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“Immerse: Youth Employment”

Creators: Domenica, Brianna, Jason, Dairely, and Adrian
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ IS 171 Abraham Lincoln
Immerse App

About this Project:

Our app, Immerse: Youth Employment, is an app that will help teenagers around New York City find a job. Our app plans to make it easier for teenagers to find and apply for jobs. Allowing the app to scan around your area, Immerse: Youth Employment can find jobs that you can apply for and that fit perfectly with your age, that you put in when creating your account. When Immerse has found a job nearby that you can apply for, it will ask you if you would like to take a survey.

Our app will give information about that workplace, for example, the phone number, address, the positions you can apply for, and much more. After you have taken the survey, the survey will be sent to the manager and in a few days our app will send you an email or message if you got the job or not.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Alex Sher
👏 Garage Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
"Adults have Indeed. Kids have Immerse." What a great line to help me understand exactly what Immerse is trying to do! Your team did a great job starting with a challenge you're familiar with, what it can be like searching for a job as a teenager. Being curious and questioning the world around you is such a great place to start to search for ways to make the world a better place! Keep that up!
While the log in screen made Immerse feel a little more real, it seems like the screens to see job opportunities and get more information is more central to Immerse's goal. In the future, I want to encourage to start with the most important part of a design, instead of starting with the log in screen because it's what people see first. That will help you bring your ideas to life even faster! However, you did a great job explaining Immerse in a concise manner that gets to the value quickly. Your screens, with the color scheme and logo, still do that extra legwork of making Immerse feel that much more real. Great work! Excited to see what you all build in the future.

Eve Ahearn
👏 Senior Product Manager at Etsy — Emoti-Con Judge
Great job! I love the playfulness and NYC theme of the slides, they both stood out and clearly conveyed all the critical information -- who will Immerse help to use and why. The topic is important, but the feeling of your visuals expressed that this app would also fun to use. Your pitch also clearly conveyed the urgency of need, teens wasting their time applying to jobs that won't consider them because of their age and the tagline "Adults have Indeed, Teens have Immerse" summed it all up nicely. As you continue to develop Immerse you might want to think about how to collect jobs/job seekers to populate the app. There can be a challenge for such an app where you need both sides to join at once -- job seekers won't find value in looking until there are jobs to be found, and job posters won't find value posting until there are job seekers checking it. One idea could be for schools in NYC that already have job boards internally, could those be digitized and joined together, so students at one school could view jobs posted to another. There are a lot of ways to kickstart a community like Immerse, that's just one of them! Great work, loved seeing all your names in lights!

Eugene Cherish
👏 IT Infrastructure Support at ArcherPoint — Emoti-Con Judge
As someone who worked at dozens of jobs in my life, I would greatly appreciate the smallest thing that would make the process of getting a job easier. As you were talking I thought about how you would differentiate it from existing sites like Indeed and then you answered my question 30 seconds later. Often people and businesses want to hire on a temp basis to cover projects, seasonal work, and events. It would be a great tool to connect teens who are more comfortable with less permanent positions. I would think about how you would invite/connect those individuals to populate listings but overall it's a great concept and I think with enough interests on both sides it would be a real success. Awesome job!

Sariyah Idan
👏 Teaching Artist at Pockets Change — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a very clean and easy to understand design and concept, and this app could be extremely useful for a lot of youth! To echo what a couple other judges said, the tag line of "adults have Indeed, teens have Immerse" sums up the concept in a super solid way.

I would love to better understand what kind of jobs might be listed on here, how Immerse gets potential employers to list on the app, if those employers might want to interview teens before hiring them. In the "skills" section it might be helpful to have a few standard skills already listed that employers of teens look. This way users can simply select the ones they have making it easier for both the teen and the potential employer ...... This app has so much potential to make a positive impact on young folks ability to earn and confidence in themselves. I hope you keep developing it!

Feedback from the Community:

Aboubacar 👏 a Middle School Student from New york
This project is fire and it’s a really good idea
👏 a Middle School Student from Ny
Nice work keep up the good work
👏 a Middle School Student from New York
I liked how they had a voice in the background.I also liked that the slides had an easy transition.
Gabriella 👏 a Middle School Student
I like how this goes students find jobs without having to do the difficult part of it
Tristan 👏 a Middle School Student
I really like this u a great job
Tristan 👏 a Middle School Student
I really like this u did really great

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