Project: N.E.E.D. Neighbors Engaged in Enhancement and Development
Program: Youth Challenge, 2017
Like many other youth organizations, Hope for the Inner City is providing lots of great programs for teens in East Chattanooga, but many miss out because they do not have transportation to get there. Carol Meredith wants to organize a network of reliable neighbors, that parents personally know and trust, for a ride-sharing program. Like a grassroots Uber, drivers would receive a small stipend in exchange for giving youth rides to community programs when parents are not available. If this works in East Chattanooga, it could be replicated in neighborhoods all over the city.
The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change, with grassroots funding and hands-on coaching.