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Goodie Hack Reminds Us That The Time is Now!

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

    I believe there’s a collective acknowledgement of how powerful and pivotal education is. I also believe that there is a collective acknowledgment of there being an unequal playing field within the education system. Unfortunately, this unequal playing field is due to certain factors in today’s society that can act as barriers, like racial identity and socioeconomic status, that permit certain disparities and inequalities to take place. Aside from those reasons, education has to be made accessible for children. Personally, I believe that in order to engage anyone about anything, the material/content in which they are being presented, must be relevant to them and applicable to their lives in that particular moment in some form or fashion. We’re living in 2016 and the rate in which technology is booming has consequently outdated the older classroom mediums (i.e. overhead projectors and chalkboard lessons) that my generation grew up with. The point that I’m trying to make is this: Innovation and out-of-the-box thinking is imperative in teaching and molding the next generation.
    With that being said, I was beyond ecstatic to find out that there’s an initiative here in Atlanta with a very progressive and innovative platform to truly reach out to the children of our communities.
    On Wednesday, March 7, I had the pleasure to attend Goodie Hack [EDU] x March 2016 sponsored by Amplify 4 Good. This company believes that many communities and organizations dealing with certain issues also hold their own power to make the necessary changes in order to elevate to the next level. So essentially, Amplify 4 Good is a company that helps organizations make small solutions for problems that seem too big to tackle. Goodie Hack is a derivative of Amplify 4 Good but it acts as a community outreach initiative that is a union of technology, entrepreneurship and altruism. This specific March edition had the focus of education, specifically the concerns that arise in K-12 education among low-performing schools. The initiative called for innovative thinkers to help with ideas that could in turn increase the math and reading skills of 100,000 students by 30% with the deadline being the end of the year.
    After much deliberation, the top ideas were moved into the top tier of ideas and were met by product managers, developers, designers, marketers, etc. to bring these ideas into fruition. The idea that won was It Makes Cents, which was an idea that would help students make sense of math by using cents (see what they did there) in the real world marketplace
   I could go on and on with the amazing things that the company is doing and helping others do in the name of giving back. The time is now to become involved in the betterment of those coming behind us, and this company is definitely trailblazing with those efforts and bridging the gap between relevancy and social engagement.
Asia

Raised as an army brat, Asia has been blessed with a broad perspective of the world. Filled with wanderlust, she explores all opportunities for positive self growth.

2 Comments

  1. Ashley

    March 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Great piece! Counting actual pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters is much more impactful than counting those little plastic ones I was given in grade school. Thanks for shedding light on an important organization looking to change the world rather than profit off of it!

    • Asia

      March 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Exactly! It’s so important that we continue to have solutions to the problems we all recognize! 😊 We all can have our hand in helpin and doing our parts.

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