at ease. A heavy accent will not necessarily prevent one from landing a job, but it’s hard to think of situations when it would help. Cambridge English Online has a brilliant, if a bit dry, app to help English … more

  • The Resume Builder

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    The Resume Builder on the Beehive.org is a free, easy-to-use, desktop tool which helps you easily create your resume.  Having a good resume and giving employers a distinct impression is critical to find a decent, steady job.  With the tool, you choose which resume template to use: chronological or functional, and type into your personal information, objective, … more

  • JobCompass

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    JobCompass searches millions of jobs, locating and plotting them on a map showing you exactly where the jobs are in relation to a certain location. … more

  • Job Rooster

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    Text message personalized job openings based on a job title, your personal profile and work history. Allows for near real time access to current job postings from an aggregate of websites from indeed.com to theladders.com. Basic service is free to users.  It sends job descriptions in segments and allows the user to accept as much … more

  • Google Tanslate

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    Translate text between more than 60 languages. Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. With Google Translate you can: * Translate text between 63 languages * Translate by speaking the text instead of typing it … more

  • Job Search

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    Find jobs using Indeed, a comprehensive search engine for jobs. In a single search, Indeed offers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. … more

 

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  • Smithsonian Channel

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    Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.  Smithsonian Channel explores … more

  • Zoodle’s Kids Mode

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    Perfect for kids who like to play with your phones. Imagine putting your phone into Kid Mode. This product prevents calls, messing with the address book and most importantly, limits online access to only age-appropriate educational content. Kids can do games and activities selected by Zoodle based on age. … more

  • Alla Breve

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    Multi language vocabulary learning cards that you can customize. Responds to your regular vocabulary and learning needs. Uses the device microphone to allow you to record yourself and work on pronunciation. Has native speakers to let you learn exactly how things are supposed to sound. … more

  • Miss Spell’s Class

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    Miss Spell’s Class is a free original word game that lets players test their spelling skills against the most commonly misspelled words on Dictionary.com. Players must quickly decide whether each of 20 words is spelled correctly or incorrectly, as speed and accuracy count to get to the top of the class! … more

  • All Day Play

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    All Day Play live streams the freshest DJs in the Bay Area. World renowned music tastemakers are now available to you any time and place on AllDayPlay.FM’s streaming radio app. AllDayPlay.FM offers eclectic, uniquely curated music for fans of electronica, hip-hop, soul, and rock. “It’s just not possible to get this kind of feng shui … more

  • Science for fun to go

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    Get kids excited about science by putting fun activities and illustrated e-books right in the palms of their hands. Science Fun To Go is an app chock-full of articles, images, videos, and interesting information about a variety of science topics. “When do chickens have four feet?” Answer: “When there are two of them!” Silly jokes … more

  • Class Buddy – Student Planner

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    Class Buddy Pro: Student planner Schedule management helper for busy school life. . Best-rated, Most-satisfied by users. . Featured in T-mobile’s Top picks. . Featured in AndroidGuys’s 50+ Essential Android Apps for Back-to-School ★ Pro version Due to Android market policy, you will have only 15-minutes refund window. Please check with Demo version before purchase. … more

  • College Search

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    A shakable app that helps you find a school for you based on location, topic of study, and price. It gives you updated information about 4,000 four- and two-year colleges and scholarship information. … more

  • Khan Academy

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    Sal Khan is Bill Gate’s favorite teacher because he can explain just about any subject in a way a student can understand. … more

  • Math Practice – Fun Math!

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    Math Fun! Pro A fun game to practice basic math facts. . Featured in Android Market Jun, 2011 Help your child be familiar with basic concepts through daily practice. ★ Pro version Due to Android market policy, you will have only 15-minutes refund window. Please check with Demo version before purchase. For demo, please search … more

 

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  • Mint.com Personal Finance

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    Mint automatically pulls together your bank and credit card data to provide up-to-date and amazingly accurate views of your finances, from the big picture to specific details. Mint helps you save for that “big thing” you’ve always wanted by setting goals and budgeting your spending. By notifying you of any abnormal transactions or bank fees,… more

  • Prisma Quotes

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    The stock market can be an invaluable tool for investing for your financial future. Although, it can be very intimidating initially. Prisma Quotes helps you simplify this process by giving tools to help you monitor your stocks   Key features: * Real-time updating of security quotes – You can choose among several quote providers for … more

