There are insufficient resources offering sexual assault response including the use of a rape kit. There is no centralized database showing how many and which U.S. emergency rooms have those resources onsite. This means that survivors are turned away and must go to an emergency room in another city or even another state. This leaves survivors so exhausted and defeated that they give up.
Small Businesses (SB) create 1.5M jobs per year, and COVID-19 is having a negative impact on most of them. Under COVID-19, 35% of SB closed doors. For Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs, the prospects are more negative as 41% of Black-owned SB are closing in the same period. These two groups are also disproportionately affected by rising unemployment. This challenge proposes pilots in WA, MD, OK.
The 211 telephone service system provides a way for individuals facing problems to discover programs that may be able to help them. Many people experiencing homelessness dial 211 for information on available support programs, shelters, and related services. However, this system is extremely overloaded and unable to meet the growing demand.
Our schools are failing over 7 million students with disabilities. In most areas of the country, outcomes for students with disabilities lag significantly behind non-disabled peers. A key piece of this problem is the lack of intentional collaboration about student needs across school teams - teachers, administrators, specialists, parents, and other stakeholders who work with individual students.
The source of drinking water for over 500,000 people, the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer is a natural treasure of North Idaho and Eastern Washington. It deserves to be preserved and protected. Practices such as eliminating septic tanks and pre-treating stormwater over the Aquifer have greatly improved water quality over what it was 40 years ago.
For low-income students, school can be the only place where they eat a healthy lunch and consistent meals. To end extreme poverty, we must promote good nutrition and end hunger.
Women who choose to stay in abusive relationships occupy a morally ambiguous identity category. They are at once pitied for their victimhood and shamed for their participation in it. Educating the public on how prevalent abuse actually is, and what their role can be in helping a victim is the first step towards safety for all.
Debates over effective voting policies have recently come into the spotlight, but it's been an issue for many elections now. America has a notorious history of low voter turnout, and with Covid-19 altering how and when Americans will be voting, the threat to democracy is ever-present. Engaging voters typically neglected and providing alternative voting methods can help combat the uncertainty.
Becoming socially and ecologically conscious in business is the way of the future. Promoting responsible energy and resource consumption by implementing clean energy practices can make businesses stand out amongst competitors. Tracking and limiting use can be difficult, but companies who implement practices and tools to improve their habits will lead the way in energy accountability.
It is hardly news that women—particularly women of color—are chronically underrepresented in the US tech sector. Perhaps more alarming is that the trend is headed in the wrong direction. The percentage of computing roles women hold has largely declined in the United States over the past 25 years.