Helping Academy Graduates Stay on Track and Connected through Technology
The Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA) promotes leadership and academic skills for teens while building self-esteem, pride, and discipline. The academy is part of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program in 30 US states and territories designed for students ages 16-18 who have dropped out of high school or are at risk. The goal is to help them through an intensive education and rehabilitation program which uses National Guard cadres to establish a strict routine, instill the value of teamwork, and promote a goal-oriented mindset. Youth must apply to the GYA and be accepted before they can attend this demanding program. Since it opened in 1998, more than 6,400 cadets have completed the program that supports them in leading successful and fulfilling lives.
Innovation in Action
The DxHub innovation process based on Amazon’s Working Backwards methodology results in several artifacts that help inform and guide the result. Below is a description of each and their purpose in the process.
|Story Board||A series of frames are designed to illustrate the problem and the impact of the solution visually.|
|Press Release & Frequently Asked Questions||During the Innovation Workshop, a fictional Press Release and nonfictional Frequently Asked Questions are drafted. This is a tool that is used to define the solution and why it matters to the customer.|
|Mockups||A clickable user interface that demonstrates the solution.|
|Source Code||All of the code and assets developed during the course of creating the prototype.|
About the DxHub
The Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) is a strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is the world’s first cloud innovation center supported by AWS on a University campus. The primary goal of the DxHub is to provide real-world problem-solving experiences to students by immersing them in the application of proven innovation methods in combination with the latest technologies to solve important challenges in the public sector. The challenges being addressed cover a wide variety of topics including homelessness, evidence-based policing, digital literacy, virtual cybersecurity laboratories and many others. The DxHub leverages the deep subject matter expertise of government, education and non-profit organizations to clearly understand the customers affected by public sector challenges and develops solutions that meet the customer needs.