Lamar: Thanks for inviting me, Spiffy! Teens of Color Abroad, also known as TOCA, was created to address the racial disparities in language learning and study-abroad opportunities. We believe that when provided with international language learning opportunities, high school students of color, especially those from under-resourced communities, will become global ambassadors in college and beyond.
Michael: Pleased to be here, Spiffy! What if I told you that the days of vaccines being associated with making appointments, traveling to clinics, and receiving uncomfortable shots will soon come to an end? Vaxess Technologies, along with teams at Tufts University and MIT, have developed the MIMIX platform: a vaccine patch technology. With the MIMIX platform, Vaxess is working towards a future where vaccines for the majority of illnesses—from flu to COVID— can be administered via a vaccine patch that’s as easy and painless to apply as a Band-Aid.
Allie: Happy to be here, Spiffy! At Play 2 Progress we help set children up for success by partnering with families to address early child development from birth through early elementary. We empower parents to understand how to play with their baby to benefit their development and engage their sensory system, which is key to building critical neural connections in the brain. Additionally, we provide a community to connect like-minded parents. The three main ways we set up a strong foundation for development and act both preventatively and reactively are by addressing social emotional regulation, meeting physical milestones, and facilitating a community of like-minded parents. We do all of this through play which means our days are filled with fun!
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