The NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard is an initiative of the New Orleans Kids Partnership that increases access to more affordable transportation and connects youth to a coordinated system of services ranging from the New Orleans Public library, to recreation centers and after school programs.
Alex Becker, Kim Tran, ToniAnn Chetta, Lindsey Prevost, Matthew Hendrickson, Yolanda Gondwe
Alex (pictured third from left) is the Operations Director at New Orleans Kids Partnership. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and American Studies from Skidmore College. Her background runs the gamut from community organizer to marketing strategist to arts education instructor. She is grateful to be serving New Orleans youth, families and providers by helping them all connect to a coordinated system of vital services and knowledge. In her free time, she continues to pursue her love for the creative industries through documentary video work, writing, music, theatre and dance.
Kim (pictured second from left) is a professional librarian with a background in the visual arts. Before making New Orleans her home in 2004, Kim lived and worked in Austin, Oakland, New Haven, Greensboro and Eugene. She is also a ballet barre enthusiast, foodie and mother of an 8 year-old son.
Lindsey (pictured first from left) is the Director of Prevention Services at the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (CADA) for Greater New Orleans. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She coordinates the planning, development, and implementation of substance abuse prevention programs for youth, parents, professionals, and the community-at-large. She is passionate about working with other youth-serving partners to connect kids to positive, healthy and safe activities. She is proud to serve her hometown through her efforts to prevent substance abuse and promote a better quality of life for her community.
Yolanda (not pictured) is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with New Orleans Kids Partnership. Yolanda graduated from Brown University with a BA in psychology. She has been working with non-profits for over 2 years and plans to pursue a masters degree in a development related field. During her year of service, Yolanda hopes to gain a better understanding of poverty in New Orleans. She also wants to find innovative solutions to increase access to youth services as a way to ameliorate poverty and have a lasting positive impact.
ToniAnn Chetta is pictured fourth from left.
Matthew Hendrickson is not pictured.
During the Accelerator, NolaGo! secured the necessary partnerships to run a pilot program. That includes support from RTA to help with data collection and data sharing, and help from one school and three community organizations. NOLAGo! raised $8,000 in both philanthropic dollars and earned revenue. They estimate that by 2017, this initiative will become a citywide program reaching thousands of New Orleans youth.
In a short three months, the Propeller Accelerator Program has pushed me to grow into a focused and adaptive leader with a strong ability to accomplish the goals I set out for myself and my venture. That, along with a supportive network of entrepreneurs, experts, change-makers, and friends is what makes the Propeller community and program exceptional. I never expected to see this much momentum build around our project in such a short amount of time, but indeed, it has.
Founder, New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA GO! Youth Smartcard (Propeller'15)