The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2011, August 20-21

Kids Have Hope

Kids Have Hope. is a 501c3 charity dedicated to stopping and preventing child abuse through education and empowerment. Melissa Curk, LSW, a school social worker, founded Kids Have Hope. in October of 2009. Our organization offers an evidence-based child abuse prevention curriculum to schools in the Chicagoland area. The curriculum educates children ages 3 to 12 how to stay safe against abusers by teaching them that they have the right to their bodies and they can say no, get away, trust themselves, tell someone if they have been abused and that abuse is never their fault.

After considerable research, we adopted the Good-Touch/Bad-Touchâ„¢ curriculum. The curriculum has been shown effective through peer-reviewed research literatures and the curriculum has been updated 11 times. Our use of the Good-Touch/Bad-Touchâ„¢ system consists of teacher in-services, parent workshops, and student training sessions.

Since its founding in October 2009, Kids Have Hope, Inc. has had many accomplishments:

1. Kids Have Hope is affiliated with Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, in that they use us as a resource as a child abuse prevention program.

2. Kids Have Hope currently have has 8 board members that meet on a regular basis

3. Kids Have Hope has an active website with a Hope Store (which sells bracelets and teddy bears).

4. Kids Have Hope has been invited to teach in ten schools and have reached more than 1000 children to date.

5. Kids Have Hope has taught over 100 parents, teachers, staff, and community members how to prevent, detect, and report child abuse.

6. As of June 24, 2011, Kids Have Hope is featured on the Generous Deals website, a daily deal website that shares 50% of their earnings with select charity organizations.

7. Kids Have Hope is an active member of the Chicago Non-Profit Association.

We believe that these great successes in our first year demonstrate Kids Have Hope’s importance to the Chicago community and our promise for growth.

What new functionality we are looking for

Kids Have Hope would benefit from many new sections and features. Our mission is to educate and inform. Because of this, we believe a video section would be essential to provide educational videos and community news featuring our organization's accomplishments.

Because the organization is highly active in the community, a real-time calendar of events and educational in-services would catch the attention of school administrators. A calendar would also allow administrators to check the organization's availability with the click of a button.

In order to capitalize on the popularity and efficiency of social media in spreading information, we would like social media feeds and interaction to be available on the website. People should be able to "friend" us or "follow" our feeds from the site and they should additionally be able to view our feeds without leaving the site.

The site currently has few forms, and we would benefit immensely from a "newsletter sign-up" form where supporters could actively sign up to receive our news directly in their inboxes. Additionally, we would like to provide a form with the option for people to sign-up as ongoing donors.

To improve our fundraising capacity, our online "Hope Store" needs to be updated and enhanced.

Finally, we believe Search Engine Optimization could greatly enhance our organization's presence on the web. We could benefit from professional services and would be very grateful for any improvements.

How the new functionality will help

The website would help gain awareness by portraying a more polished image of our organization and one that is more user-friendly and easier to navigate through. As a growing nonprofit that relies on community engagements, we currently dedicate over one hundred hours of manpower using cold-calling and phone communications for each school and community we serve. With an enhanced online presence, we believe that the number of hours we spend engaged in community networking would be greatly reduced and the number of schools/communities we serve could increase by up to 50%.

There are over 900 elementary schools in the Chicago city limits and there are approximately 1600 schools in the greater Chicagoland. We wish to serve as many children and communities as possible, but we are not always able to convey our many accomplishments and current successes concisely over the phone. Additionally it can be very difficult to identify the communities who are most receptive and enthusiastic toward our cause. Website improvements could help bring the attention school administrations to us and would reduce some of the inefficiency of cold calling.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

Our Mission

Kids Have Hope is a 501c3 charity organization that is dedicated to stopping and preventing child abuse through education and empowerment.