CONDÜIT is an app-based platform which directly connects high-school students with local volunteering opportunities. Many high-school students are required to complete community service to graduate; however, they struggle to find opportunities that dovetail their interests. In addition, many small, local non-profits and volunteer-based initiatives struggle to find enough volunteers to progress their organizational mission. After conducting over 100 phone and survey-based stakeholder interviews, the team created a business model, financial plan, and app-mockups. After competing in Ideas2Serve, CONDÜIT was awarded second place.
Hand in Hand – A Network for Special Needs Education (or “Mano a Mano – Una Red de Educación Especial”) worked to create an online community where special needs educators and health practitioners in the United States and Peru could ask questions and exchange advice. Our main partner was Misión de Vida school in Trujillo, Peru, a school for special needs children in a rural area of Peru. The teachers at Misión de Vida were not formally trained special needs educators and were in need of assistance to develop curriculum for their students and to learn how to better instruct and serve their students. Our medical and educational partners in the United States and Peru were the Marcus Autism Center, the Emory Autism Center, Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center, Centro Ann Sullivan de Perú, and the Kallpa Centro de Educacion Integral.