CAS-Carrera using Skoodat cloud platform to expand success of its in-school adolescent pregnancy prevention program.
May 1, 2011 — New York City — Chattanooga-based Skoodat has been working with the Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) to deploy a cloud software solution within four pilot schools in New York City. The Skoodat solution has enabled CAS-Carrera to deepen its program’s impact in the four pilot schools by presenting a 360-degree view of each student participant.
“Skoodat’s platform enables us to capture a more complete, real-time view of every student. We track data about the whole person, measuring all seven of our key components — academics, employment, family life and sexuality education, self-expression, lifetime individual sports, medical and dental care and mental health services. Having all this data at our fingertips makes a big difference in our ability to help young people develop and thrive,” Dr. Michael A. Carrera, founder of CAS-Carrera stated.
The Skoodat solution also helps CAS-Carrera compare comprehensive student data with benchmark state and city assessment data, enabling the organization to accurately measure the relative impact of their programs.
In April, CAS-Carrera was awarded a $3.5 million Social Innovation Fund grant through the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to increase the numbers of youth served and continue to deepen its impact. CAS-Carrera received the grant through a national competition that identifies innovative programs working to solve problems confronting low-income youth in America.
“The concept seems simple: connect the dots between different types of data to discover opportunities and risks in each child’s life,” stated Ken McElrath, Skoodat CEO. “But until now, connecting those dots has been expensive and risky. Because data is often stored in many different places, it’s complicated to present data from multiple sources in a meaningful way. We reduce the risk and expense of connecting all those dots, making it possible for CAS-Carrera to scale its program, remain flexible, and keep costs down while expanding their services.”
Founded in 2008, Skoodat helps all types of education-focused organizations build and deploy applications more quickly and flexibly in the cloud. Skoodat uses a super secure, massively scalable and customizable cloud platform to create fully integrated data solutions and applications in a single-sign-on, 100% native Web environment. For more information about Skoodat, visit skoodat.com.
About Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera)
Founded in 1984 by Dr. Michael A. Carrera, CAS-Carrera is an evidence-based pregnancy prevention model that helps young people avoid becoming parents during the second decade of their lives. The holistic program combines daily academic enrichment, with weekly exposure and experience in the world of work, mental health services, family life and sexuality education, and comprehensive no-cost medical and dental services, as well as self-expression and lifetime individual sports. The medically accurate comprehensive sexuality education component contains a consistent and strong abstinence message. The program engages young people year-round, beginning in the fifth or sixth grade, and continues through graduation from high school and beyond.