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Youth Unemployment in DFA Northwestern

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Alexey Revinski

3 years ago ·

Alexey Revinski

1. In the past one and a half weeks, we interviewed Curt's Cafe and its clients, and gathered most of our research for synthesis.
2. Hmm....
3. Decide on which organization (Youth Job Center or Curt's Cafe) to be working with, along with what problem within that organizations to tackle.
4. Right now we are stuck deciding between what to focus on. On one hand, our partner is Youth Job Center, but as we found out, they really just want to be advertised to "more qualified" clients, since they have a lot of higher level jobs unfilled. On the other hand, Curt's Cafe has also some feasible problems we could work on; the team is split on what to really focus on: what topic, demographic, organization, etc. We are sending out emails to both organizations asking for what direction(s) they see us working on, and we hope to have a clearer understanding by next meeting.

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

The four new questions:
1. What is our team's progress on the last goal, and what did we learn about our user(s) since then?
2. What else has our team accomplished that we are proud of since last meeting?
3. What is our team's goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-related) by next meeting?
4. What are the major obstacles stopping us from achieving this goal, and how will we resolve them?

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

3 years ago ·

SueSan Chen

1. We finally met with Katy this week! It was a productive interview and we learned a lot about the Youth Job Center (for example, how they operate and their major challenges). We came up with four How Can We's:
-HCW get more committed volunteers for the YJC?
-HCW improve the skillsets of young job seekers?
-HCW keep young job seekers motivated while maintaining realistic expectations?
-HCW broaden the demographics of people utilizing the YJC’s programs?
We also made our presentation for the crit today.
2. By next meeting, we will do more research and find more users to talk to. This way, we can narrow our HCWs and begin brainstorming solutions.
3. An obstacle impeding our progress is not being able to find users to talk to. We are in contact with organizations similar to the YJC, but we have not been able to talk to anyone in our user group, unemployed young adults.
4. Our major decision this week was narrowing the HCWs.

3 years ago ·

SueSan Chen

3 years ago ·

SueSan Chen

3 years ago ·

SueSan Chen

1. This week, we did research on local organizations and student groups that could serve as potential clients and users. The biggest insights came from Curt's Cafe, a local non-profit that provides food service training for at-risk youth in Evanston. 2. By next week, we will have had a meeting with Katy, our contact at the YJC. We will also be doing more research this week to find local contacts. 3. This week, our major obstacle was not being able to meet with our community partner. We feel like we can't do much until we get our major questions answered by Katy. 4. The major decision we are making is defining our problem, but again, we can't do that until we meet with Katy.

3 years ago ·

Alexey Revinski

1. Starting out - YAY!!! Today we:
- introduced everyone
- set a quick team charter
- set the means of communication
- set team goals
- went over our project
- went over the DFA process
- went over timeline for the quarter
- shared preliminary research, brainstormed on topics/users to research
- assigned research tasks for next week's meeting
2. We are hoping to interview our main contact, Katy, who is working with the Youth Job Center of Evanston. We will also try to reach out to a lot of different NU organizations dealing with youth unemployment, and research specific aspects of the problem
3. So far, we have not heard from our main contact, and we are waiting for her to set a time for the interview.
4. No big decisions yet.

3 years ago ·

Alexey Revinski

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

At the end of every meeting, please answer these questions here on the activity feed:

1. What did we accomplish since last meeting?
2. What will we accomplish by next meeting?
3. What obstacles are impeding our progress?
4. What are the big decisions we are making right now?

3 years ago ·

Justin Hatfield

3 years ago ·

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