Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college, yet many at-risk youth don't have mentors.
Mentor Me, a California-based nonprofit, envisions a world in which every child in need has a mentor. In order accelerate progress towards their goal, Mentor Me wanted to design and build a mobile application that pairs mentors with students based on factors such as interests, skills, and geography—and that also provides users with tools to measure program success.
Mentor Me was a participant in Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Living Progress Challenge, an Innovation Program that asked people and companies to submit ideas for apps that positively impact the world. Their application idea was selected from more than 130 proposals to receive funding for design and development through Topcoder.
Topcoder "atomized" the project to break it down into small units of work, from designing the user interface to building a clickable prototype to developing a ready-to-deploy application. Hyper-specialized members from the Topcoder Community worked on each stage of the project, and a Topcoder copilot managed logistics and esured quality results.
Today, the Mentor ME mobile app is increasing access to volunteer mentors for at-risk students, and this improves the global economy by enabling young adults to complete high school and to pursue vocational or college education.
The rich and interactive experience of collaborating with multiple people on a single goal has been amazing!