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United Way of Tarrant County

Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow

United Way of Tarrant County is pleased to announce that four finalists have been selected to pitch their creative solutions to local social problems before community investors and a live audience at the KERNEL LIVE! event on Thursday, Nov 2, 2017.

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MEET OUR 2017 KERNEL FINALISTS AND THEIR INNOVATIVE IDEAS!

CENTER FOR TRANSFORMING LIVES

FIRED UP! 

 

Addresses poverty by eliminating barriers and teaching employment skills to homeless women, especially those with limited skills, spotty work histories or criminal backgrounds. The goal of this social enterprise is empower homeless women with experience and skills to gain employment.

 

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THE PALACE OF AUTISM

SUMMER PROGRAM 

 

A 10-week summer academic enrichment program in Arlington/Mansfield for youth ages 10-16 with developmental disabilities, with a focus on serving autistic spectrum youth. By providing a safe space for children with special needs to go and thrive, the program hopes that parents will feel supported and empowered.

 

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TKO BOXING

CLUB SPRING PROGRAM

 

Provides at-risk young ladies boxing training and technique, boxing discipline, academic tutoring, and leadership skills. This non-contact program is the first “all-girls” boxing club in Tarrant County seeks to inspire health, wellness, self-esteem and character.

 

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ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN

THE MAKEOVER PROJECT

 

Provides room makeovers for children who experience abuse in their home living environment. The program is designed to re-invent the physical space that children may have been abused in to reduce long-term trauma and promote healing in a new safe space.

 

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SEE THE COMPLETE KERNEL LIVE! EVENT OVERVIEW

TARRANT COUNTY IS GREAT.

The population of Tarrant County has grown by 25% since 2000, with the City of Fort Worth having the highest population growth in the entire United States (2000-2013). But this growth has also increased specific challenges in our community, across all demographics and backgrounds. At United Way of Tarrant County, we know that community stability in the areas of Education, Income and Health is key to quality of life. So, we help people by investing in evidence-based programs in these areas that deliver measurable results. We heavily invest in time-proven, outcome-based, long-term programs and strategies. However, we recognize that there are new and innovative ideas out there that need a little nurturing to grow.

SOCIAL CHALLENGES?

The social challenges our community faces – violence (both neighborhood and domestic); poverty; access to affordable housing; aging population – are all incredibly complex and interrelated. These are not single, isolated issues and there are no single, easy solutions.

Introducing:

KERNEL 

Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow

 

United Way of Tarrant County’s new social innovation fund has the primary purpose of making significant changes in key community issues by working with a cross-sector of people, organizations, non-profits, for-profits and entrepreneurs to solve problems!

KERNEL was established in 2016 in response to investors seeking creative solutions to Tarrant County’s education, income and health issues. KERNEL exists to encourage new approaches and strategies to find solutions to these social challenges in our community.

UWTC will continue to do what we do best – partner with investors, agencies and volunteers to address social challenges in Tarrant County. KERNEL will add an innovative component to our work, providing resources and support for people and organizations that have great ideas, ideas that could truly prove to be world-changing.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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  • We will connect with partner agencies, non-profits, businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to provide proposed solutions for social issues affecting our community. We will put out a call-to-action to come up with innovative solutions with measurable results to help ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES.

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  • A group of COMMUNITY INVESTORS will be invited to join and will choose which solution has the greatest potential to succeed. They will formally invest in the proposal they feel provides the best solution for and best results within a set timeframe.

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  • United Way of Tarrant County will work with the solution provider to help execute and provide measurable results. We have over 90 years of experience! To ensure success, we can provide grantees: Mentorship, Technical Assistance, Help, Access and Possibilities for Additional Funding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU BE PART OF SOCIAL INNOVATION?

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Notice of Intent Available Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Applicant Information Meeting Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Notice of Intent Due Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Application Deadline Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Finalist Announced Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • KERNEL LIVE! Pitch Event Thursday, November 2, 2017