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Kernel

United Way of Tarrant County

Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow

United Way of Tarrant County is thrilled to have delivered an evening to remember with the inaugural KERNEL LIVE! event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. This unique event was the result of cross sector collaboration to advance social innovation, entrepreneurship and positive impact to the community. KERNEL LIVE! combined social innovation and improvisational comedy to create an engaging and entertaining evening for the audience, judges and finalists.

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MEET OUR 2016 KERNEL AWARDEES AND THEIR INNOVATIVE IDEAS!

DREAM OUTSIDE THE BOX

DREAM DELIVERED 

 

Dream Outside the Box was the top awardee receiving $15,000 for Dream Delivered, a program that delivers career exploration boxes to children living in what Founder and “Chief Executive Dreamer” Kam Phillips calls “dream deserts.”

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PRESBYTERIAN NIGHT SHELTER

CLEAN SLATE PROGRAM 

 

Presbyterian Night Shelter’s new Clean Slate program, a group of social enterprises that provides employment for the homeless, was awarded $10,000. The Clean Slate also earned the Fort Worth Weekly People’s Choice Award, based on audience voting after all of the finalists presented. The award included an in-depth feature article in an upcoming issue of the publication and tickets to the upcoming 2016 Margarita Ball.

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES FORT WORTH

CHILDREN’S SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

 

$10,000 went to Catholic Charities Fort Worth for a Fort Worth Children’s Savings Account Pilot Program that will help low-income students and parents save for college and receive financial education.

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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?

 

If you would like to review the information presented at the KERNEL info session on August 3rd, 2016, please download the PDF of the presentation or view the presentation online HERE.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Notice of Intent Available Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Application Available Monday, May 15, 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