The Cross Stitch Project
The Cross Stitch Project promotes innovative uses for social media and technology, creative communication and connection for girls in the developing world.
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Nome da Organização
The Cross Stitch Project
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País da organização
Estados Unidos , GA, Atlanta , Fulton County
Países onde este projeto vem gerando impacto social
Índia, WB, Kolkata
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Há quanto tempo sua organização está em operação?
Entre 1 e 5 anos
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Nome do seu projeto
The Cross Stitch Project
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Há quanto tempo está em funcionamento?
Em execução entre 1 e 5 anos
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A necessidade: Qual é o problema que você está tentando resolver?
Numerous studies have shown that educating girls is the fastest route out of poverty and oppression for women. The Cross Stitch Project (TCSP) wants to ensure that girls also have access to technology and self-expressive tools and are not excluded from participating in the web based economy. The latest UNESCO studies found, “Successful transition from school to work requires the development of broad skills...problem- solving and learning to learn”. TCSP is developing ways to make computer skills, media creation, internet communication and web entrepreneurship accessible for girls in highly marginalized communities and to address the isolation of girls in countries with gender inequity by building a supportive peer network online.
A Solução: Qual é a sua solução? Seja específico!
The Cross Stitch Project uses new media technology to build connections between teen girls in the United States and developing nations. Through these connections, students share personal video accounts of their experiences and participate in arts and crafts projects that raise funds for continued training and education of the girls in the developing region.
The technology crafts TCSP focuses on are graphic and textile design, video storytelling and documentary, and technology mashups. As we create these technocrafters, our hope is they will develop small technical solutions to their communities problems, like: creating online stores for crafts, creating websites for local businesses,using mobile phones for projectors and cast off home printers for textile creation--the ideas of limitless and girls can do this! With techno-access TCSP girls can also learn to advocate for themselves and their community and eventually become a network of community leaders.
O Modelo: Demonstre através de um exemplo específico como sua solução faz a diferença; inclua suas atividades primárias
The Cross Stitch Project has served 36 girls in Kolkata and 20 girls in Atlanta over the course of the 2011-2012 school year. The girls in Cross Stitch follow a curriculum that includes peer-to peer communication with students in the U.S. via social media, spoken English tutoring, computer skills training, video camera operation and editing workshops and a shared sewing and design project.
Based on a social issues and self-expression curriculum, we assist girls to exchange ideas, information and tips and techniques over a private social network with girls in the U.S.
Our locally based tutor supervises and teaches that curriculum in an NGO in place. TCSP provides computer equipment, technical training and ongoing support. Short workshops reinforce and supplement the video, art, design skills.
While observing the benefits of this program over the past year, TCSP founders have realized that the path to higher education is not likely for most of our participants, and jobs outside of the slums are too difficult due to travel and social constraints. But, Traditional education is not entirely necessary when one can harness the power of the Internet and community: learning to learn and learning to teach. Our phase 2 is to create a portable computer center contained in a small suitcase filled with a wireless modem with a USB Internet key and some small laptops or tablets. Each suitcase will travel with a technocraft trainee who will take it to her local alternative school to train girls to use technology and connect with the CrossStitch community in the US for support.
O Mercado: Quem são os seus pares e concorrentes? Identificar os outros que também estão trabalhando para solucionar as mesmas necessidades que você e o que você faz de diferente em relação a eles. Quais seriam os desafios impostos por esses concorrentes que impactariam no seu sucesso ou crescimento?
There are youth media organizations around the world but few that connect in a peer to peer forum.
No one is doing a similar design exchange idea although their are some growing educational websites that link students to work on a shared curriculum. We welcome partnership and collaboration so linking with other educational or youth media organizations would be productive to our growth and not a challenge.
There are currently no youth media outlets in Kolkata but we would like to partner with some of the stronger organizations in Delhi and Mumbai.
Sseko Designs is a company working with a similar model of entrepreneurship for educational funds. http://ssekodesigns.com/the-sseko-story/. This is inspiration not competition.