  • Bank of America: Mobile banking

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    Banking doesn’t have to be that difficult, With this app you can monitor everything from the palm of your hand. The Bank of America app lets you easily view balances, make transfers, and more.With Bank of America Mobile Banking, easily take your banking with you.* Enjoy our new native app for AndroidTM, with enhanced user … more

  • Job Rooster

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    Text message personalized job openings based on a job title, your personal profile and work history. Allows for near real time access to current job postings from an aggregate of websites from indeed.com to theladders.com. Basic service is free to users.  It sends job descriptions in segments and allows the user to accept as much … more

  • The Budget Builder

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    The Budget Builder is a simple, easy-to-use tool that walks the user through building a budget with informative graphs and advice.  The fields used in building the budget include sources of income, expenses, and opportunities to save. … more

  • Mint

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    In five minutes or less, Mint helps users see where they are spending money as well as teaching them how to build wealth. Set up email and SMS alerts and automatic updates occur whenever there’s an important change in your finances. Mint finds personalized ways to save money, by analyzing current spending. For example, if … more

  • Chase Mobile

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    Our Chase Mobile App makes it easy for you to bank on the go 24/7. Free* Chase Mobile(R) App – Customized for Android(TM) users. If you own an Android device, try banking on the go! Our exclusive Android application makes it easy for you to: BANK WITH CONFIDENCE 24/7 – If you’re enrolled in Chase … more

  • MyTaxBack

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    MyTaxBack is a simple calculator to find how much your Earned Income Tax Credit will be. It’s available across many platforms, including SMS. … more

  • My Loan Calculator

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    My Loan Calculator is a powerful calculator for evaluating mortgage loans, car and auto loans, and other types of fixed-rate consumer and student loans, as well as credit card debt. The loan calculator tells you the overall interest you’ll end up paying over time, as well as the interest saved by making extra payments. … more

  • Loan Calculator

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    LoanCalculator is a utility that allows user to calculate loans and  payment schedule. You input the basic fields like loan amount, down payment and interest rate and the app returns the maturation and loan schedule. Though simple in structure, for someone making a large purchase, it allows you to quickly calculate and clarify the loan … more

 

Quality Health for Young Adults

Quality Health for Young Adults

Brought to you by: Young Invincibles

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Details

Young adults are disconnected from the information they need to be smart, informed consumers of health care. Too many lack basic knowledge like what doctor to go to, where to get birth control, or how to avoid paying huge bills for a hospital visit. For many, this lack of information means they avoid care and skip health insurance. When they do get care, they often pay far more than they should.

The knowledge is out there but it’s disaggregated and people don’t have a means to share their experiences with their peers. Meanwhile, the healthcare technology market is booming and holds huge promise, but most of the solutions are put forth by entrenched interests, like insurance companies, who have little incentive for allow for shared customer feedback. Young adults need more information about their doctors, insurance, hospitals, and a means for peer-to-peer sharing on health care experiences to be more informed and healthier consumers. They need that information in a way that is most accessible to this generation.

We are looking for a mobile app that is easily disseminates health care information to young adults and encourages more sharing of health care reviews. Young adults are far more likely than older adults to a) use smart phones, b) find answers to health care questions online, and c) trust and value information coming from their peers. A mobile app is also important because many young adults, particularly Latinos and African Americans, only have access to the internet through their phone. For example, 53% of Latinos ages 18 to 29 are uninsured. Let 43% of young Latinos do not have access to high speed internet at home, and 38% primarily go online through their phone. A game model would also be beneficial as it could entice young users to learn more about health care and share reviews.

User Story

A Benefit to People Like Sara

Sara is 22 years old and a student at San Diego State University.  Sara has had Type I Diabetes for 12 years; every day is a challenge to keep her blood sugar in control. In November of 2008, Sara found out due to working a part-time job that she would be removed from the government run health care plan that she was on.  Just 20 years old, she did not realize how difficult finding health care would be. Without insurance, in any given month Sara would have to pay $500 for her insulin, $156 for her insulin pump supplies and $200 for 200 test strips.

When Sara found out about the cancellation of her health insurance she tried to purchase insurance from her college campus, San Diego State University. However, after speaking with the school social worker, she found out that the plan would not work for her. It would only cover a maximum of $500 a year for over-the-counter prescriptions, nowhere near enough to meet her needs. 

