12 Buckets is starting the year with not one but two apps thanks to community and corporate generosity. One app will benefit our mentors and mentees. The other is for those of you who would like to hear more about the mentoring program, and perhaps even throw your support behind what we do.
The free component of this app keeps you directly up to date with what's happening at 12 Buckets. Additionally, the app offers you the opportunity to financially support a local 12 Buckets student in a way that is safe for the student and for you.
When you do this, you will receive regular updates about the activities and progress of your child as they participate in the 12 Buckets program. What's more, you will be able to send messages of encouragement to them, letting them know that they aren't alone and that there are people in the Perth village who are behind them, who believe in them and who are cheering them on.
For more details, or to download the app, check it out in the iTunes store now.
12 Buckets has also benefited from the generosity of developers at Bankwest, with a new sign-in app for the mentoring program.
This initiative arose following a meeting between 12 Buckets CEO Travis Fitch and Volunteering WA staff who facilitate the Skilled Volunteering program. Together, they identified that one of the immediate needs for 12 Buckets as an organisation was a thorough way of measuring the quantity and efficacy of the individual mentoring sessions that form the core of the 12 Buckets program.
Arising from that conversation, Travis was afforded the opportunity to work with a team of four developers from Bankwest to design an app that operates as a login/logout system for mentors and students. The app also includes self-assessment surveys for the children to complete, which in turn will assist us in measuring the effect of the program.
Travis Fitch reflects:
Changes to our program like these can appear small, but they are incredibly significant as we put energy into being able to demonstrate the social impact of the 12 Buckets program. We have been receiving some convincing and encouraging anecdotal evidence from the school in which 12 Buckets operates, but to have regular and considered self-reflection from the students themselves will help take the measurement of what we do to a whole other level.
The design and release coincides with the beginning of the new mentoring year, allowing us to begin our measurements straight away.
Our sincere gratitude to the team at Bankwest. What an incredible gift you have built - this is going to make a huge impact on how we walk beside these students. Thanks once again to Volunteering WA for being the conduit for this generosity.
Oh. And apparently Travis and the Bankwest developers ate some great Mexican lunch while designing the app. Some people get all the perks.