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Learn Collaborate

Learn Collaborate is a free project based educational and professional development platform for young girls and women ages 14 - 25.

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Project Description

 

OUR MISSION.

B~STEM Project (www.bstemproject.org) is a non-for-profit that offer free Project-Based educational and professional develop programs to young girls and women as well as organizations and educational institutions. We have created our first edu-tech product, Learn Collaborate, under our for-profit venture in an effort to expand our impact.

Learn Collaborate (a for-profit venture) offers free and low-cost project based educational and professional development opportunities for young girls and women ages 14 - 25. Our demographics includes not only high school, college and recent grads but those that are also considered "disconnected youth." The overarching goal is to create vast and easily accessible skill development opportunities centered around business and technology across all industries and job sectors.


ABOUT PRODUCT.

Learn Collaborate, a project based educational and professional development platform where female aspiring and emerging talent come together to engage, learn and grow.  Whether the user is a high school or college student, a recent grad or among the 5 million disconnected youth in the U.S.  The platform aims to help cultivate a vibrant community of future leaders, innovators and world changers. Projects listed are created by users and fellow community members have an opportunity to join the team mentored by professionals. 

Today young girls and women, particularly those of color, unfortunately are not being prepared for the 21st century workforce. Our archaic and often underfunded public high schools and colleges are not addressing the needs of aspiring and emerging talent - not even close. Not to mention those 5 million youth and young adults between the ages of 14-25 who do not attend school. The skillset divide, both hard and soft, only continues to widen. This means that professional career options are narrowing and marginalizing those who don't have the proper training, access and network.  There are far too many who are not able to take advantage of the vast opportunities technology is ushering in.

Project-Based Learning: Advertising Program for High School Girls

COVID-19 has only unveiled the many systematic problems and institutionalized biases our young girls and women are facing daily. With a keen understanding into the many challenges, we've developed Learn Collaborate, a solution-based product that will be transformative. Our hope is that every young girl and woman will be equipped with a solid foundation to be a successful and thriving contributor to our global society. 

 

PROBLEM SOLVING.

There are multiple problems we are looking to solve:

  1. The platform cultivates a safe community where young girls and women can engage, learn and grow through project based collaborations
  2. Through project based collaboration users will learn and enhance both soft and hard skills for the purpose of professional development
  3. Help emerging talent build a portfolio of work that can be used when applying to college or a job
  4. Provides an opportunity for users to receive mentorship from leading professionals while building their network of recommendations and referrals 
  5. Provide a space for female talent to harness educational and professional opportunities

It's imperative that we start early in fostering aspiring and emerging talent. The platform is also holistic in its approach by allowing organizations, educational institutions and companies to offer:

  1. Educational and Professional Project-based Challenges
  2. Educational and Professional Opportunities
  3. Events and Programs
Program-Based Learning: Digital Marketing Program

 

MARKET SIZE & OPPORTUNITY

  1. Primary Audience - High School & College Students
  2. Secondary Audience - Professionals
  3. Partners - Companies, Schools & Organizations
Project-Based Learning: App Development

OUR BUDGET.

Our budget of $68K will allow us to develop the platform (Beta Version), in which we can engage users, garner feedback and start to grow a vibrant community of young girls and women - 100% of the budget will be used on these aspects.

 

OUR TEAM

I'm Tracie Dean Ponder (www.traciedeanponder.com) and I am the Founder & Executive Director of B~STEM Project (www.bstemproject.com).  We've been providing free project-based learning business and tech curriculums and programs since 2016.  Our interactive project-based programs has impacted over 3,000 young girls and women across the U.S.  Please check out some of our dynamic work by visiting www.bstemproject.org and go to Experiences to see our videos.

My background not only includes curriculum development and producing educational and professional development programs, I've lead teams in product development and most recently for a company co-founded by Abigail Disney.  I am extremely passionate about creating technology that educate and cultivate aspiring and emerging talent. 

Other dynamic leading members of the team include:

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is B~STEM Project's mission?

At B~STEM Project we are passionate about unlocking the potential of young girls and women by providing free comprehensive educational programs and tools across all industries and job sectors. We believe that “STEM is everywhere,” not just in one sector. B~STEM’s complementary and unique interactive programs span across industries like Entertainment, Advertising, Fashion and Sports as well as Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences. Our participants’ knowledge and skills are developed through practice, coaching and mentoring by industry-specific experts. We believe in cultivating thought leaders, inspiring innovation and creating dynamic opportunities through real-life scenarios, collaboration and Project-Based Learning (PBL). 
 

What is B~STEM Project's track record and impact?

Since 2016 we have impacted more than 3K young girls and women across the nation. 

 

How do we learn more about the creator of Learn Collaborate?

