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May 2017 Entry

Connecting Vets to Meaningful 21st Century Careers

Barika Edwards
Brooklyn · NY
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

OweYaa is a social enterprise that matches military intern candidates to employers in tech. Our web platform aims connect 7M veterans and military spouses to employment and free education by the year 2020.

Currently 50% of vets face a long periods of unemployment; and 90% of spouses are underemployed. OweYaa is designed to level the playing field and minimize constraints to successful employment. OweYaa has already seen internship projects convert into remote employment for our vet and spouse candidates.

OweYaa makes the the job market kinder because we bridge the civilian-military cultural gap and sparking opportunities create diverse workplaces that includes vets. Thus creating a more equitable, kinder innovative society.

How will you use the $10k?

OweYaa would use the KIND Cause grant to increase are ability to link more vets and spouses to internships across the country. We would use the $10K grant to develop our platform and expand our employer pool. Our current platform has reached capacity and we would use $6K towards developing the next iteration of our web platform. We would apply $3K of the grant toward employer engagement and a new team member with tech job developer expertise. $1K of the grant would be used for equipping our candidates with free job training, tech education and career development resources.

Funding from KIND Cause will play a pivotal role in our ability to sustain over the next 6 months and make a huge difference in the lives of vets & their families.

What impact do you hope to make?

Each year, 250K vets enter the job market but face significant hurdles; and 85% of spouses indicate that it’s difficult to get hired. Employers don’t hire vets due to lack of civilian job experience and skills that don't directly correlate to jobs. Our impact solution equips candidates with internships to work with the top growing, innovative companies across the country, that are open to remote teams. We pay for education to build new skills. We provide access for spouses and vets with disabilities to work without leaving their resources, family or community. With OweYaa’s mission, the tech sector can pay-it-forward to the military. We owe it to ensure transition success and hire the military for our best meaningful careers.

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Connecting Vets to Meaningful 21st Century Careers
Connecting Vets to Meaningful 21st Century Careers
Connecting Vets to Meaningful 21st Century Careers

We’ll immediately hire a web developer to code the next iteration of OweYaa and launch on or before Jan 2017. We will hire a full-time engagement/sales manager to expand our employer member pool.

Over the next 6 months, we will onboard 1K candidates and provide free education and career plans to each candidate. We will onboard 30 new employers per month. Our current internship-employment conversion rate is 30% (for companies >50 employees). With our larger employer pool including enterprise companies, we project this rate to match the 80% national rate of internships converting into full-time employment.

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