Connectivity Challenge

Fall 2014

 
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  Gig Bridge   Project Leaders: Anjali Chandra and team  Led by a local high schooler, Anjali Chandra, Gig Bridge is a program built to bridge linguistic disparities and improve access to health education by working with Hispanic ESL (English as a second language) students to develop bilingual mobile applications on prevalent community health issues. 

Gig Bridge

Project Leaders: Anjali Chandra and team

Led by a local high schooler, Anjali Chandra, Gig Bridge is a program built to bridge linguistic disparities and improve access to health education by working with Hispanic ESL (English as a second language) students to develop bilingual mobile applications on prevalent community health issues. 

  Sunday Showcase   Project Leaders: Linda Thompson and Barbie Standefer, Performing Arts League  Sunday Showcase is a collaborative performance involving ten different performing arts groups and forty schools in the Chattanooga area with the goal of engaging, supporting, and celebrating young performing artists through a collaborative showcase.

Sunday Showcase

Project Leaders: Linda Thompson and Barbie Standefer, Performing Arts League

Sunday Showcase is a collaborative performance involving ten different performing arts groups and forty schools in the Chattanooga area with the goal of engaging, supporting, and celebrating young performing artists through a collaborative showcase.

  Community Match   Project Leader: Robin Howe  Community Match connects teenagers to community service projects through a website, with the goal of fostering teens' commitments to Chattanooga. The website allows teenagers an opportunity to become committed to Chattanooga in a meaningful way. By matching interests and time schedules, teens have ways to investigate careers, meet people beyond their own neighborhoods and appreciate the joy that accompanies serving.

Community Match

Project Leader: Robin Howe

Community Match connects teenagers to community service projects through a website, with the goal of fostering teens' commitments to Chattanooga. The website allows teenagers an opportunity to become committed to Chattanooga in a meaningful way. By matching interests and time schedules, teens have ways to investigate careers, meet people beyond their own neighborhoods and appreciate the joy that accompanies serving.

  Nooga Made   Project Leader: Richie Johnson  Nooga Made is a grassroots organization and trademark that exists to identify, promote, connect, and certify creations that are proudly made right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Nooga Made

Project Leader: Richie Johnson

Nooga Made is a grassroots organization and trademark that exists to identify, promote, connect, and certify creations that are proudly made right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

 
  Micro Grants Chattanooga   Project Leader: Tara Poole  Micro Grants Chattanooga connects individuals to resources by giving small grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income individuals on the brink of economic self-sufficiency. The project leader, Tara Poole, partnered with the Northside Neighborhood House to run a pilot program.  She identified six individuals already involved in programs at the Northside Neighborhood House who's lives could be greatly impacted by a small investment, like JoAnn who used the grant to get business cards and supplies to start her own sewing business. Or Tyler, a GED program graduate who received a grant to get internet access in his home for a year to help him complete his coursework in computer operation technology at Chattanooga State.

Micro Grants Chattanooga

Project Leader: Tara Poole

Micro Grants Chattanooga connects individuals to resources by giving small grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income individuals on the brink of economic self-sufficiency. The project leader, Tara Poole, partnered with the Northside Neighborhood House to run a pilot program.  She identified six individuals already involved in programs at the Northside Neighborhood House who's lives could be greatly impacted by a small investment, like JoAnn who used the grant to get business cards and supplies to start her own sewing business. Or Tyler, a GED program graduate who received a grant to get internet access in his home for a year to help him complete his coursework in computer operation technology at Chattanooga State.

  Help 2 Work   Project Leader: Robert Lawrence  Help 2 Work connects homeless Chattanoogans to job opportunities by providing a means of transportation for their first month of work. Homelessness is an economic condition that affects the entire community. With the right help and support, HELP 2 Work seeks to restore a homeless person to self-sufficiency with  a place in the workforce and return to being productive members of society. Often, the single largest barrier to persons with disabilities who are looking for jobs is overcoming the social stigma and lack of transportation to employers and jobs. Case managers work with clients to secure housing, transportation, and essential needs.

