A solution to our world's problems by closing the opportunity gap, and planting a seed for generations to come!
"Together we can do more"
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Date You Started Your Project Started
July 20th, 2017
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We live in a world where technology is vital to progress in life, yet many aspiring students don't have access to it. There are multitudes of young dreamers that are set back years because of the lack of technology in their lives. With this issue, we also have our climate problems. Which if not resolved, it means we don't have a future to look forward to nor do the dreamers without technology.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We live in a world were we outgrow tech at a rapid pace. For some people and or companies, at a yearly rate. But what happens to those old devices? Our solution is to connect with companies that have older computers or devices and place them in the hands of students that will use them to progress in life. With this, we inch closer in closing the opportunity gap and giving these dreamers hope. With this, we will plant a tree for every student that is helped. We plant a seed in these students so we will also plant a seed in our beautiful green earth! And as the student grows, so will the tree and give fresh air into the world. This is a solution to help the human race and the world we all reside in. Some of these students have the ability to become leaders and with this opportunity, we can reassure they will.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
At a young age, I found technology, and it helped me believe that there was more to the world than was shown to me. I have visited places where students share a computer, in most cases twenty students per computer. It ached me to see the light in these students but not having the ability to grow and shine brighter. They would tell me their dreams, and I would remember being that same kid. From that, I saw the bigger picture and knew I wanted to help those who dream but have something interfering with that. Some of these kids could have the solutions to problems now or problems that will come, but may never have their voice heard. At the moment I am part of the Year Up program. Within the program, I have seen just how big this gap is and how many different people are affected. I really love Year Up's mission and values and will work hard to do my part in closing the opportunity gap.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
My girlfriend worked for a company in the IT department. She noticed that they had many old computers that were just collecting dust. She mentioned it to me and we made a meeting with the managers to see if we could have those computers donated to us, which would later be sent to students. They agreed as the understood and trusted our vision. Within a week we had the computers in hand and I started wiping them of information and making sure they were up to date. At the same time, my girlfriend was communicating with schools to inform them of this opportunity. Soon we had a school located in Guatemala we could help. We did some documentation with the school to set rules on how the computers would be used and to update us on how it helped the students. In the year and a half of having the computers they have had students move into higher education.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
We make us different is simply the fact that we know what it is to be that student. We know the struggle of being behind simply because the technology was not accessible. In addition, we also want to focus on the environment as well as tree planting. There may be other "programs" within companies such as ours, but they mostly recycle the devices. With us, we make sure the devices are given more life by giving them to students that will need them more. In a sense, we fuel the solutions to future problems through planting seeds in these kid's hearts.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
With the students we have helped thus far, we have seen big return. Most of these kids have moved onto higher education, while the rest are still finishing basic school at a rapid pace. It was roughly twenty students in the first class we helped. But as soon as a seat in the school was available, from the graduating students, a new student was helped. At the moment we roughly have helped forty students. We hear from the school's administration that they now have the option to include new tracks at their school, most of which revolve around technology.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Next, we want to expand and help more students. We have heard of nearby schools in Guatemala that could use the help. With that, we also want to help students in other countries including our very own. We want to also have a presence on social media and market our idea to other capable companies. A website is another thing we are working on bringing to life. In all, we want to build a network of connections. Have the ability to pitch this idea to fortune 500 companies that understand the need to help our future generation.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
How did you hear about this challenge?
Recommended by others
Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?
Year Up Greater Atlanta