Who We Are
Upworld, Inc. was founded in October 2012 as a not-for-profit organization seeking to engage the communities of Chicago through educational efforts. We seek to empower the youth of Chicago by giving our participants a new perspective on the world through literacy and education, as well as internationally focused programming. Following the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) educational approach our core purpose is to improve the quality of life for youth in the Chicagoland community.
What We Do
Upworld differentiates itself from other community outreach programs by facilitating an environment that challenges students to develop a new perspective and providing them with the education, guidance and resources needed to succeed. We achieve this in three key ways:
According to recent research efforts, it has been shown that Chicago’s average high school graduation rate is at less than 60% - much lower than the 80% national average. We are shown that a large percentage of Chicago’s youth has not completed high school and may have also been incarcerated or otherwise been reprimanded by the criminal justice system. To give these young people the foundation they need, Upworld, Inc. provides a literacy education program. This certification program will be one of the core components of our curriculum and will give students the footing they need in order to effectively study higher level content.
Our primary educational approach is STEAM oriented curriculum It is our belief that STEAM based education is the best tool for career success. It will allow our participants to engage in fields of academics, business and industry that we believe will most successfully help to elevate them from poverty. In the future, we will endeavor to introduce students to the world of STEAM through targeted activities such as robotics competitions; application creation and coding projects; media production labs; and other related activities.
In line with Upworld, Inc’s mission of providing students with a broader perspective, the organization will provide students opportunities to build relationships with youth from around the globe. Initially this will be primarily accomplished through social networking applications. In the future, Upworld, Inc. seeks to provide students with the opportunity to travel abroad and study a foreign language.
What new functionality we are looking for
We are looking for a whole new interactive website.
Our site must be visually appealing, polished and professional. it's reflecting our company, our services. Your website may be the first, and only, impression a potential customer receives of your company.
Consistent layout:The layout is extremely important for usability. We need a consistent layout and repeat certain elements throughout the site.
Functionality:Across the spectrum, everything should work as expected, including hyperlinks, contact forms, site search, event registration, volunteer homepage & student link
Prominent, logical navigation
Search Engine Optimized (SEO)
How the new functionality will help
This new website will attract more donors and more students to the organization. This will give us great detail on how many people interact with our website and services. This website will help the organization recruit more volunteers and the website can help Up World gain more recognition for the work that we are already doing. Furthermore this website will help to establish and make the organization stand out as a leader.
How our organization will use the technology
This new website & function will guide us into what are the needs of the donor and student. It will give us insight on the application on what the student feels it needs from Up World Inc.
Who will use the technology
We will benefit by seeing how the students guide the their lives by the career function on the website. This will give us a better understanding on what careers the student would love to go in.
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