Help 2 Work

Project Leader: Robert Lawrence

Help 2 Work connects homeless Chattanoogans to job opportunities by providing a means of transportation for their first month of work. Homelessness is an economic condition that affects the entire community. With the right help and support, HELP 2 Work seeks to restore a homeless person to self-sufficiency with  a place in the workforce and return to being productive members of society. Often, the single largest barrier to persons with disabilities who are looking for jobs is overcoming the social stigma and lack of transportation to employers and jobs. Case managers work with clients to secure housing, transportation, and essential needs.

  CARTAgraphy   Project Leaders: Alfonso Gómez-Arzola and Arne Heggestad  CARTAgraphy connects bus riders to their bus routes with technology available to a wider base of Chattanooga’s citizens through a text-based bus tracker. Knowledge is empowering. If a bus rider knows when their bus will arrive, they’ll be better able to plan ahead. They'll be able to spend less time waiting at a bus stop, and more time doing whatever they want or need to do. CARTA customers with low-cost feature phones (that is, “dumb phones”) have limited access to the internet and are left in the dark when it comes to the resources that CARTA offers for tracking bus schedules. CARTAgraphy aims to minimize the time a person is stuck at a bus stop waiting for their bus without the ability to check when it will arrive. In this way, it can impact the quality of life of riders everywhere in Chattanooga.

CARTAgraphy

Project Leaders: Alfonso Gómez-Arzola and Arne Heggestad

CARTAgraphy connects bus riders to their bus routes with technology available to a wider base of Chattanooga’s citizens through a text-based bus tracker. Knowledge is empowering. If a bus rider knows when their bus will arrive, they’ll be better able to plan ahead. They'll be able to spend less time waiting at a bus stop, and more time doing whatever they want or need to do. CARTA customers with low-cost feature phones (that is, “dumb phones”) have limited access to the internet and are left in the dark when it comes to the resources that CARTA offers for tracking bus schedules. CARTAgraphy aims to minimize the time a person is stuck at a bus stop waiting for their bus without the ability to check when it will arrive. In this way, it can impact the quality of life of riders everywhere in Chattanooga.

  Transit-to-Transit   Project Leader: Gabrielle Blades  Transit-to-Transit connects people to places through the use of technology, by creating access to an online multi-modal transit app directly at transit hubs. The idea came about in response to the limited resources in the downtown area that show people the scheduling details of their bus or bike trip. Public transportation is a key ingredient of desirable, livable cities with vibrant economies. Transit provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life and serves as a crucial part of the solution to economic, energy, and environmental challenges in our community. The goal for the app is to connect people with places in Chattanooga by allowing users to be less intimidated by public transportation—whether it's the CARTA Bus, Electric Shuttle, or Bike Chattanooga— through detailed route information.

Transit-to-Transit

Project Leader: Gabrielle Blades

Transit-to-Transit connects people to places through the use of technology, by creating access to an online multi-modal transit app directly at transit hubs. The idea came about in response to the limited resources in the downtown area that show people the scheduling details of their bus or bike trip. Public transportation is a key ingredient of desirable, livable cities with vibrant economies. Transit provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life and serves as a crucial part of the solution to economic, energy, and environmental challenges in our community. The goal for the app is to connect people with places in Chattanooga by allowing users to be less intimidated by public transportation—whether it's the CARTA Bus, Electric Shuttle, or Bike Chattanooga— through detailed route information.

 
  Scenic Streets   Project Leader: Christy Smith  Scenic Streets Chattanooga connects Chattanooga to its streets through a public event that allows residents to experience our city's neighborhoods, public spaces, and business corridors in a new way by getting them out of their cars and onto the streets. The annual event closes off 2 to 4 miles of the downtown area to allow for exploration through walking, biking, or other non-vehicle transportation. Many local organizations and businesses are featured through a series of activities, events, and performances.The event is for all ages and intends to encourage healthy living, stimulate the local economy, and promote different transportation choices.

