Salesforce.org is pleased to announce the 2016 Force for Change Grantees.
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) works in partnership with governments, civil society, school leaders, academic institutions, teachers, parents, and students to develop and scale community-driven, affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for marginalized children, worldwide. The grant will be used to build PROMISE3 – a new Program Management Information System in Education for Everyone, Everywhere. This will offer the global education and development community a robust, online, mobile-friendly one-stop-shop for tracking selected indicators of educational access, quality, equity, and equality across multiple geographies developed by and for local, national and international education decision-makers.
Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) is a student-centered, trauma-sensitive, competency based high school in Boston, Massachusetts providing education and emotional support services for the city’s most at-risk high school students. BDEA will build a customized student data management system that provides a comprehensive profile of the whole student, including different risk factors and interventions, and will have appropriate security and access points for students, teachers and parents. As BDEA scales and shares their system to other schools, there will be a national effort among the network of schools to study and develop alternative accountability measures.
College Forward is an Austin-based nonprofit whose intensive mentoring programs propel students from underserved backgrounds to collegiate success and remunerative careers. College Forward’s grant will help build an open-source, mobile application that connects students with other students to create productive mentoring relationships resulting in increased graduation rates.
Maryville University is a national university offering a comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes and success. Maryville will use its grant to produce an open-sourced application for admissions and test a proof-of-concept with higher education community leaders, students, and/or prospective students.
MyAgro is a nonprofit social enterprise that enables smallholder farmers to use their mobile phones to pay on layaway for high quality seeds, fertilizer and agricultural training. Through this grant, Change, MyAgro will enhance its mobile layaway program, a mobile-first platform built on Salesforce, and will be poised to scale to 1 million smallholder farmers by 2025, increasing their income by at least $1.50/per day to move them out of poverty.
Teach for America, a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, recruits, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who fight to transform the academic and life trajectories of low-income students from inside and outside of the classroom. This grant will allow Teach for America to design an application that leverages artificial intelligence advancements to enable new ways to find, qualify and engage the next generation of leaders, while providing a scalable platform for other organizations seeking to drive member or prospect engagement at scale.
University of Miami is a private research university focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. University of Miami will develop a guide and configurable components on how to use Salesforce to drive a connected campus experience with a focus on student recruitment. This effort will increase the number of institutions contributing to community driven technology by proposing improvements to the HEDA managed package.