Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Mom's Coding Academy
Explain your idea in details:
Mom's Coding Academy seeks to empower low-income moms with the necessary tools to gain access to higher-paying jobs in computer science-oriented fields. Our main activities revolve around the basic principles of computer science and coding. In addition, we will be utilizing a slow and step-by-step model for mom's to follow. In comparison to other coding classes, ours will be free and more flexible for all moms to complete in an orderly fashion. We understand that these single-moms live in poorer areas and must prioritize their responsibilities (child care, cooking, working, helping), leading us to recruit empathetic and qualified virtual teachers who are passionate about STEM and helping others. After completion of one of our numerous courses, moms will have the ability to receive a "coding certificate". After they have completed their desired courses, we will conduct a "recruitment process", where we serve as agents to help these parents land interviews for small startups/businesses who are in need of coders. In addition, we will help them build a LinkedIn to further their chances of landing a high-paying and fulfilling job to provide for their family. Other "coding classes" ignore the recruitment process and stray away from being personalized. However, at Mom's Coding Academy, we value the learning experience and helping hard-working moms build a fulfilling lifestyle. We are the only coding academy that prides ourselves in landing jobs for the ones we teach. Through creating profiles and networking for the ones who can't, we can brighten the futures of many. Since we are a non-profit, we have utilized experienced college students and community college professors who are heavily invested in coding fields. Through interactive videos, short lectures, and voice calls, our curriculum thrives under the personal connection between the moms and volunteers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The two main sustainable development goals we hope to impact are the quality of education and gender equality. It is estimated that only 20% of computer science professionals are women. This gender gap between men and women in STEM-oriented fields is hurting the way our society functions as well as the time it takes for additional technological change. We hope to introduce low-income moms to the wonders of coding to expand the number of opportunities they have. By empowering women, we can help increase the number of women in STEM-oriented fields, helping accelerate society towards greater technological change. In our first year of launching, to evaluate our success, we hope to teach over 2,000 moms coding and help over 80% of them to land fulfilling jobs in stem fields. By doing this, we can slowly motivate more women to embrace coding, helping increase the 20% data point. Another SDG we hope to impact is the aspect of quality education. For individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, receiving a quality education is out of their reach. For fields such as computer science, many individuals under low-income households will not have the proper exposure to study these topics. At Mom's Coding Academy, we will improve the quality of education for low-income individuals, further bridging the gap between access to education. To measure this, we hope to provide at least 95% of moms with a certificate of completion. This would lead a large majority of low-income moms to increase their knowledge on stem topics, helping improve the overall quality of education towards individuals of all backgrounds.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Mom's Coding Academy is a nonprofit organization that will thrive under donations and the work of its diligent volunteers. All of the donations will go towards developing the efficiency of the curriculum even further. Since all the college students and community college professors will be volunteers working with our organization, they will not be paid. As our academy grows in the near future, we hope to foster governmental partnerships while filing as a 501c3 to receive grants in order to maximize our outreach and impact. Our academy will be virtual, and we have already made startup payments to develop a sleek and simple design for our website platform. Since our target demographic is low-income moms, we hope to develop partnerships with organizations promoting women in stem (GIRLS WHO CODE) and learning platforms such as Khan Academy. Since we also thrive on donations, we will partner with local charities and drives to promote our cause.
I am a 17-year-old from Sammamish, WA. I have extensive experience in multiple fields in relation to management and marketing. I also enjoy public speaking and writing. My most prominent qualities center around bringing people together and advocating for what is right. I additionally have experience with advocating for equality through my work for the Borgen Project. Some of my achievements have been starting a magazine with over 90,000 annual readers, becoming a finalist for NFTE's World Series of Innovation, placing 2nd at DECA, becoming a keynote speaker for Business Week, becoming a semi-finalist for the Diamond Challenge, and placing top 1% internationally at the Startup Accelerator Challenge. My motivation is to extend a positive influence on the world while speaking for the ones who do not have the ability to.