Scenic Streets

Project Leader: Christy Smith

Scenic Streets Chattanooga connects Chattanooga to its streets through a public event that allows residents to experience our city's neighborhoods, public spaces, and business corridors in a new way by getting them out of their cars and onto the streets. The annual event closes off 2 to 4 miles of the downtown area to allow for exploration through walking, biking, or other non-vehicle transportation. Many local organizations and businesses are featured through a series of activities, events, and performances.The event is for all ages and intends to encourage healthy living, stimulate the local economy, and promote different transportation choices.

  Community Cafe   Project Leaders: Ella Sanders, Elizabeth Ayers and Shelby Denton   The Community Cafe connects Chattanoogans to nutritious, affordable food, to job skills, and to each other through a pay-what-you-can cafe. In this day in age people are so focused on the business of life. Healthy eating options that don't break the bank are so few and far between that many times we miss out on a chance to stop and share a meal with people. Open Table Cafe is seeking to provide a place of community where Chattanoogans can come together and share a meal that is affordable and healthy for all. The cafe employs a “pay-what-you-can” policy to  provide seasonal, nutritious meals and a space for people of all walks of life to build community once a month.

Community Cafe

Project Leaders: Ella Sanders, Elizabeth Ayers and Shelby Denton 

The Community Cafe connects Chattanoogans to nutritious, affordable food, to job skills, and to each other through a pay-what-you-can cafe. In this day in age people are so focused on the business of life. Healthy eating options that don't break the bank are so few and far between that many times we miss out on a chance to stop and share a meal with people. Open Table Cafe is seeking to provide a place of community where Chattanoogans can come together and share a meal that is affordable and healthy for all. The cafe employs a “pay-what-you-can” policy to  provide seasonal, nutritious meals and a space for people of all walks of life to build community once a month.

  Ferger Place Park   Project Leaders: Tron Wilder and Ferger Place Neighborhood Association  Tucked away off Main Street sits one of Chattanooga's oldest neighborhoods, Ferger Place. Resident Tron Wilder wanted to transform the rarely used Ferger Place Park to a place of community gathering by installing interactive elements to the park and organizing neighborhood work dates and gatherings. With the money, the residents were able to add several park features, including a sandbox and a fire pit built by several of the neighbors, a beautiful concrete game table & several concrete stools created by Set in Stone, and a set of concrete corn hole boards created by a neighborhood resident. The team says that these additions really increased the use of the park. In fall of 2015, the neighborhood held their second annual "Fergtoberfest" celebration in the park where ALL of these new features were in use! 

Ferger Place Park

Project Leaders: Tron Wilder and Ferger Place Neighborhood Association

Tucked away off Main Street sits one of Chattanooga's oldest neighborhoods, Ferger Place. Resident Tron Wilder wanted to transform the rarely used Ferger Place Park to a place of community gathering by installing interactive elements to the park and organizing neighborhood work dates and gatherings. With the money, the residents were able to add several park features, including a sandbox and a fire pit built by several of the neighbors, a beautiful concrete game table & several concrete stools created by Set in Stone, and a set of concrete corn hole boards created by a neighborhood resident. The team says that these additions really increased the use of the park. In fall of 2015, the neighborhood held their second annual "Fergtoberfest" celebration in the park where ALL of these new features were in use! 

  Here to There   Project Leaders: Katie Smith and Cat Collier Martinez  Here to There connects the residents of Jefferson Heights to the zoned public schools, increases community wide school pride, and makes pathways safer for pedestrians by painting crosswalks with custom designs. The project was started by Katie and Cat, two longtime residents of the neighborhood. It was developed to address the lack of visible crosswalks at three of the schools the Jefferson Heights neighborhood is zoned for: Battle Academy, Orchard Knob Middle, and The Howard School. The crosswalks were designed by AIGA members, incorporating specific elements to represent each school, then voted on by students.