Temas relacionados à inscrição
Qual(is) tipo(s) de solução(ões) sua iniciativa apresenta para melhorar a vida de meninas e mulheres através do uso da tecnologia? [selecione alternativas que se aplicam ao projeto]
Acesso a tecnologia, Acesso a educação/treinamento, Acesso a oportunidade econômica, Mudança política/advocacy.
Qual foi o impacto da sua solução até hoje?
We have connected over 50 girls in the US with over 30 girls in India through technology and design. We have given the girls in India the ability to express their voices through video and design and given the students in the US the ability to hear those voices, understand them and their context and the opportunity to respond. 5 of the girls in TCSP have graduated secondary school and with the assistance of ASHA are continuing to college. 15 girls have advanced from minimal to conversational spoken English. 26 Sewing students remain in the training program and have not married or dropped out of the program.
Qual é a sua expectativa de impacto para os próximos 1 - 3 anos?
Our measurables include:delayed marriage,completion of higher secondary education, reading and math levels advancing from primary to secondary level, salary increases and employment opportunities for program graduates, community involvement and leadership growth, active participation in social entrepreneurial programs or rights based degree programs, practical skills in technology expanded to include websites and other marketable design skills, broader knowledge of women’s rights and continued participation in rights based causes.
Quais são as barreiras que podem impedir o sucesso do seu projeto? Como você planeja superá-las?
Our biggest barrier is funding and we continue to refine and innovate our funding strategy to include any opportunity we can find. If we can expand our sales and marketing of the Cross Stitch bags or bag kits for Cross Stitch clubs this will provide a steady source of income.
One barrier we have created a solution to is the expense and lack of space. The idea of a traveling training kit will allow us to go into the spaces the NGO has already established. This will solve the problem of girls not being allowed to travel to centers far from home.
We have had some technical problems exchanging materials which we are working to solve with some innovative new products on the market that require less hardware. Hiring a technical advisor for each center would be another solution.
As inscrições vencedoras apresentam um plano sólido sobre como vão alcançar e acompanhar o crescimento do projeto. Identifique as metas de seis meses para aumentar seu impacto.
Identifique as três maiores atividades que você terá de completar para obter a meta estabelecida para os seis (6) meses
Build 15 Technology kits and expand our reach beyond the one center currently in operation.
Improve our social media interface for better user experience and easier communication
Refine the quality of the craft products and increase sales by at least 15%
Agora pense grande! Identifique qual seria sua meta de impacto para 12 meses
Identifique as três maiores atividades que você terá de completar para obter a meta estabelecida para os doze (12) meses
expand to a second city in India
identify and hire students to participate as Techno-Trainers
build a global marketplace for Cross Stitch products that funds the entire project.
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The change in confidence and expression in the group of girls who have participated in The Cross Stitch Project is proof to us that teaching girls to speak up and speak out--and giving them an audience to listen can have a huge effect. These students have changed from girls who could barely giggle a "hello, ma'am" into young women who describe themselves as "protest minded", "wanting an independent future", "powerful" and "intelligent".
At every point where this project has seemed difficult or insurmountable, we've reconnected with these amazing young people who fear that the circumstances of their lives will keep them from their dreams. When they meet girls online who not only want but PLAN to be doctors, engineers, lawyers...maybe President it helps keep the fire going. Our students have no illusion that the road to independence will be easy, but they see it CAN be done. And we can't give up on them.
Por favor, explique de que forma o estabelecimento de parcerias é importante para o sucesso de sua inovação
Asha for Education is our main partner. ASHA is a volunteer run Indian student organization that raises funds for educational charities across India. ASHA provides NGO contacts in India for Cross Stitch to partner with. They have sanctioned The Cross Stitch Project as an official program and act as a fiscal sponsor for donations.
Georgia State University has provided technical support, research assistance and fiscal sponsorship of our media program.
Grady High School, The Atlanta Girls School and One Love Generation students have participated in the design exchange program.
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