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Reaching Out With Technology -- From Girls in Gaming to Easy-To-Use Online Legal Services

Below are three examples of how our donors make it possible for us to fund grants that harness technology for good.  

Global Kids participants display an app they built at Emoti-Con!, an annual education and tech fair.
A young woman uses Mount Sinai’s app to get confidential answers to health questions. 
Girls in Gaming 

In one game, players explore global standards of beauty. In another, they push for higher wages for women. This year, The Trust’s $100,000 grant to Global Kids is funding afterschool technology classes for high school girls to create social-themed video games and prepare for technology careers. The program embraces interactive learning while encouraging girls to study science, technology, engineering, and math.   

Teens Take Charge of Their Health 

New York teens can download an app to ask pressing health questions. With a $100,000 grant from The Trust, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, the country’s largest, will improve the app, called Health Squad, which already is used by hundreds of teens nationwide. 

Easy-to-Use Legal Services 

Getting help online should be simple, efficient, and free. Yet legal help sites are often overwhelming, confusing, and contain outdated information. With help from The Trust,—New York’s leading online resource for people who have legal problems and cannot afford a lawyer—will be getting a redesign. The Trust is giving Pro Bono Net $75,000 to update “Because legal fees are so expensive, The Trust makes a difference by supporting projects that make legal services easily available for everyone,” says Patricia Jenny, The Trust’s vice president who oversees competitive grants. She adds: “This site will help New Yorkers understand and advocate for their rights.”  With our grant, Pro Bono Net will make the site’s content more user-friendly and translate more of the online resources into Spanish. 

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