Too many families in New York City are struggling to get by. Thirty-one percent of workers are employed but don’t get paid enough to cover the high costs of living, forty-five percent report being underemployed and wish they could work more hours, and many parents are spending nearly HALF their income on childcare (a year of childcare costs double the tuition and fees at a local 4-year university).
This year, Blue Ridge Labs is exploring how technology can play a role in tackling challenges working parents face– including family care responsibilities and barriers to entry such as English language proficiency, skills gaps, education and credentials, which prevent working parents from moving into higher paying careers.
Blue Ridge Labs, an initiative of Robin Hood, brings together communities with technologists to design new solutions to the challenges facing low-income New Yorkers. Community input from the Design Insight Group (DIG) has helped build new apps that enable New Yorkers to get repairs in their homes, manage their SNAP benefits from their phones, and get connected to free legal services.
Blue Ridge Labs is currently looking for working parents to share their experiences and opinions with the DIG team and get paid $25/hour for their time.
Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. The organization provides 200 of the best nonprofits with financial, real estate, and management support.