Looking to the private market has also not been an option. Although she works part-time while in school to help pay the rent, she does not earn nearly enough to pay the premium of a private market plan. As a result, Sara has stayed uninsured, scraping together various ways to maintain her health.

Resources & Assets

We provide health care education for young adults around the country. This past spring, we released a “Graduation Toolkit” that explains how to get health insurance when you are out of school. Young Invincibles partnered with over 60 national and state organizations, and the Toolkit reached over 300,000 young adults. Over 10 colleges and universities posted the Toolkit on their website and distributed the information to graduates. We will be releasing a “Back To School Toolkit” this Fall specifically for students. Young Invincibles is also a nationally recognized expert on young adults and health care and frequently talks in media ranging from the NY Times to CNN to give young adults and families more information on health care and how the new health care law impacts them.

What’s Still Needed

Social media, mobile social media, online games and sms outreach

 

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Teach STEM to the under-represented

Brought to you by: Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)

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Details

We aim to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields through K-12 supplemental education.
We have not had the resources or time to track the progress of our alumni.  It is a challenge for us because we want to measure the impact of our programs and connect our alumni with current students for business opportunities and mentoring. The Challenge is to establish a network and create a sense of community among the alumni group. This would: define the talent pipeline of DAPCEP alumni into the workforce,  reveal opportunities and inspire current students. This app will also help with outcome tracking, allowing us to present a full picture to our funders. Ideally we will be able to clearly demonstrate that we know where our alumni are in the community, what they have gone on to do. We hope the network will reveal hot spots of alumni activity, identify potential mentors and ensure a pipeline of talent that will allow us to scale our impact.

Success =

Short term: Accumulation of data has begun and we are able to start developing a broad picture of alumni data. Exponential utilization of application with alumni and current students thinking it’s “cool”

Mid term: Alumni start reaching back to DAPCEP to participate as volunteers, mentors or donors. Communication begins to open among alumni and current students.  The application is actively used to “check in” at various networking events and DAPCEP events.

Long term: The application becomes a replicated model for various alumni groups. Over 100,000 DAPCEP users of the application.  Alumni and current students report back on opportunities presented because of their use of the application.  Outcome data is comprehensive and programs are retooled accordingly to strengthen impact

About Us:

1. Target Audience: Alumni – Focus on alumni to collect data about their careers (program outcome data); to map where they are in the country; and to connect them with current students to establish a strong DAPCEP network. Typically:
  • Between the ages of 18 and 45
  • College educated
  • Living in major urban centers, a large community stays in Detroit
  • Feel like DAPCEP changed their lives and have strong emotional connection to DAPCEP
  • Social media savvy and active users of social networks
  • Users of Smartphones

2. Target Audience: Current Students – Focus on current students to start engagement process in using the DAPCEP application so they can connect with alumni to find out about opportunities and career options. Typically:

  • 50% female
  • Most are in grades 4-9 (ages 9-14)
  • 4,000 students participate in programming annually
  • 75% are city of Detroit residents
  • Very active on social media
  • Familiar with technology utilization
  • Own or have access to a computer
  • 30-40% qualify for free or reduced lunch (social services)
  • Majority are from single parent households
  • They are active on Facebook
  • Some use Smartphones, most have at least a phone with texting plan

User Story

Amaiya

Eleven year old Amiya Alexander, a graduate of DAPCEP’s K-3 program, is making waves in Detroit and receiving national media attention for her business, Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy. The business, which Amiya started two years ago (when she was just 9 years old) is an effort to fight childhood obesity through dance. Amiya’s ultimate goal is to attend Harvard Medical School and become an obstetrician, and running her own business will help her achieve that goal. DAPCEP introduces young children to career opportunities and stresses the importance of academic achievement and goal oriented processes. DAPCEP not only focuses on STEM subjects, but on entrepreneurship and business model development. Older students develop business plans in DAPCEP courses; however, Amiya is an exceptional example of the capacities of our K-3 students.

