Really enjoyed reading through your proposal! I love that you are taking an approach that allows children to have a stake in their community and develop a sense of responsibility. So many times they aren't given the opportunity to contribute to the environments they are a part of.
Also love that you are utilizing the entire neighborhood. Investing in the youngest members will have big payouts for the entire neighborhood in the long run and what a way to create the best possible environment for young ones to grow in.
What challenges have you faced with the project thus far?
I am very interested to see how these progress. I can see these becoming a staple item in classrooms, especially with the big push for STEM/STEAM. Libraries may also be interested as it would be fairly easy to inventory them and circulate them to patrons. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Hi Arielle, At present we serve a specific part of the city, but we are looking to expand and grow, potentially with help from the prize. This program is currently reserved for families who live in high poverty areas. Three of the neighborhoods that we serve report childhood poverty percentage of 70% or higher. We partner with several different community organizations to find participants. We also have flyers and brochures that we hand out at various outreach events. The participants express interest in the program and then I meet with each one personally to make sure it's a good fit and to learn more about the enrolling family.