It Takes A Village

A database that holds the needs of the homeless recorded for the purpose of a person sponsoring them and providing them with necessities.

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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • Yes

Date Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

(I couldn't upload a video due to some technical problems, but this is the exact script). I am stepping up to make change because I see everyday the difficult lives of the homeless. In Seattle, the homeless often live with no guarantee of the next day. I feel extremely privileged because I have a roof over my head and I get three meals a day which so many people aren't guaranteed. I am doing this because I know we need to find a solution. This problem has existed for so long and is so evident in society today, yet so little is done to help the homeless people suffering in silence. I can't describe how heartbreaking it is to see a mother and her child asking for money on the side of the road, or a man begging for any spare food because you know he has been starving for at least a day. So I say enough is enough. something needs to be done, and this is my idea to fix it.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

In Seattle, homeless people are almost everywhere. I'm trying to solve the homeless crisis which his present in several large cities. The homeless often lack the access to essential and immediate needs that we have easy access to. Whether it's toothpaste or feminine hygiene products, its crucial and every person should get them.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

my solution is for people to get the opportunity to sponsor the homeless and pay for their basic, immediate, and vital needs. Someone who would like the chance to sponsor would sign up and be assigned to as many people as they want. They would then pay for their toiletries, food, and shelter to give the homeless an opportunity to pass the bottom level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. With this solution, people who want to help but don't necessarily know how to would get a chance to help a specific person with their situation and give them a chance at a new life.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

A hypothetical example of my project is about a woman named Cheri and a man named Joe. Joe has been homeless for 5 years. He has dreamed of being able to get back on his feet and get his GED. The problem is, Joe spends all his earned money on his meals and lives on the streets in a tent. If someone were to pay for the necessities, he could find a way to overcome his homelessness. Cheri is a woman who can pay for herself and lives in a city with a lot of homeless people and has always wanted to help, but doesn't know how. With the database 'It takes a village', Cheri gets the chance to pay for Joe's necessities like his food, shelter and toiletries and Joe is given the chance to get his GED. This would birth a new life for Joe and thousands of opportunities.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

My project is different from others because it's not a company helping people, it's people helping people. with my project, someone who wants to help but doesn't know how will get the chance to make a connection with someone who they probably would never would have communicated with. so many people who are homeless and don't have basic requirements for life. This project brings help to those in need and creates a tighter community and unbreakable bonds.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

my project has not made a difference yet because it is still in the idea stage, but I know if we put time and effort into it, we will see a difference. Think about if it succeeds. it will help so many people and possibly reduce the amount of homeless on the streets. I just hope its picked because I know that it will make a difference.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

starting some sort of database and getting volunteers to go around Seattle to record the information of the homeless. We would then need to get the word out to people so they know how to access the database and be able to provide and sponsor a homeless person.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

we would need workers to run the database, volunteers to go around Seattle and collect the data, funding to get the word out for this database, space for the workers to run the database and we would need people with me ready to plan this out.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

I know that lots of people at my school have also been exposed to the homeless crisis and many school projects have involved solutions to help the homeless, but no solutions have been put in action. if I told friends and they told friends and the word spread until lots of people in school were ready to support and volunteer.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • No, I do not identify with an underrepresented community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • T-Mobile page or contact

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 33.3%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 16.7%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%


Join the conversation:

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Hello! What a great first step towards developing your idea. I'd say you should do a couple of things before solidifying your idea: 1. Go and talk with organizations already serving homeless individuals and learn more about what they are already doing and get feedback on your idea. Look at it as a true learning experience and be open to changing your model based on their feedback. 2. Talk to a few homeless people with your parents present. Find out more about what they really need most. Here is a story for inspiration!

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