Monday, September 15, 2014

VA: After school programs

How can after school programs help increase academic performance in students living in poverty?

Within this problem, there are other underlying or subcategories with children being left alone including: accidents and injuries, behavioral problems and lower academic achievement. 

Today we are meeting with Operation Breakthrough to ask them questions about their organization and what they do to help kids. We know some basic information from their website. Their mission statement: The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.

They provide:

Educational Programs

Early Childhood Education Program

Before and After School Program

Summer Enrichment Program


Literacy Program

Violence Prevention

Pediatric Health

USDA-Approved Meal Program

Children’s Mercy Clinic


Dental Clinic

Speech and Language Therapy


Occupational and Physical Therapy

Parent Programming

Family Nurturing Program

Adult Therapy

Emergency Aid to Families


Helen Gragg Adult Clinic

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

- What are some challenges you are facing within your organization?

- Are there any upcoming events, that we could help you with?

- Is there any other organizations in the area that you know of that offers after school programs?

- What kind of things do you offer in your after school programs?

- Do you see an improvement in children when being enrolled in the after school program?

- What type of lesson plans do you have for children that are attending the after school program? Is there one?

- Do the students/children respond well to these programs?

- On your website you list some programs, are these programs separate or are they intertwined.

- Do people apply to be in your after school program?

- Do you feel that the parents of these children think after school programs will help benefit their children?

- Why do you only have after school programs till the age of 13? Have you thought about increasing this age?

- How do you get most of your funding?

- Where do most of the children you help come from within the city?


77.3% school age children's mothers are in the labor force

15.1 million children in the U.S. take care of themselves between the time they get home and when their parents come home

26% of families would be likely to use after school programs if they could

Between the ages of 10-12 the amount of children spending time to care for themselves doubles from 23% to 44%

African american and hispanic need for after school programs is very high

Children with enrichment are more likely to do better in school

67% of parents believe that there are not enough after school programs to meet the needs of their community

9 out of 10 voters agree that children need organized activities, 52% of voters said they would be willing to increase their own state taxes by $100 annually to pay for every child to attend an after school program

12,000 children in Missouri drop out of school

At present, low-income Missouri parents are declining raises and promotions because even the most modest pay increases put them over-income for any type of childcare assistance.

Missouri currently ranks 49th in the nation for childcare assistance eligibility.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MX Offline Needs

Here are a few things I believe can be helped through an online space in the health industry

1. Checking in when you get to the doctors
2. Updating information
3. Storing insurance information
4. Paying for visits
5. Storing information
6. Appointment reminders
7. Ordering medicine
8. Medicine reminders
9. Displaying personal information
10. Accessing information
11. Transferring information from doctor to doctor
12. Going to the doctor for check ups or minor problems
13. Being able to catch problems before any symptoms
14. Understanding your test results
15. Having to travel to different locations to get different testing done

Friday, September 5, 2014

VA: Possible Directions

1. Aim 4 Peace

    • Audience #1: Who are you trying to help?
                       Young adults at high risk to commit crimes
    • Audience #2: Who are you trying to reach?
                        Young adults in the community who may be facing bad circumstances and also parents 
                         of small children to prevent these circumstances before they happen
    • Who are the stakeholders?
                        City officials but also the people within those communities, especially those that have 
                        been victims or could be potential victims
    • Who will be affected both positively and negatively?
                        The people in the community may feel it to be more positive but I believe that the young adults affected will  
                        feel negatively because teens tend to rebel against authority even when they are just trying to help
2. Friends of Hale Cook

3. Land Bank

4. Cultivate Kansas City

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hope House

I am going to be doing design work for Hope House of Kansas City. It is a domestic violence shelter located in Lee's Summit and Independence but is the largest shelter in Missouri. Their mission statement states:
To break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower women and children. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person's right to live a life free of abuse.
Some of their local competitors are Rose Brooks, New House, reStart and Kansas City Rescue Mission.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MX Research

6 Shifts in Education:
In this article they divide shifts in education driven by technology into 3 groups, depending on the length of time they are being introduced into the educational system. The first is the near term shift that teachers use technology to help themselves learn and develop their teaching practices. The hope is that students will be able to better immerse themselves in the subject matter. The mid-range shift is on the policy level of education, making high quality educational content more accessible. The third is long term shifts that look at how schools work and allows for an authentic learning experience.

A Real Paradigm Shift in Education:
This article written by a teacher and writer who contributes to textbooks by Prentice-Hall talks about the how the core curriculum is essentially flawed. These curriculums and tests are developed by the government and not by educators. He says that the educational system doesn't allow for new ideas and doesn't support students who learn non-traditionally.

Visual Advocacy

I am most excited for this class and this project. I have often had trouble when someone asks me what I am passionate about, always having a hard time to think about one thing that I really have a passion for. Since I have always been interested in and decently good at multiple things, I never really felt a spark or connection to one specific subject. While watching We Are Superman though, I was more emotional than I have been about anything else lately. I truly feel that advocacy is what I want to do with my life. Since I was little I wanted to join the peace corps, as I grew up more I wanted to be a part of the ASPCA. No matter what it is I would decide, I always knew that I just wanted to change the world somehow. There are so many issues and causes that I want to be involved in. I'm very apathetic about many subjects and often I hate people and society, but I think that is a lot of the reason that I feel that I need to try and change it as much as I can. Before last semester I just felt that design would be a job for me and nothing more, I had no passion for it, and really lost all desire to do it until I realized that I could use my degree to do something greater. I was really looking forward to learning from Tyler this semester because I know he shares that same goal but I am excitingly looking at this year to really find myself and how I can design for good while still providing for myself and my family.
The readings that we assigned were especially significant. I loved the Good Citizenship article where she mentions that design can never surpass the quality of its content. This rings especially true for me and I wholly feel that the best designs are the ones where the designers feel for the content and they can evoke emotion from the viewer.