What is InvolvEdu
InvolvEdu is a free web and mobile app for high school and university students that allows them to get credit for what they do outside of class. Forbes has published an article showing that 43% of grades given today are A's, so it comes as no surprise that student groups, study groups, and volunteer opportunities are becoming increasingly popular, even necessary, as students look to set themselves apart on their résumés. The problem, though, is that all of this involvement is completely unregulated and untracked. Besides just taking a student's word for it, there's no real way for a school or potential employer to know for sure whether or not a student actually attended Computer Science club, for instance.
InvolvEdu not only makes it easier for students to find these activities, but it also tracks, and validates, their involvement in them. However, we didn't just build a product for students; we have built in key tools for student groups and school administrators as well.
Becoming a part of the campus community can be one of the most rewarding experiences during a high school and/or university career. So why is it so hard to actually get involved? It seems like each student group or organization is doing their own thing and communicating with their members in their own way. With InvolvEdu, every group's information is in one place. If you find a group you're interested in, that’s great! Just go ahead and follow that group. You can toggle on/off notifications, emails, calendar sync, etc. – InvolvEdu puts the control of every group interaction in your hands. If you want to attend an event, that's even better! Just go ahead and RSVP. That group will be expecting you, and once you attend you'll be able to get credit, and you'll begin building out your InvolvEdu Verified involvement transcript.
After you graduate High School or College, you'll have a complete list of everything that you have participated in outside of class, and it will be 100% verified. We'll export your data into a visually appealing and simple transcript that you can send with your college entrance exams, or bring to a job interview. You can export your transcript whenever you need it.
For Student GroupsEvery student group wants to be able to effectively and efficiently market their upcoming events to students. However, that is a lot of work, and students are busy. InvolvEdu makes this process extremely easy because once a group posts an event on InvolvEdu, it already has more marketing reach than posting fliers, sending emails, and creating Facebook events. Every event on InvolvEdu is viewable and searchable by every student on campus. Students can even push event info to their friends within InvolvEdu, or post it to their own social media platforms for others to see.
Once students RSVP to an event, the student group will know exactly who is coming: are they freshman, seniors, engineers, or artists? Does the event include food? Then they will also know how many pizzas to order. Using this info, student groups can tailor their events to their target audiences and become much more efficient. Additionally, each group is given their own home page, which can be used to post officer bios, contact info, or highlight past and future events, among other things.
For School Administrators
Managing an entire extracurricular program requires a lot of moving parts, and a lot of paperwork. New group registrations, re-registrations, officer turnover, and grant applications alone can require a small dedicated team of employees, often times even an entire department. InvolvEdu's Admin package manages all of that, and more. With InvolvEdu, student activities offices can direct students to online forms and applications that they can use to perform many of these required administrative tasks. Additionally, school admins can receive increased insight into which groups are the most popular, which groups/events are the most successful, and which groups actually need the most funding.
With InvolvEdu's analytics, administrative teams can do so much more – determining which students are the most involved, connecting GPAs to levels of involvement, improving student engagement and retention, and distributing funds are just a few examples.
Where is the money going?
100% of the money will be going towards design and development.
We have an alpha product right now, but we'll need this small boost of capital in order to expedite the development in order to get to a functioning beta for all of you to enjoy! We are very excited to work with all of our backers to get there!
Risks and challenges
When it comes to risks, our biggest risk is also our biggest reward.
We are still a young company that is developing, iterating, and pushing out new features. With this comes development risk, but by being an InvolvEdu backer and contributing to this Kickstarter, our most supportive users will have the greatest influence on how InvolvEdu looks, feels, and operates. This is what will end up separating us from the pack further down the road.
We are building this product for you, and we could not be more excited to build this together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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