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Virtual Technology Helps Summer Camps Grow Globally

Virtual technology provides an opportunity for camps to reach more youth Summer camp looks a lot different than it used to. Swimming, kayaking, music lessons, STEM activities, and crafts have been replaced with Zoom calls with friends and counselors. But that doesn’t...

Uniting Together Through Virtual Connections

Join Hands ESL, a youth organization built on community, forges digital connections    Join Hands ESL, based in East St. Louis, IL, is a youth and family program with a mission to encourage the “pursuit of education as a pathway out of poverty.” The organization...

Youth Community Civic Engagement Goes Digital

Ohio-based youth program Think Make Live Youth goes virtual   Think Make Live Youth, a Columbus, OH-based youth organization, aims to “provide innovative leadership and civic engagement programs to support opportunity youth.” The organization began under the...

Connecting the Dots, Digitally

Dottie Rose Foundation expands programming through new technology   Charlotte, NC-based Dottie Rose Foundation teaches middle school girls STEM skills through application-based camps. Campers experience technology and computer science concepts through the lens of...

Teens Combat Boredom With Reflection and Scholarship

High school students use time at home as an opportunity for personal growth   As students across the country are stuck at home during school closures, many are at a loss for how to spend their time. Boredom can set in, which can correlate with physical and...

Charlotte-based Foundation Supports College Scholarships

Steve Smith Family Foundation sponsors college scholarships for teens at home   The Steve Smith Family Foundation sponsored college scholarships for Challenge Accepted!, a free program for teenagers by Ascend, maker of gamified goal-setting software. Ascend began...

We’re Just Getting Started

Ascend Selects First Winners for College Scholarship Program   One week after launching Challenge Accepted!, a free public version of Ascend’s gamified goal-setting platform, the education technology startup has selected its first two winners. Challenge Accepted!...

Through Service We Heal, Grow & Inspire

Daniel Horgan of CoLabL Sponsors College Scholarships Through Ascend   CoLabL Founder and CEO Daniel Horgan is sponsoring one month’s worth of college scholarships to engage teens in community outreach challenges that they can complete at home through Challenge...

Ascend Launches Free Platform for College Scholarships

Ascend, creator of gamified goal-setting software for middle and high school students announced it will be launching a free program called Challenge Accepted! to maintain middle and high school student engagement in positive, healthy activities during school closures....

Dual National Conference Presence for Ascend

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...

National MENTOR Summit Adds Ascend to Technology Panel

Ascend, creator of goal-setting software for empowering middle and high school students, presented at the National Mentoring Summit on Thursday, January 30, 2020, in Washington, D.C. The summit focused on promoting the power of mentoring relationships on youth and...

Ascend COO Presents at National Ed-tech Conference

Ascend, creator of goal-setting software for empowering middle and high school students, presented at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference in Boston, MA on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The Across Boundaries Conference unites technology companies, educators,...

Gratitude and Growth: Ascend 2019 Year in Review

This season is a time of reflection, the team at Ascend (formerly SkoolAide) is grateful for the connections we’ve made with our community of educators, mentors, teens, and those in the startup community. We’ve had the opportunity to learn and grow from each one of...

Ascend selected for Seed the South Big Pitch

Ascend was selected to participate in Seed the South’s Big Pitch competition on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The goal of Seed the South is to “engage new and current investors, elevate the Charlotte ecosystem, and showcase the Queen City’s innovative startups.” ...

Charlotte-based startup SkoolAide changes name to Ascend

SkoolAide, the creator of goal-setting software for teen high school students, has changed its name to Ascend. The name change comes after careful consideration from founding team members and reflects the upward movement the company wants to encourage in each and...

Ascend Announced as 2019 Charlotte Inno on Fire Winner

Ascend was included on a list of the 2019 Inno on Fire winners hosted by Charlotte Inno, a chapter of American Inno.  According to the Charlotte Inno website, “winners were culled from the results of a nomination process and insight generated from the Charlotte Inno...

Ascend Visits Mallard Creek High School for a Day of Design Thinking

Ascend COO Christine Nicodemus and Director of School and Student Success Missi Rossi conducted design-thinking and marketing planning workshops at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The workshops were an opportunity for Mallard...

Ascend Launches Pitch Competition With Girls Who Code

Ascend launched a pitch competition within the local chapter of Girls Who Code at Mallard Creek High School on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Director of School and Student Success Missi Rossi visited Mallard Creek High School to lead the school’s Girls Who Code...

Ascend Invited to SoGal Pitch Competition

Ascend has been invited to pitch at the regional SoGal Pitch Competition in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, August 28. The pitch competition includes 25 regional rounds spanning five continents, with startups competing for acceptance to the SoGal bootcamp in Silicon...

Ascend Accepted to Innovate Charlotte VMS Program

Ascend has been accepted into the Innovate Charlotte Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) Program, based on the renowned program at MIT. Innovate Charlotte VMS selects innovation-driven companies in the Charlotte region with proven success.  Ascend was unanimously accepted...

Ascend Grows Leadership Team

Ascend announces the addition of three key leaders to its team. CEO Reg Gabriel will be joined by Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer Christine Nicodemus, Chief Technology Officer Ted Piecora, and Director of School and Student Success Missi Rossi.  “Our team is...

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