Resources & Assets

We help over 1500 students per day of programming, year-round Large geographic reach – students come from all over Southeast Michigan We provide a curriculum of training and mentoring to increase digital literacy We partner with 8 universities, over 40 public schools and numerous, large corporations to offer advanced programming We engage over 4,000 students annually Over 150,000 alumni

What’s Still Needed

Geo-locative and mapping, Smartphone , Web based, Integrated with existing social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare), Centralized database of all participants – collect data on all users

 

Tablet-based client intake for HIV/AIDS service agency

Brought to you by: http://gmhc.org

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Challenge:

The design and implementation of a state-of-the-art tablet-based initial client intake. The current paper-based intake and program services referral algorithms will be transferred to a tablet-based application that includes decision support to allow our intake staff to better understand the fields. The tablet-based intake will also include automated skip patterns and warnings that prevent multiple responses to reduce data entry errors. A feature will be built into the application so the data can be imported into the Ryan White Part A (Electronic System for HIV/AIDS Reporting and Evaluation; eSHARE) and Part B (AIDS Institute Reporting System; AIRS) databases. This project, therefore, will expand upon our existing health information technology (HIT) infrastructure by enhancing our client-level data collection and reporting capacity.

The intake is the client’s first point of contact at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) during which a comprehensive assessment of his/her current situation and service needs is conducted. All of the data fields that satisfy the requirements of the Ryan White Services Report (RSR) Client Report are collected during intake (except for support services data). Client-level data will be imported from the tablet into the Ryan White Part A and B databases. The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) are then responsible for generating and submission.

Appropriate Technology:

Mobile App

Success =

The successful implementation of a tablet-based data entry tool connecting to our HIT.

Mission of GMHC:

GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

GMHC is a leader in the fight to end AIDS and supports and empowers those affected by the epidemic and a sharply focused, high impact organization with well-integrated, multifaceted prevention strategies for people who are HIV positive and at risk.

Research and evaluation inform all aspects of our work including direct services, public policy, advocacy, community support and social marketing, while promoting activities that decrease  structural barriers and advances the possibility of a stigma- free society and a world without AIDS.

User Story

Paul

From one of our staff: “I was at a breakout session and an elderly couple representing PFLAG was there. They were Tom and Grace Rogers, and we began talking. They asked me where I was from, and I told them GMHC in New York. “Oh yes, we know GMHC,” Grace said in her thick Dallas drawl. As we talked they told their son’s story. Paul was a client of GMHC in the late 80s or early 90s, from what I gather, and they told me that the agency meant the a lot to him. He came to GMHC for meals and support when little else was out there. Grace said that Paul was just a couple years short of the treatment breakthroughs that changed the face of AIDS in the 90s, and he passed away like so many in his generation. Throughout the conference, Grace and Tom were happy and assertive advocates for LGBT youth. They care deeply about the future of our young people and they’re carrying their son’s spirit with them every day. I told them I was just happy that GMHC was there to offer support when Paul needed it.”

Resources & Assets

We have database technology/programming capability (Senior Programmer) and IS Project Management skills. Also, intake processing expertise, along with data analysis professionals.

What’s Still Needed

Tablet application.

 

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Challenge Briefs

  • Communications with Diverse Clients

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    To build a nurturing environment that provides the basic material resources needed for the social, emotional, economic and spiritual growth and prosperity of the DC community. The challenge focuses specifically on our client engagement programming. … more

  • Quality Health for Young Adults

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    Young Invincibles began in the summer of 2009 when we recognized that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. In a little more than a year, ‘YI’ went from a group run out of a law school cafeteria to a national organization, representing the interests of 18 to 34 year-olds wherever decisions about our collective health futures are being made. … more

 

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Challenge Briefs

  • Bidding and fundraising app for people living with HIV

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    Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.  We provide medical care, housing and job training to our clients. Most funding for … more

  • Teach STEM to the under-represented

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    We aim to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). … more

  • Communications with Diverse Clients

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    To build a nurturing environment that provides the basic material resources needed for the social, emotional, economic and spiritual growth and prosperity of the DC community. The challenge focuses specifically on our client engagement programming. … more

  • Goodwill Alumni Challenge

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    At Goodwill we believe that everyone has the right to support themselves and their families through the power of work. Goodwill does not have a mechanism for former clients and current staff, clients and partners to keep in touch with one another. … more

  • Social Impact Shopper

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    MEDA and our partner organizations at Plaza Adelante in the Mission of San Francisco are located within a larger part of town that is host to a mix of low, middle and high income people. Over the last 40 years … more

 

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Challenge Briefs

  • Civic engagement through media

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    We believe Asian Americans can be a vibrant part of American civic discourse locally and nationally and that we will do so through engagement with cross-platform media. The Asian American community is the most complicated ethnic communities in the U.S. … more

  • Teach STEM to the under-represented

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    We aim to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). … more

