SocEnt

Title

SmartHelp

Document Type

Presentation

Type

Social Entrepreneurship (SocEnt)

UN Sustainable Development Goal

UNSDG #4: Quality Education

Start Date

27-4-2022 9:30 AM

End Date

27-4-2022 9:50 AM

Abstract

The problem we decided to create a solution for is the education gap due to poverty, specifically for children within the city of Chicago. The main issues within this problem that we decided to focus on is that many children born into poverty lack the resources or help they need to be successful in school. As a result, they often start to fall behind in school and perform poorly overall. Roughly 23.2% of children in the city of Chicago fall under poverty status (or about 126,988 children), and these children would highly benefit from our solution, SmartHelp.

SmartHelp is an online website with a chat service that provides students help with four common school subjects: history, math, science, and english. Free videos, articles, practice worksheets, and answer keys will be included along with a live chat service where students can ask questions to help better their understanding of any subject. The chat would be run by IMSA peer tutors on the weekends between 12 PM and 6 PM. In return for tutoring, they will get service hours.

SmartHelp may suffer from a lack of interest in tutoring from the busy IMSA students. Hopefully, the service hour incentive will be enough to solve this issue. However, just in case, we will have a minimum amount of tutoring hours required per week to continue being a peer tutor, compelling students to continue with consistent schedules. Each time a peer tutor drops the program, applications to fill up the empty spot will open.

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Apr 27th, 9:30 AM Apr 27th, 9:50 AM

SmartHelp

The problem we decided to create a solution for is the education gap due to poverty, specifically for children within the city of Chicago. The main issues within this problem that we decided to focus on is that many children born into poverty lack the resources or help they need to be successful in school. As a result, they often start to fall behind in school and perform poorly overall. Roughly 23.2% of children in the city of Chicago fall under poverty status (or about 126,988 children), and these children would highly benefit from our solution, SmartHelp.

SmartHelp is an online website with a chat service that provides students help with four common school subjects: history, math, science, and english. Free videos, articles, practice worksheets, and answer keys will be included along with a live chat service where students can ask questions to help better their understanding of any subject. The chat would be run by IMSA peer tutors on the weekends between 12 PM and 6 PM. In return for tutoring, they will get service hours.

SmartHelp may suffer from a lack of interest in tutoring from the busy IMSA students. Hopefully, the service hour incentive will be enough to solve this issue. However, just in case, we will have a minimum amount of tutoring hours required per week to continue being a peer tutor, compelling students to continue with consistent schedules. Each time a peer tutor drops the program, applications to fill up the empty spot will open.