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Our principles

Throughout the OneVille Project, our core goal has been to support diverse partners to collaborate in the success of each young person. We’ve wanted to figure out which free/low-cost tech tools and communication strategies could help. In this work, we have held tight to the following principles:

-Our goal is the success of each young person who shares the community. The success of each buoys the success of all.
- By "success," we don’t just mean graduation. We mean tapping each young person's full potential to contribute intellectually, socially, and creatively to society.
- We want to support partnership in student success across lines of income, racial/ethnic background, language difference and tech literacy.
- That means building relationships between the full range of key supporters in young people’s lives, including people not regularly included in the conversation (e.g., families who don’t speak English; peers; afterschool providers).
- To partner effectively, these key supporters must be able to share and access necessary forms of information about young people’s progress and experience, and about available resources and opportunities.
- Any tech tool we test or create should employ free/low cost and as possible, open-source technology, so that any community can adapt strategies that work.
- Any communication strategy we come up with should be low cost and sustainable so that others can do it.
- Communication solutions designed by members of diverse and mixed-income communities are more likely to be embraced and used in those communities. People who share schools need to innovate solutions for themselves.