  • Communications with Diverse Clients

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    To build a nurturing environment that provides the basic material resources needed for the social, emotional, economic and spiritual growth and prosperity of the DC community. The challenge focuses specifically on our client engagement programming. … more

  • Quality Health for Young Adults

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    Young Invincibles began in the summer of 2009 when we recognized that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. In a little more than a year, ‘YI’ went from a group run out of a law school cafeteria to a national organization, representing the interests of 18 to 34 year-olds wherever decisions about our collective health futures are being made. … more

  • Goodwill Alumni Challenge

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    At Goodwill we believe that everyone has the right to support themselves and their families through the power of work. Goodwill does not have a mechanism for former clients and current staff, clients and partners to keep in touch with one another. … more

 

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Challenge Briefs

  • Communications with Diverse Clients

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    To build a nurturing environment that provides the basic material resources needed for the social, emotional, economic and spiritual growth and prosperity of the DC community. The challenge focuses specifically on our client engagement programming. … more

  • Social Impact Shopper

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    MEDA and our partner organizations at Plaza Adelante in the Mission of San Francisco are located within a larger part of town that is host to a mix of low, middle and high income people. Over the last 40 years … more

 

Social Impact Shopper

Social Impact Shopper

Brought to you by: MEDA

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At MEDA we believe that Latinos are some of the most marginalized populations in the country and that by leveraging technology assets along with our training assets we can effect continued economic development in our community.
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Challenge: MEDA and our partner organizations at Plaza Adelante in the Mission of San Francisco are located within a larger part of town that is host to a mix of low, middle and high income people.  Over the last 40 years many parts of our neighborhood have become popular destinations for both locals and tourists to get the “real flavor” for San Francisco.  We have been a part of this development, assisting new businesses, driving family economic independence and affecting city policy.  Our challenge is to the community at large.  We want to find a way to use social sharing and mobile devices among both our constituents and the rest of the city to drive customers to the local businesses that we support.

There is a growing movement in our area to shop locally and invest in social enterprises.  We need to find a way to connect the hundreds of businesses we’ve helped over the years with this burgeoning group of savvy purchasers.  We see that these people are early adopters of technology and that they will usually follow the trends among their friend groups.  MEDA has done much to access and leverage social networking online, but have not been able to find a simple effective way to meet these people in their pocket.

We believe that similar circumstances are occurring in other neighborhoods like ours across the country and would hope to develop a solution that could be adopted by others in the future.

Target audience: Middle class, technology savvy residents of the Mission who do business locally, want to do the right thing and may have investment or entertainment income that could benefit the MEDA community.

Appropriate technology platforms: SMS, Check in, Social Networking, Web, Apps,

Success = Engage tech savvy people from neighborhood and nearby communities to become socially conscious consumers at business and services supported by MEDA.  True success is when these people understand the role of MEDA in the community, are interested in supporting it and become involved not only as consumers, but as supporters, investors and volunteers.

About Us:

Core mission: To achieve economic justice for San Francisco’s low- to moderate-income Latino families through asset development.  Asset Development is the process of encouraging and supporting individuals and families to develop, accumulate and manage personal, social and material (especially financial) assets.

How we do it: For over 38 years MEDA has worked to improve economic and social conditions in the neighborhood by stimulating investment, enhancing the business environment, and creating jobs for area residents. MEDA is committed to maintaining the cultural identity and resources of the Mission District.  All of work is provided in both English and Spanish.

  • Our business development program assists entrepreneurs in San Francisco to start and expand their businesses through individual consultations and group workshops.
  • MEDA’s Homeownership program provides one-on-one counseling and group workshops on homeownership related services including, financial education, credit counseling, down payment and closing costs assistance programs, affordable housing options, and foreclosure intervention counseling.
  • MEDA’s Financial Education & Coaching Program provides low- and moderate-income Latino families with workshops and coaching to achieve  financial literacy with three key outcomes: Improving credit scores to 650 or higher; increasing savings to three months of living expenses or greater; and reducing debt to income ratio to 40% or lower.

Location: Mission District of San Francisco

User Story

Elena Ramirez

Elena Ramirez first came to MEDA to establish a bookkeeping system for her family child care business. This assistance helped her to organize her business and steer it towards growth. Elena soon returned to MEDA to expand her business license from 8 to 14 children.  The assistance included loan/grant packaging, writing a business plan, and calculating a project budget.  According to Elena, if not for MEDA’s help, she would not have secured $30,000 through grants and loans to make the changes to her home needed for her new license.  Expanding her child care business also enabled Elena to employ 2 additional assistants to help her with her 14 enrolled children.

