Highlighted project: Closing the opportunity gap through InPlay
InPlay partners with schools to close the achievement gap by connecting disengaged, low-income children with out-of-school programs. Today more than two-thirds of children from low-income households in the US do not participate in out of school programs. Missing out on these expanded learning opportunities may be one of the most important factors leading to the achievement gap and drop-out crisis.
The InPlay web service pilot will launch in early 2015 within a pilot community providing a comprehensive list of local, age-appropriate programs where parents can quickly find and enroll in great opportunities for their children.
Highlighted project: open source Health Guides
Building upon the 30 year history of "Where There is No Doctor", the Hesperian Foundation is creating a set of open copyright digital Health Guides where individuals and community health workers can get practical, reliable information about how to care for themselves and their families in a format that they can understand and use. UnaMesa served as the technical advisor for this effort.
Highlighted Social Enterprise: Connecting families through Apps
Using Kindoma's iPad app grandparents can read and share favorite stories with young children whether they live across town or across the world. Instead of replacing family time with screen time, Kindoma's approach uses mobile technology to enhance and strengthen family connections with practices such as dialogic reading that have been shown to have a strong, positive impact on social, emotional, and cognitive learning.
More than 25 talented individuals have come together transform our Palo Alto offices into a space for exploring new, meaningful ways of being and working in Silicon Valley. This "Community Launchpad" aggregates community capital into modern day barn raisings for enteprises that address education, health, and other critical community services. Learn More....
InPlay has launched a beta test with the Fremont Unified School District to pilot a new service for connecting families to great out of school opportunities.
Libraries in Colombia and South Africa have been working with the Hesperian Foundation to develop new online resources guides and testing community based approaches to finding and delivering the information they need to lead healthy lives.