Please visit traciedeanponder.com for more information. 

 

Why is there a crowdfunding campaign for Learn Collaborate and where does the money go?

Learn Collaborate is a for-profit venture founded by B~STEM Project's founder and executive director Tracie Dean Ponder. We already have a proof of concept and now we're looking to raise seed funding to develop the platform. All of the money raised will go towards development and usr testing. 

 

How do we keep up to date on how the platform is progressing?

We will update all of our donors on our progress. After raising the money needed to develop the platform it will take 6 to 8 months to complete. 

 

Besides making a financial contribution what other support is needed?

We welcome any introductions to potential investors or donors. 

 

How can we contact you or B~STEM Project?

For more information you can email B~STEM Project's founder, Tracie Dean Ponder, at tdp@bstemproject.org.

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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
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  • We'll continue to thank our Galvanizers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Encouragers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • We'll continue to thank our Encouragers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Energizers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • We'll continue to thank our Energizers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Motivators for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll continue to thank our Motivators via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
  • Participate in our Motivators spotlight via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Inspirers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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INFLUENCE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Influencers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • Receive an invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Growers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Receive an exclusive invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • As a thank you we'll list your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Grow Contributor
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Empowers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a one-on-one guided tour by Tracie
  • Receive an invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • Receive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • As a thank you we'll list your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Empower Contributor
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • We'll integrate you, your company or your brand in our Learn Collaborate preview-launch celebration as an Empowerer
  • Connect with Tracie one-on-one virtually or in person (of course after Carona let's us out to play). I'm excited to discuss Learn Collaborate, educating and empowering emerging talent and what we're passionate about.  
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  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Transformers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a one-on-one guided tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • Receive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • As a thank you we'll feature your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Transform Contributor
  • We'll integrate you, your company or your brand in our Learn Collaborate preview-launch celebration as a Transformer
  • We'll do a spotlight on you, your company or your brand via our social media platforms
  • Connect with Tracie one-on-one virtually or in person (of course after Carona let's us out to play). I'm excited to discuss Learn Collaborate, educating and empowering emerging talent and what we're passionate about.  
  • Our eternal gratitude for helping to make this dream a reality
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ENGAGE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur and helping to empower young girls and women!
  • We'll continue to thank our Engagers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
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GALVANIZE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Entry into a $100 raffle for a chance to win a VISA gift card
  • We'll continue to thank our Galvanizers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
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ENCOURAGE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Encouragers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • We'll continue to thank our Encouragers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
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ENERGIZE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Energizers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • We'll continue to thank our Energizers via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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MOTIVATE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Motivators for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll continue to thank our Motivators via our social media channels throughout the fundraising campaign  
  • Participate in our Motivators spotlight via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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INSPIRE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Inspirers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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INFLUENCE
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Influencers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • Receive an invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
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GROW
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Growers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • Connect with Tracie virtually in a group chat about Learn Collaborate
  • Receive an exclusive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a guided group tour by Tracie
  • Receive an exclusive invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • We'll thank you via our social media platforms prior and during our Learn Collaborate preview launch celebration
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • As a thank you we'll list your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Grow Contributor
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EMPOWER
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Empowers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a one-on-one guided tour by Tracie
  • Receive an invitation to a live user test group discussion with emerging talent 18 - 25,
  • Receive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • As a thank you we'll list your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Empower Contributor
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • We'll integrate you, your company or your brand in our Learn Collaborate preview-launch celebration as an Empowerer
  • Connect with Tracie one-on-one virtually or in person (of course after Carona let's us out to play). I'm excited to discuss Learn Collaborate, educating and empowering emerging talent and what we're passionate about.  
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TRANSFORM
  • A VIRTUAL HUG and my deepest gratitude for supporting me as an entrepreneur while helping to empower young girls and women!
  • Custom video of Tracie thanking our Transformers for their support with your name at the end of the video
  • You'll be among the first to view the Learn Collaborate platform with a one-on-one guided tour by Tracie
  • Exclusive invitation for you to join Learn Collaborate by being a part of our User Testing
  • Receive behind the scenes updates during the development and launch of Learn Collaborate
  • Your name will be listed on our Learn Collaborate contributors page during our 1-day virtual pop-up cafe 
  • As a thank you we'll feature your name on our Learn Collaborate website during our launch as a Transform Contributor
  • We'll integrate you, your company or your brand in our Learn Collaborate preview-launch celebration as a Transformer
  • We'll do a spotlight on you, your company or your brand via our social media platforms
  • Connect with Tracie one-on-one virtually or in person (of course after Carona let's us out to play). I'm excited to discuss Learn Collaborate, educating and empowering emerging talent and what we're passionate about.  
  • Our eternal gratitude for helping to make this dream a reality
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