We’ve been a little quiet the last few weeks because now that the organization has settled down in San Francisco, we are busy at work. We could still use skilled hands to help us launch.
PERSONAL NOTE FROM A GRATEFUL COUCH-SURFING FOUNDER
This month has been tough! It’s been challenging and rewarding all at the same time. I literally hopped from full-time grad student into full-time CEO without a break. A personal thanks goes out to friends Adriana, Lyndsey, Erwin and Coy for housing me this summer! Luckily I found housing starting in August in SF’s Mission District for less than $520/month, which by the way is the cheapest rent I’ve ever had!
While the Echoing Green announcement was exciting, it thrust us into the spotlight and turned up the heat. The seed funding is great, but we’ve only raised 30% of our budget this year! Even though there is more work to be done, I’m learning a lot about myself, my own entrepreneurial working style, and my community during this startup phase.
Vote for us in the Good Maker Technology Challenge! It only takes two minutes and can land us much-needed seed funding and also great exposure on Good (a news source for all things socially good). Click on the video below to vote!
I recently spoke at an event for the All Stars Helping Kids Foundation, which garnered some great connections. Check out the picture below with All Stars Executive Director Kamba Tshionyi, Founder (and fellow Trojan) Ronnie Lott, and Celebrity Chef/Restauranteur Michael Mina.
BUILDING UP OUR ARMY
Welcome our new team members who are dedicating their time and talents to support our launch:
- David Onek, Board of Advisors (Senior Fellow and Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law)
- Rachel Ramos, Board Treasurer (JD/MBA Candidate, American University)
- Patrick Mazuca, Social Media Fellow (Sophomore, USC)
- Rachel Renee Miller, Summer Fellow (Junior, USC)
- Brad Vanderford, Operations Fellow (Nonprofit professional)
- Yuki Kondo-Shah, Press Secretary (Foreign Service Officer)
We’ve recently spent time setting up our technology so we’re ready to launch our program in the fall. We’re quietly developing version 1.0 of the One Degree web platform, which is set to be released next month!
We’ve got a new home right in the heart of downtown San Francisco! Send your $1,000,000 checks and care packages to One Degree, 144 2nd Street, Lower Level, San Francisco, CA 94105. In-person visits are also welcome!
IN THE NEWS
- Did you see our recent article on EdSurge, the best edtech news source? If you missed it, check it out here.
- Also, check out our press release for the Echoing Green announcement (which Yuki kindly put together).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Volunteer at one of our San Francisco schools this fall
- Introduce us to someone in the Bay Area who works in the tech industry
- Tell your friends to vote for us at Good Maker Technology Challenge:http://bit.ly/1dgood
I’m off this week to go to the Echoing Green New Fellows Retreat in New Jersey (so excited!), and as you can see, there’s a lot going on in One Degree world. Stay tuned for my thoughts on the Echoing Green retreat, and thanks for your support!
CEO + Founder
ABOUT ONE DEGREE
One Degree connects kids & families to poverty-fighting resources. We are mobilizing trained volunteers to operate resource desks in low-income public schools. This makes schools the focal point of the community and helps families navigate through the complex web of social services. Furthermore, we’re developing a web and mobile app that’s like a Yelp for nonprofits, which holds all the information about community programs in one place. Imagine millions of people being able to access, rate, review and get information about their local resources, like food banks, employment services and afterschool programs. We hope to make families the drivers of social change. One Degree is a 2012 winner of the Echoing Green Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship.
Originally posted on One Degree’s blog.