“Wyoming is number three for suicides across America,” explains Kayla Weber, a student at Rock Springs Jnr. High.
“We decided we needed to build an app to help people our age who are struggling. If you want to keep people in Wyoming, you need to focus on the problem that’s the worst here.”
Kayla, along with her team partners Samantha, Sabrena, and Cheylynn, created their app concept “Guardian Supporters” during a three-day, immersive goIT program provided to their school district by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education.
Their app concept uses digital technology to put struggling people in touch with others in Wyoming who can support and encourage them – and goIT taught them the design concepts and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully pitch this concept to the judges.
goIT empowers students with the skills they need to be successful in the digital economy – but Kayla and her friends found equal value in being allowed to recognize and address what they felt were their state’s biggest problems – and, thanks to goIT, they’ve already been able to prototype and pitch a potential solution.
Learn more about goIT at www.tcsempowers.org/goIT10