•   about 1 year ago

Mentor: Joe Moran, True Colors Fund

Hi folks! My name is Joe Moran and I work at the True Colors Fund, which is a national organization working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. As the organization's Chief Creative Officer, my work lives at the intersection of design, communications, and technology. Prior to joining the True Colors Fund, I served as Director of Communications and Technology at Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), where I spent eight years building the communications and technology department. Over the years, I've also had the opportunity to lead digital strategy for Marriage Equality New York, OutAstoria, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NY. While I've worked in the digital space as a nonprofit techie and creative producer for over a decade, my background is actually in the arts. I have a degree in theatre, I owned a production company for a number of years, and I currently serve on the board of directors for a local arts council.

I'm excited to be mentoring for Hack4Equality's LGBT Homelessness challenge set. Many communities across the country have been developing web and mobile applications to help youth experiencing homelessness find the resources and opportunities they need, but there could definitely be more of a focus on collaboration – both within communities and across the country. With limited resources available, it's important that communities work together to avoid reinventing the wheel. Most importantly, if we're delivering youth-focused solutions, it's important that youth are at the table, as they are the experts of their own experiences.

Quick side note: Later this year, the True Colors Fund will also be launching our True Connect app, which will focus on connecting LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness across the country with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive – and ensure they can be themselves when accessing them. In the future, we plan to incorporate Open Opportunity data into the app. We will also release our data on safe and inclusive services under an open source license, so future Opportunity Project teams can include LGBT-friendly resources in their digital tools. We are particularly interested in establishing.

My questions I'd like to pose for participants are:
-How can we help facilitate the sharing of data between apps (particularly with the True Colors Fund's upcoming True Connect app, which will have a national focus)?
-How can we translate app content into multiple languages?
-How can we responsibly provide opportunities for youth to give feedback about their experiences with resources?

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