Here to There

Project Leaders: Katie Smith and Cat Collier Martinez

Here to There connects the residents of Jefferson Heights to the zoned public schools, increases community wide school pride, and makes pathways safer for pedestrians by painting crosswalks with custom designs. The project was started by Katie and Cat, two longtime residents of the neighborhood. It was developed to address the lack of visible crosswalks at three of the schools the Jefferson Heights neighborhood is zoned for: Battle Academy, Orchard Knob Middle, and The Howard School. The crosswalks were designed by AIGA members, incorporating specific elements to represent each school, then voted on by students.

 
  Block Leaders Connect   Project Leader: Everlena M. Holmes  Block Leaders Connect connects neighborhoods to the city of Chattanooga through building capacity, membership, and new leadership in Avondale and Eastdale. This occurs through creating neighborhood directories and recruiting block leaders. Many neighborhood associations have small and aging membership and tend to lack knowledge of who lives and does business in the neighborhood. By recruiting and equipping new “block leaders,” people are empowered to speak with a single voice on issues affecting their neighborhoods and the city. Strong neighborhoods serve as strong foundations for a thriving Chattanooga.

Block Leaders Connect

Project Leader: Everlena M. Holmes

Block Leaders Connect connects neighborhoods to the city of Chattanooga through building capacity, membership, and new leadership in Avondale and Eastdale. This occurs through creating neighborhood directories and recruiting block leaders. Many neighborhood associations have small and aging membership and tend to lack knowledge of who lives and does business in the neighborhood. By recruiting and equipping new “block leaders,” people are empowered to speak with a single voice on issues affecting their neighborhoods and the city. Strong neighborhoods serve as strong foundations for a thriving Chattanooga.

  Tech Rebirth Chattanooga PC Literary Initiative   Project Leader: Scott Harrison  Students without access to technology miss important learning opportunities. Tech Rebirth Chattanooga PC Literacy Initiative connects low income students with no access to technology to lexia literacy training and global internet resources. The program uses the Comcast Internet Essentials program to provide Internet bandwidth to those who can't afford their own connection. Computers are donated by local businesses, refurbished, and placed in local nonprofit centers for children to use. This allows students to continue learning after school and during summer holidays. Tech Rebirth hopes to place hundreds of these machines in eligible individual homes so the students and their families have access to the global Internet and all its resources.  

Tech Rebirth Chattanooga PC Literary Initiative

Project Leader: Scott Harrison

Students without access to technology miss important learning opportunities. Tech Rebirth Chattanooga PC Literacy Initiative connects low income students with no access to technology to lexia literacy training and global internet resources. The program uses the Comcast Internet Essentials program to provide Internet bandwidth to those who can't afford their own connection. Computers are donated by local businesses, refurbished, and placed in local nonprofit centers for children to use. This allows students to continue learning after school and during summer holidays. Tech Rebirth hopes to place hundreds of these machines in eligible individual homes so the students and their families have access to the global Internet and all its resources.  

  Passport to Latino American Challenge   Project Leader: Gladys Pineda-Loher  The Passport to Latino-American Challenge project connects local immigrants to the community through creating a rich cultural symbol that was used during the Latino Festival in Highland Park. During spring 2015, ChattState International Outreach Office hosted the First Latino-American Festival in the city. The Passport to Latino-American Challenge was a fun cultural learning experience that challenged the participants to connect with 24 educational booths and activities to get their “passports” stamped. Prizes were awarded based on the number of passport stamps each participant received during the festival.

Passport to Latino American Challenge

Project Leader: Gladys Pineda-Loher

The Passport to Latino-American Challenge project connects local immigrants to the community through creating a rich cultural symbol that was used during the Latino Festival in Highland Park. During spring 2015, ChattState International Outreach Office hosted the First Latino-American Festival in the city. The Passport to Latino-American Challenge was a fun cultural learning experience that challenged the participants to connect with 24 educational booths and activities to get their “passports” stamped. Prizes were awarded based on the number of passport stamps each participant received during the festival.

