Wave LF End-of-Term Summary: What We Did (And Baked!) in the Fall

  1. Accessibility was one of our key focuses. We added full subtitles to each of our videos, and are working on producing full transcripts for each of our podcast episodes (thanks to one of our past instructors, Emma, for the suggestion). We tested our website’s color combinations against several kinds of colorblindness and improved our contrast. On a larger scale, we’re opening up accessibility to courses and tutoring for those without high-speed internet by building more asynchronous options, like our text-based tutoring community (and a super cool, slightly secret project coming soon!).
  2. We brought on board several new partners. We’re super excited to continue serving the Lang School this semester, as well as several new schools and organizations (ICEF Schools and Black Girls Do STEM)! It’s been an honor to work with these awesome students and watch them grow. In addition, we are extremely thankful to bring on Citibank as our newest sponsor. Citibank is committed to supporting career readiness, economic opportunities for low-income communities, and racial equity, and we can’t wait to see what we can build with their support.
  3. Our tutoring team launched Wave Learning Festival Clubs! This semester, students in our community came together to bake some tasty treats and enjoy other activities together. Check out some of their talented creations:
  1. Tutoring has been running smoothly every day.
  2. We ran several college- and opportunity-focused events for our high school community.
  3. We launched 25 new podcast episodes, with inspiring guests discussing everything from artificial intelligence to political cartooning to medical school. Listeners from 25 countries around the world played it thousands of times.
  4. Our tech team improved loading times by over 90% across the website, put in place a tutoring confirmation email system, improved our newsletter subscribe/unsubscribe system, improved student workflows
  1. This season, high-schooler Wave Learning Festival organizers were admitted to amazing colleges around the world! Thank you for your incredible term-time dedication, congratulations on your achievements, and warmest wishes for your journeys ahead.
  2. We loved bringing in the community to volunteer with us — thanks to Harvard Day of Service and others who contributed to our instructional material!
  • Gemma Lenowitz & Uchenna Ezibe, Overdeck Family Foundation
  • Professor Mike Smith, Harvard University
  • Deborah Quazzo, GSV Ventures
  • Ally Philip, Alondra Ramirez, & Colleen Kelly, Harvard SICI
  • Rebekah Emanuel, Harvard iLab
  • Bridget Burns, University Innovation Alliance
  • Annie Greene, Jamie Roach, Chmba Chilemba, Ali Caplan, We Are Family Foundation

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