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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DC SCORES chosen as finalist for 501cTech Technology Impact Award

DC SCORES is proud to announce that we've been selected as a finalist for a Technology Impact Award. The awards are given every year by 501cTech, which "delivers sustainable technology solutions for nonprofits serving the common good."

DC SCORES was chosen by a panel of judges as a finalist from 29 applications. As a finalist in the $500,000-$2 million budget category along with Potomac Riverkeeper, we will present about our technology innovations on Oct. 18 at Blackboard's office in the District.

The judges will then select a winner and runner-up from each category, which will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Celebration of Technology event. All four finalist organizations will be recognized at the celebration.

The news validates several changes DC SCORES has made over the past year to streamline both internal and external communications in an effort to more smoothly run our program for 1,500 youth. A few of our technological innovations include:

  • Using technology to provide flexible coach trainings in recognition of variable teacher schedules for our 150-plus coaches. This fall, we have added video tutorials explaining different aspects of our curriculum and a comprehensive coaches handbook.
  • Using Blackboard Connect (a digital mass notification system), which increased our coach training attendance by 50 percent
  • Using internal, online site visit forms allowed program team leaders to get real-time observations from which to make immediate program troubleshooting decisions.
  • Thanks to digital media engagement, DC SCORES staff experienced a cohesive engagement internally and externally in ways that they wouldn't otherwise - and all staff now feel connected to external communication of our impact. Several staff members Tweet as DC SCORES from different events and conference they're at.

Check back with us after Oct. 18 to see whether we won the award. In the meantime, see how DC SCORES is using social media and technology on a daily basis to communicate the impact of our Arts/Athletics/Academics model by starting at our website and visiting any of our seven different external platforms.

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