  Rails to Trails   Project Leader: Jim Johnson  Rails to Trails connects Chattanooga's neighborhoods to each other and to the city's expanding parks and greenways by identifying high-potential rail corridors within the city that could be converted to rail-trails or rails-with-trails to build upon the City's Complete Streets planning. The project leaders see Chattanooga’s rail corridors as a key to connecting Chattanooga’s neighborhoods with a safe, traffic-free, paved trail network. An increase in the city’s accessibility can create special recreational and health benefits for all Chattanoogans, provide new opportunities to locals who are unable to drive, and encourage new interactions between neighbors.

Rails to Trails

Project Leader: Jim Johnson

Rails to Trails connects Chattanooga's neighborhoods to each other and to the city's expanding parks and greenways by identifying high-potential rail corridors within the city that could be converted to rail-trails or rails-with-trails to build upon the City's Complete Streets planning. The project leaders see Chattanooga’s rail corridors as a key to connecting Chattanooga’s neighborhoods with a safe, traffic-free, paved trail network. An increase in the city’s accessibility can create special recreational and health benefits for all Chattanoogans, provide new opportunities to locals who are unable to drive, and encourage new interactions between neighbors.

 
  Power Lunch   Project Leader: Emma Williams  Power Lunch connects middle school girls in Title-1 Schools to successful professional women from a variety of backgrounds in their own community, with the goal of empowering girls to explore a diverse array of career choices and plan for bright futures. Power Lunch helps girls envision bright, successful futures for themselves. In the process, it facilitates meaningful connections between students and local professionals and business women, giving both the opportunity to learn from one another. Power Lunch reaches girls at a critical juncture in their lives, encouraging them to think seriously about the choices they will make in high school and beyond.

Power Lunch

Project Leader: Emma Williams

Power Lunch connects middle school girls in Title-1 Schools to successful professional women from a variety of backgrounds in their own community, with the goal of empowering girls to explore a diverse array of career choices and plan for bright futures. Power Lunch helps girls envision bright, successful futures for themselves. In the process, it facilitates meaningful connections between students and local professionals and business women, giving both the opportunity to learn from one another. Power Lunch reaches girls at a critical juncture in their lives, encouraging them to think seriously about the choices they will make in high school and beyond.

  Chattanooga Cultural Connection   Project Leader: Laurie Stevens  Chattanooga Cultural Connection connects children to language by hosting a program that extends the reach of foreign language learning and cultural awareness to children with the goal of building a community of globally-minded, locally-focused leaders. Language is the very essence of connectivity. Relationships are limited with communication. Whether it’s through movement, writing, dancing or speaking, language of all kinds is the root of personal expression and connection with others. In recent years, Chattanooga has welcomed the arrival of international companies, such as Volkswagen, Alstom and Wacker. The strength of American businesses in the increasingly global marketplace requires individuals who speak other languages and have knowledge of other cultures. Chattanooga Cultural Connection is equipping youth to be globally-minded, locally-focused leaders as the international influence in the city continues to grow.

Chattanooga Cultural Connection

Project Leader: Laurie Stevens

Chattanooga Cultural Connection connects children to language by hosting a program that extends the reach of foreign language learning and cultural awareness to children with the goal of building a community of globally-minded, locally-focused leaders. Language is the very essence of connectivity. Relationships are limited with communication. Whether it’s through movement, writing, dancing or speaking, language of all kinds is the root of personal expression and connection with others. In recent years, Chattanooga has welcomed the arrival of international companies, such as Volkswagen, Alstom and Wacker. The strength of American businesses in the increasingly global marketplace requires individuals who speak other languages and have knowledge of other cultures. Chattanooga Cultural Connection is equipping youth to be globally-minded, locally-focused leaders as the international influence in the city continues to grow.