During the past few years in America, Covid has truly hit New York hard. Not only is this a direct cause to New York being the most densely populated state in America, but the change was truly drastic, especially on unemployment rates. But before we increase in complexity, let’s look at this from a local standpoint. Queens in specific.
During a previous event held at our school, we were assigned to analyze our local community board. My group and I identified a problem that was really impacting New York. This problem led us to creating a survey to further examine our community in Queens and eventually create an app.
With our app, TogetherNOW, New York residents (Primarily in Queens) who are in financial struggle during the time of Unemployment are able to now find communities in Queens who are able to provide them with the following: Food, Clothes, and Shelter. There's more depending on what that community has to offer. This offers an easy route to find exactly what the individual needs to help them with their current situation and eventually be stable enough to get a job again. Our app also assists in finding financial aid for working college students too.
I oversee Mouse's Professional Mentor Program, which connects students with volunteer mentors that work in the tech career field. I hope to inspire students to diversify the STEAM career fields!
I also manage our Design League program that guides Middle and High school students on creating original tech projects using the Human-centered design process and gaining UX/UI skills.
I have a background in Psychology and transitioned to education once I fell in love with curriculum development. I enjoy supporting students' growth, learning, and opening doors to potential career paths. By connecting mentors with our Design League students, they can see themselves as UX/UI designers, Software developers, etc. to further diversify the STEAM career fields.
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👏 Manager, Design League & Volunteers at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work Kennedy, Melissa, Arielle, and Brandon!
This app would help many people struggling to find a job and debt relief for college students during the pandemic. You all did a great job outlining your research and ideas for the app. I really like your logo and desire to help upbuild your community.
If you all decide to continue to develop this app design idea, I encourage you to add a feature for users to get notifications about local food pantries, clothing drives, job training, and scholarship opportunities.
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.
👏 Founder, CEO at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
What a lovely idea to help those with a heavy financial burden. Furthermore, I love that the app also gives communities the gateway to provide tangible help directly to those in need. I am extremely impressed by the level of research and data your team has pulled together to build your story. It really made a strong point about why this app is needed.
Hi! My name is Abhishek and I work as a Lead Software Engineer at ADP. ADP is a payroll processing company and I specifically work on the chatbot team making sure that all of our clients & customers get the best support that they can. I moved to Hoboken, NJ in 2020 and since then, I spend almost all of my free time exploring NYC with my friends!
👏 Lead Software Engineer at ADP — Emoti-Con Judge
This is an awesome idea!! I love the community aspect of this idea as I've seen personally how people love to help others in need, especially when provided an easy way to do so.
I also want to commend the research you've done to identify the scale of the problem in the first place! At my job, a lot of my role to do data analysis to be able to identify issues or solutions and this kind of approach to issues is exactly what I'd look for when being presented a solution. Great job!! :)
Meta — Education Modernization Team Head of Design
Joey focuses on strengthening his community and making a positive impact on society, especially for our world’s most important change-makers: learners. His current job working for the Meta Education Modernization Team gives him the opportunity to support this educational audience and many more individuals across the nation through its many programs and initiatives. Joey always encourages others to follow their passion, and he knows that leading by example will build a stronger world.
👏 Education Modernization Team Head of Design at Meta — Emoti-Con Judge
Great job with your idea and all the data & process behind getting there. I was super impressed by the incorporation of accurate, recent graphs showcasing unemployment rates as well as your teams analysis of how they relate to your project. Your team also utilizing a survey was a great way to incorporate user testing; in my professional work as a designer, I can attest that testing with your audience is very important before you even start creating ideas. It looks like thats exactly what your team did, so kudos to following an industry-standard practice in design!
Feedback from the Community:
Sara 👏 a Middle School Student from New York, Redwood Middle School
There was a lot of effort put into that video! It was very enjoyable to watch the video.
jalayah 👏 a Middle School Student
i think this might be helpful and creative
soha 👏 a Middle School Student
i think that it was a great project.
sandipta 👏 a Middle School Student from bangladesh,dhaka
i think that it was a great project.
Grace 👏 a Middle School Student from america
I don't really have feedback but these videos are amazing and i love the effort you put into them keep up the good work!💞
Carly 👏 a Middle School Student
Love the idea, Very helpful for struggling adults.
Cristel 👏 a Middle School Student
My Classmates made some videos and I think they were unique and pretty cool in my opinion.
maurice 👏 a Middle School Student from im from florida, live in newyork, in America
I loved the roblox animation since im a roblox player I think that they did a great job!
👏 a Middle School Student from New York
I loved this slide the reason why I say this is because it looked good it had so many colors it was a master piece from DEANDRE
Ms. T 👏 a Teacher from Queens
The video was very well put together, I think that the group should move forward with plans (dreams and visions) to make a APP and create Youtube help1 videos. This was awesome I am proud of the potential.
carla 👏 a Middle School Student from Jamaica queens
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Ms. E 👏 a Technology Professional from Long Island, NY
Your idea is powerful and it impact communities often underrepresented. Love the fact that young people taking interest in real world problems and finding solutions. Keep going, the future needs leaders/innovators like you!
Tanayja 👏 a Middle School Student from jamaica queens
They did a good job
Yolanda 👏 a Middle School Student from Jamaica Queens
I think that they did a wonderful job in designing and putting together this video.
👏 a Technology Professional from Manhattan
Guys this is amazing i cant wait to see you guys do more
Noah 👏 a Middle School Student
Nice job with the Project!
Ms. B 👏 a Teacher
I love the concept and thought behind your idea. We need more future leaders like YOU!!
Jordynn 👏 a Middle School Student from queens
I think that you guys did a wonderful job
Denzari 👏 a Middle School Student from queens nyc
I really have no feed bac good job website creaters ;)
henna 👏 a Middle School Student
good job great project
RONEL 👏 a Middle School Student
yall did amazing
😈 👏 a Middle School Student from Queens
Great job for putting in so much effort
jesiah 👏 a Middle School Student from new york
keep up the good work
Haven 👏 a Middle School Student from New York
I loved this it was really creative really much fun and um it inspired to wanna make my own app
Mahalia 👏 a Middle School Student from JQ
I like it
Mona 👏 a Middle School Student
It is very good, I liked it.
Mahalia 👏 a Middle School Student from JQ
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