A Brighter Tomorrow

“Who is responsible for a student’s education, when resources, technology, funding and educators are limited?

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

In October, 2007, while employed as a Sr. Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, located in Merrillville IN - One of Kevin goals were to build " Bridges" into underserved communities. Kevin began to contact community leaders in Business, Politics and Education. Experiencing up close, numerous challenges that educators were faced with daily,( low student scores, lack of Technology, etc.) Kevin set in motion a game plan to incorporate all community leaders to help engage a solution for children.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian)



Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • Illinois

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]


Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • Illinois

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

Chicagoland, Gary, IN, Northwest IN

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Jones Software Corporation is in the business of Education and Equality Mgmt. JSC’s aim is improving the lives of children beyond secondary education worldwide. JSC will build relationships with community and corporate leaders through a mentor/protégé approach to launch Student Incentives ~ Initiative Program. This resource will focus on K-12th, while mapping a Succession Plan, which provides students a road map in becoming Product citizens.

Jones Software Corporation - Aim is to helps dreams come true for all students by providing a strong support system, incorporating state of the art technology, Leaders from business, government, community and faithbase, acting as mentors, tutors, while providing a pathway to success.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Education

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

We will build excitement around our program though a kick-off/launch presentation at each school. Our corporate partners will be introduced as providers of workshop educational learning at one of their many locations. Meritocracy programs will be introduced as part of our program as students learn while earning internships ( when available) and other incentives, while gaining valuable life lessons with exposure outside of their immediate communities. Our aim is building self-esteem and self-confidence in students which will enable the student to compete with their peers globally.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Sixteen weeks after treatment, students were administered the same test. Student scores in the general education class post test scores ranged from 5 to 27 and had increased from an average of 4.5 to 14.8 (29.8% correct) with a standard deviation of 7.4. Students in the special education class who received the daily treatment had post test scores range from 13 to 25 and a greater increase in their class average from 2.3 to 18.9 (37.8% correct) with a standard deviation of 3.9. The variances in the two groups remained similar, with the general education students displaying a wider box and whisker plot as compared to the smaller variance and tighter clustered scores in the special education class. By the end of the study, the general education class had improved by an average of 20.7% correct and the special education class had improved by an average of 33.1% correct.

Organization Type

  • for-profit

Annual Budget

  • $1mil - $5mil

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Territory Managers will be required to physical contact any combination of Five Public, Private, Charter, Alternative, Technical, Schools, Federal, or State Adult or Juvenile Detention Centers per Day, for a total of 30 visits per week or 120 visits per month
Territory Managers National close average range from .05% - .015% . JSC SALES QUOTA IS ONE UNIT PER WEEK, PER T.M.,.

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

Yes, other organizations are making a difference in the educational technology field. What Makes Jones Software Corporation unique is that it takes a community to raise children into productive citizen. JSC is in the business of bringing communities together and incorporating state of the art technology to provide students with the best options from the world of tech, business, government, media, etc.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Excitement is already brewing for Jones Software Corporation as we understand that our " ilikemath" software is important to bring students to level - JSC ultimate goal is to provide a pathway to success for students by establishing long-term relationships with mentors/tutors that may not be readily available in most situations.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

  • Word of mouth

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka, who was it? (the answer will not be public)

Jill Pfister

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 0%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 0%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 100%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 0%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 0%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 0%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 33.3%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 66.7%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 0%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 33.3%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 66.7%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 33.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 66.7%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 66.7%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 100%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 66.7%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 33.3%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 100%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

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While your intention is to benefit children's performance in math - this description of the problem and solutions does not tell us how the software functions to achieve this goal. We need to understand what children are doing in everyday practice to improve their learning in math.  

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Thanks Maud,

We appreciate your imputed and taking the time to evaluate our project.  Are you one of the judges?