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This App Wants To Take The Headache Out Of Home Renovations

Renovations are an exciting time for homeowners, but they can be extremely time consuming and expensive. The process of hiring trustworthy contractors, beating deadlines and meeting expectations can take a toll, but Remodelmate is letting users manage projects with just a few clicks from their smartphone. According to a Zillow report on consumer housing trends, the average homeowner made at least one home improvement in the past year and 65 percent plan to make at least one improvement within the next year. After helping a friend with a kitchen renovation, Remodelmate co-founder, Chad Hall, realized there was a hole in the market for easily accessing and hiring contractors. “Everything else in the world has become so simple,” Hall said. “Push a button, you get a ride with Uber. Push a button and you get lunch delivered — but this home improvement stuff is relatively archaic.” Hall said at the time, the only apps that helped with finding contractors were Angie’s List and Yelp and...

Arriana McLymore

Nov 9, 2018

Urban Energy Garden Founder Wants to Bring Sustainability To At-Risk Communities

As sustainability and its technologies evolve, some urban communities are getting left behind. Urban Energy Garden, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, is giving college students the opportunity to bring sustainability to communities. Urban Energy Garden launched in 2017 after its founder and president Taylor Weaver finished a research project with his Georgetown Law School professor. “A lot of people at the margins of the poverty line or who are right below it don’t have the same access to sustainable resources that other communities do,” Weaver said. Weaver’s research showed that black and Latino populations are disproportionately affected by pollution because their communities are not regulated, which can lead to community health issues like asthma and lung cancer. He also found that there was a very low minority representation in regulatory sectors and wanted to change that. Urban Energy Gardens is combatting this trend by providing internships and scholarships for college...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 19, 2018

Words Liive Founder Wants To Use Today's Music To Teach Literacy

Sage Salvo founded Words Liive in 2013 as a way to help teachers improve the literacy rates in their classroom. The platform  incorporates text, music and language arts curriculum to help elementary through high school students in language arts and English. What started as a teaching gig at Howard University after leaving the sports world as a financial analyst, bloomed into Salvo creating a platform focused on reshaping how students learn to to write. Salvo said his students and fellow poets inspired him to create Words Liive. He taught freshmen classes at Howard’s College of Arts and Sciences and noticed that students were not writing proficiently. “They were missing skills that they should have graduated high school with,” Salvo said. “It was alarming.” Salvo said many freshmen were not able to form coherent arguments in their essays or used slang throughout their assignments. Word Liive’s curriculum is curated within a few easy steps. Teachers select the text that they are using...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 15, 2018