Ascend, creator of gamified goal-setting software for empowering middle and high school students, presented at two national conferences on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

At the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference in Boston, MA, Co-Founder and COO Christine Nicodemus presented on the impact that goal-setting through Ascend is having on teen students in the Charlotte region and beyond. The Across Boundaries Conference unites technology companies, educators, school administrators, students, and other stakeholders in the educational space to learn and share how technology can impact and improve education.

Nicodemus shared how the platform is giving educators, school administrators, and mentoring program directors the ability to track student progress and evaluate programming in an innovative way— through the lens of student goals and achievement.

Nicodemus was honored with the opportunity to speak to the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries audience after the organization hosted a pitch competition last fall. Ascend was one of two winners selected to present. 

“It was amazing to be selected as a speaker for Across Boundaries, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it has given the team at Ascend to connect with leaders in the educational space who care deeply about student achievement,” said Nicodemus. “I was able to connect with so many people who are looking for new ways to connect with students and to make tracking student interests, goals, and successes easier for their staff and volunteers.”

In Washington D.C. at the National Mentoring Summit, Director of Client Success Missi Rossi spoke on a panel discussion highlighting the intersection of technology and mentoring. Rossi highlighted the power of using mobile technology to connect with youth, the impact of gamification, and how user-friendly software can not only make goal-setting engaging for youth mentees, it can also aid in the evaluation process for program managers. Rossi presented alongside mentoring innovators from Facebook, AT&T, and Deloitte.

“I loved being able to learn about the exciting things happening in the mentoring space and to share how our gamified goal-setting software is helping mentoring organizations both engage their mentees and track their goal progress,” said Rossi. “The best part of participating in the National Mentor Summit was connecting with other individuals who are working on innovative programs to connect with youth, build on their natural strengths, and engage them in cultivating a meaningful path for themselves.”

“It was an incredibly exciting week for our team,” said Nicodemus. “We’re grateful we had the opportunity to share our story and our technology with stakeholders in the education and mentorship spaces. It’s been an honor to connect with other individuals and organizations who are aiming for the same thing we are— to empower students to achieve their goals.”


About Ascend

Ascend is a student empowerment platform that enables schools and youth organizations to track student goals. Through Ascend’s gamified goal-setting app, students create goals and build social capital, and administrators easily report on outcomes. Ascend is proud to be a minority and woman-owned business and supports organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and beyond.