Resources & Assets

We serve over 4000 people each year through our education initiatives, who would be a great test group for any new products we develop. We are in the process of creating an internal/external service integration web tool that will allow us to leverage years worth contacts for a referral or check-in system. Lastly we have some contacts with developers working on similar products that may be interested in user testing and market testing with us.

What’s Still Needed

We need to align developers to commit to the challenge and funding to implement the app.

 

Goodwill Alumni Challenge

Details

At Goodwill we believe that everyone has the right to support themselves and their families through the power of work.

Goodwill does not have a mechanism for former clients and current staff, clients and partners to keep in touch with one another. We believe such a service would help our staff and constituents to share vital information over time that would help those in need. In addition we think this social sharing could be fun, engaging and have unexpected outcomes for our constituents. Due to the transient nature of our population, the Goodwill network often has no way of keeping track of or reaching out to, former clients. While their addresses and phone number change frequently, former Goodwill clients often have access to internet enabled devices. By offering a space for former clients to connect with the Goodwill network and each other, Goodwill hopes to track the progress of these individuals to understand the long term results of our programs and services. We are seeking both in-person and technology solutions to this challenge. Though our clients are diverse and range widely in their access to technology, we believe the right applications or ecosystem could help them receive greater benefit from our community. Please read the story of one of our clients to get an idea of the kinds of people who would benefit from this app. More Client Stories are available at the link below.

Target Audience: Beneficiaries of Goodwill programs and services as well as Goodwill partner organizations.

Core mission: Offer people singular opportunities to take control of their own lives. We are dedicated to helping motivated individuals overcome barriers to employment, such as long-term welfare dependence, a physical or mental disability, homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse or limited English skills.

How we do it: We offer numerous career development programs and services, as well as jobs with benefits within our agency and retail stores. We are committed to helping businesses fill entry to mid-level positions with people trained in our programs. We also work with employers to develop customized training programs for potential and current employees.

User Story

Darren Primes

It has been said that a person has to hit rock bottom before they can start finding their way up again, and Darren Primes knows just what that means. He had a good job and a solid work history for companies including Lockheed and Ford and took care of his wife and family — that was until he started using crack cocaine and his life began a steep spiral downward. He became addicted to drugs, lost the support of his wife and children, and spent the next 20 years in and out of the prison system, first in the state penitentiary, then in Federal prison. It was after his second stint in prison that Darren finally did reach rock bottom, and he was ready to change his life. His only regret is that he didn’t find it sooner. “From where I was raised, my rock bottom should have been a long time ago,” he said. “Before you know it, you’re 50 years old, and I blew it by using drugs. It’s not like I have a lifetime now. These bones are getting old. It was such a waste of time that I put myself through.” “Then I found Krystal,” he said, and everything changed for him. He met Krystal Koop and entered the Ex-Offender Navigator program to start to repair his life. “She asked me, ‘what do you want?’ I started telling her what I wanted and soon I was running all over the place trying to do what she asked of me – paperwork, One Stop classes, trying to fulfill all the requirements for me to be successful in the program.” Krystal was impressed by Darren the moment she met him. “Of course, he’s a very personable, nice guy, who loves his wife and kids,” she said. “He had a fall from grace, and he really owned it. That’s the biggest key to his success, realizing that it was no one else’s fault. He’s responsible for his success or failure.” Now Darren works for Green Streets Cleaners, driving a delivery van, has reunited with his family, and even mentors young adults in his community or “wherever it’s needed” about the dangers of living “the drug life.” “Goodwill has done a lot for me, and I am so happy again,” he said. “To this day, I tell people about Goodwill programs. I tell everybody because Goodwill is doing good things. If you do what Goodwill asks of you, they are willing to teach you.” “The way I feel today, I have had a spiritual awakening. I pray for another day to do what I’m supposed to do. I don’t want to mess up.” Read more participant stories here: http://sfgoodwill.org/DebrasStory.aspx

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We educate hundreds of people every year through our various training programs. We have a network of tech savvy instructors. We refurbish both computers and mobile phones. We have a network of social service partners with whom we offer an array of services. We are currently working on centralizing our partner database.

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A technology solution that is inexpensive and scalable.