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First, when you sign up, you will have to answer questions on the SQUAD survey. The survey will ask about your interests and help match you with a person to join your SQUAD. Once you finish the survey, you make a profile and match with someone. Once you match with someone with similar interests, you can call them and text them. You can upload pictures and videos to connect to other people. Using the mentor feature, you can find an older person with similar interests to talk to if you feel down or need advice. Feel uncomfortable with the age of the mentor? Change the preference age and other things in settings!
In conclusion, our app is a place for LGBTQ+ teens to feel safe. On the app, LGBTQ+ teens are away from bullies and homophobic people in the world. They can find people who have been through what they have.
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What I do all day at work?
Develop high quality professional development and engage teachers in practical and valuable sessions that provide them with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to bring CS into their classrooms.
Amanda started her journey in education in 2015 with various roles teaching in both formal and informal settings to a diverse audience of students. She is passionate about providing all students with the opportunity to experience computer science education, especially in the areas she grew up in the Bronx. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys going on adventures with her fur baby, Max.
Types of work that I do
Coding, Data Projects, UX/UI Design
I am passionate about doing work that relates to
Digital Citizenship, Education/Schools, Mental Health
Olivia Ing is an entrepreneur, a designer and a creative strategist whose work spans at the intersection of technology and creativity. She is currently the founder of Playspaces, a platform aimed to cultivate the next generation of creators through hands-on collaborative learning experiences.
Jessica Hochman, PhD, has 20 years of experience working as a teacher, professor, researcher, and consultant. She is one half of We Need 2 Talk, an educational partnership that facilitates critical conversations about race. Jessica also works for the Equity and Disproportionality Lab at Temple University. She has taught workshops and courses, and facilitated professional development programming in addition to publishing articles and book chapters on technology, literacy, and identity.
Your design is crisp and colorful and feels so welcoming. I especially love your pitch video; the energy is great and that same vibe is really palpable in the slides and your mock-up of the app. Seeing work like this makes me feel hopeful for a more inclusive future! Thanks for sharing it!
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Thank you for a record-breaking 14th anniversary event! Comments are officially closed until next year.