COMUNI (Comunidades Unidas)

President of the student group who created the app idea.

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  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

August 14, 2003

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919-268-3014 4101 Laurel Glen Dr. Raleigh NC 27610

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

Date You Started Your Project Started

July 13th, 2019

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

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

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

We strongly believe a major problem in our community of Garner, North Carolina, is the fact that there is a small amount of trusted information within the community that would help keep us safe. We also believe that our community is not as united as we would like it to be. The problem is lack of trusted communication in our community.

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

Our solution is to create a trusted app that would be available to all. The app will have a range of information (in Spanish and English) that includes access to referrals to high quality attorneys and lawyers, a page dedicated to knowing your rights, trusted information on I.C.E and their whereabouts, checkpoints and raids that would be proof checked, and help seeking local health care.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We were part of a club called Juntos through NC State University. The goal of the program was to promote high school success, graduation, and pursuance of higher education for Latinx students while also providing culturally competent resources to the youth and family. Part of this was a one week experience on NC State's campus where we were prompted to identify a problem in our community and create a business pitch to pitch to local business owners. The winner from one of the 8 counties would get seed funding. Our team did not win but received a lot of attention in the media and support within the community. We saw how necessary and wanted this app was and did not want to give up on the idea. We wanted to make it happen to help our communities.

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.

Members of the Latinx community within Wake County and eventually within other counties would be able to quickly access in either English or Spanish resources in their community ranging from access to referrals to high quality attorneys and lawyers, a page dedicated to knowing your rights, trusted information on I.C.E and their whereabouts, checkpoints and raids that would be proof checked, and help seeking local health care. This app will bring culturally relevant information and resources to a community within seconds.

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

There are all kinds of websites that list events in the area and local health fairs, college fairs, etc. but almost none of those sites are made available in Spanish and even more so they do not specifically highlight events that would be of particular interest or benefit to the Latinx community specifically. The resources and events listed through this app would be intentionally selected to benefit the Latinx community's knowledge specifically. It will highlight the events or resources available in Spanish and also protect the community through its notification of raids.

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

We will know we are making a difference by the number of subscribers. There would also be an app rating tool for consumers to use in order to rate the app but also give the opportunity to provide feedback.

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

We would like to make connections with the funders who showed interest before and also work on getting the app into the creation stage. We have done research as evident in the google slide presentation on what we need and how much people are willing to pay so next steps look at development of the first phase of the app focusing in on Wake County NC. After this has been run and proves successful we would look to have businesses pay to run ads and find sources of sustainability to continue expanding the app to include other counties in NC.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

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

  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)

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

  • Communities of color

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • Word of mouth

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Previous Juntos club coordinator for Wake County.

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This is a really great idea! I definitely agree that making this app with multiple languages would be unique as well as impactful for many people where English may not be their first language.