We are currently looking to build out a website/app for one of the student groups that is developing their business. The business is called Hire Up and is a platform to connect teens to local jobs. Students are looking to develop both a website and application that allows students the opportunity to find local jobs in their area and apply for them through simple steps within the site/app. The site/app would need to have functionality enough for users to create profiles and upload resumes and reference letters. It would also need to have functionality that allows it to match students with jobs based on their qualifications and the requirements of the job seeker. The app/site would also allow a "quick apply" option so teens wouldn't have to constantly enter the same information, but job applications could be auto-populated to fill in students' information. Additionally the site would allow teens and job seekers to rate and write reviews of the companies and the employees.
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The Gray Matter Experience is a 501(c)3 organization based in Chicago, IL that serves as an entrepreneurial experience program for African American high school students. It provides a 9-week entrepreneurship experience in which select students across Chicago learn business concepts directly from Black entrepreneurs and work to launch businesses that help impact their communities and/or the demographics within their communities. Students that create the most viable businesses within the program are then placed into an incubator-style version of the program in which those top-performing students receive a portion of seed funding and work with mentors to build out and launch the businesses they’ve created.
This build out would allow us the opportunity to continue developing and launching the business the students created during the program. Once we have this functionality, the students will be able to start acquiring customers and we'll be better able to track the results and impact of the program through the amount of customers and revenue the business (app) is able to generate.
Because most of our students don't have coding/development experience, it is difficult for us to build out their final project. This opportunity would allow us to continue working with teens to deliver the product they need in order to take their business to market.
Again, this technology will help us to further the work we're doing. As we are a new organization and still looking to build strong partnerships with companies that can help us long term, in the interim, this build out would allow us the opportunity to tangibly show the results students were able to accomplish through the program and allow us the platform on which to continue developing with them. Being able to prove results through our first cohort will validate that our organization is necessary, thus aiding in recruiting efforts, fundraising efforts as well as the opportunity to continue developing partnerships.
Once we're able to demonstrate the success students have shown with their products and services, it will open the door to many other opportunities that will be vital to our success.
The students will be the one using the new functionality and it will directly benefit both them and the organization. Students will benefit by having a tangible product to sell and showcase to potential customers and clients, thus validating our claims that students will be more empowered through our programming by having additional ways to make money for themselves.
The organization will benefit by having a successful student group able to procure customers and clients and begin generating revenue. This will allow us to prove the success of the program and further empower students to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.
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