AntiVan Band

"We're taking the Kid back from Kidnap"

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

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Date Started


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

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

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 am stepping up to make a change because I want to be a social activist and speak for the ones who feel as if they have no voice. And this is an epademic that has plagued our people too long. No one deserves to lose a child not caused by natural causes. The best thing the parent can do is go to authorities and they put out amber alerts IF the caretaker saw the car. But what happens when you don't see anything and your child just doesn't come home. What do you do then? Who will you rely on? The words of people who last seen them? Idk about you but if that was me I wouldn't want those to be my options. But what if you can know exactly where they are and where they're going? That when I went to my journal and created this product. To take our kids back.

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

I'm helping all the victims of the milk cartons, countless amounts of people lost without their caretaker or the authorities knowing where they may be. So many times that goes unsolved and With this product that number can be decreased dramatically.

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

I plan on solving this by putting this product in every family home, anyone with children and a smartphone. I also plan on getting it on the wrist of every college student especially women. Too many times they are in situations where they needed someone to know exactly where they are. I'm trying to avoid as many scary scenarios as possible.

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

For the mother with kids imagine having the peace of mind to know your kid has made it to his/her destination safe and timely. For the college student walking home from any event alone imagine sending your location to 5 friends at the same time until you make it safely with a push of a button!

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

My X factor is discrete design. Its designed to look like a regular accessory to be in fact discrete. It will be a family thing and a college thing. There's no one that wouldn't use this because you never know. And when the never know happens at least you would know something.

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

My product is yet to make a launch but the impact on the community is tremendous. The support I'm getting from my community already is enough motivation to make this a huge movement. I plan on reducing the numbers of kidnapping and trafficking in America and eventually the world.

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

I plan on starting a whole anti kidnapping campaign and if it was a partnership with t-mobile, it could help reach heights unknown. This isn't just a domestic problem, it's a global crisis!

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

To maximize my vision I would like to partner with you and go on a whole campaign. With the partnership an engeneering and design team would be ideal to capture and maximize the movement were going to start. And of course funding and a website is going to be needed to cast the net as far as possible.

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

  • Friend 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.

By partnering with other changemakers and young leaders would be tremendous! My future plans are to empower our youth! Set our young leaders up for success no matter the barrier because I believe that brilliance has no barrier.

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

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

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

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
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Join the conversation:

Photo of Mamoudou Bah

This is a great initiative keep up the great work brother! I've also come about to how effective AMBER alerts and "missing person newspapers" are if know see's what happened. But, this initiative will 100% guarantee findings of abducted people. Continue this work and don't give. Also, you could in the future try to present to security companies such as ADT.The could totally back up your idea and probably sell them to their customers. Good luck!

Photo of Brianna Douglas

Hi Ty'Dre- I love the way you approached this problem with such a fresh-and fashionable- take! the case of availability for a person to send their location to 5 individuals via a discreet bracelet in the case of feeling unsafe is a great way to triangulate the problem of missing people. One of my primary questions is what system it would use to do so, would it be a cellular system, bluetooth, wifi or other platform?

Photo of Cruz2 Cold

Yes, it is cellular. There's an app that connects to it

Photo of Naomie Pierre-Louis

Ty'Dre Lee  Hello Ty’Dre, this idea touched my heart. Children are our future and they need as much protection as they can get. I would love to collaborate with you on this idea. My movement involves foster children and I know that many youth who were in care end up as victims of sex trafficking or kidnappimg ; and the sad reality is that many people including their workers are not worried about what’s happening to them. Many of them are just written off as runaways and no one goes to look for them because of the negative stigmas of foster children. We can definitely collaborate on this and help each other to bring awareness about these issues.

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Shoot me yo ur email

Photo of Carson McBain

Ty'Dre, this is an innovative and inspiring idea you've come up with that you are obviously passionate about! You are so right; we urgently need to find a better way to track and prevent abductions, because as you said the only current information the police have to go on is where the person was last seen - and at that point if enough time has passed it's difficult to track the kidnapper down. I would have loved to see photos or a concept sketch of your product, but even without that the idea is really strong. As you continue developing this wearable tech, my advice to you would be to come up with a clear visual of the device and how it's worn, and test it in a mock controlled situation. In the implementation stage, you might want to consider having a way for the wearers and 'trackers' to protect their location data, so that if someone else got a hold of a family member's phone/device there would be some type of protection like a password mutually agreed on by the family, to keep them locked out. I am so excited about this idea and can't wait to see the launch!

Photo of Cruz2 Cold

Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback and I'm taking that into consideration moving forward.

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Elliott D shoot me your email.

Photo of Elliott D

I love this idea! Depending on how small you are able to make the device, maybe you can even make necklaces or shoe charms the device as an alternative accessory that is more wearable and less likely to be taken off or lost.