Zero Waste Transformation

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Story

My employer is a nonprofit called Build Trybe. Build Trybe acts as a pre-apprenticeship, teaching homeless youth and kids aging out of the foster system trade skills.

The Problem

The problem I am trying to solve is the lack of funding that effects the number of kids my organization can take on.

The Solution

My solution is to turn Build Trybe into a Zero Waste company so that they can apply for more grants and in turn, help more children in need. This is because the more funding they have, the more mentors they can hire, which also increases the number of kids they take on.

Target Market

The main people affected by the problem are youth who are homeless and kids aging out of the foster system. Build Trybe serves kids 14 and up.

Societal Impact

The social impact would be that the rates of youth who are in foster and homeless will go down.

Next Steps

The next steps are to collaborate with the grant writer about what would be the best plan of action in order to obtain the Zero Waste grant.

Reflection

This work has made me realize how difficult it can be to navigate the complexities of grant writing. This has also helped me improve my perseverance.

Use of Backer Contributions

We are not currently accepting contributions from our voters. This pitch is part of the ProX competition for $5,000. If people support this idea, we would use the funding to hire the grant writer who can help us find Zero Waste grants and work with us on completing the requirements.

 

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How well does the intern/team understand whom they are solving/designing for?

  • Reflects deep understanding and knowledge of the background on and mission/vision of the employer (WHY)

  • Reflects deep understanding of the employer's products/services (WHAT)

  • Reflects deep understanding of the employer's marketing strategy to reach its customer/users (HOW)

  • Reflects deep understanding of the profile of the main customers/users for the employer (WHOM)

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Problem Exploration/Validation

How well does the intern/team narrow down and define the specific ceed(s)/pain point(s) for the employer and its users?

 

  • Reflects deep empathy work has occured (aka "discovery") around the broad design question/problem with key stakeholders (employees and/or customers/users, depending on the problem)

  • Reflects clear pain points (problem/needs/wants) have been extracted from the empathy work

  • Reflects that the original design question has been narrowed/revised according to empathy work discovery

  • Reflects a deep company analysis around the specific pain point(s)

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Solution Building (x2)

How well does the intern/team utilize design thinking as an iterative design process to build a solution?

  • Reflects comparative research and landscape analysis was sought to understand who else has addressed similar needs successfully

  • Reflects customers/users feedback was sought and integrated on solution idea

  • Reflects employer feedback was sought and integrated on solution idea

  • Reflects that the team challenged and questioned their own assumptions when testing/vetting ideas

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  • Reflects in depth HOW/WHY the solution will work (feasibility and viability)

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  • Reflects the suggested rollout/next step to make this idea happen (action plan, ask, etc.)

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