Bright by Text chosen as Innovate for Good winner

Innovate Photo Bright Buzz 07-2015Bright by Three was honored to be selected by the Rose Community Foundation as a winner of their Innovate for Good contest for our Bright by Text program, along with eight other amazing and innovative projects making Denver a better place to live this year.

The Foundation asked the question, “What new and innovative idea would you bring to life to make the Greater Denver community a better place to live?” Over 400 submissions were narrowed down with the help of 130 community members based on the ideas’ innovation, creativity, feasibility, and ability to make a measurable difference within one year. Bright by Three and the eight other project winners were honored on June 18, 2015 at the Rose Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Governor John Hickenlooper and Sheila Bugdanowitz, president and CEO of the Rose Community Foundation, addressed the audience and shared the story of Rose working in the Denver community for 20 years. The announcement of the contest winners was made by Anne Trujillo of Channel 7News, with a video shown featuring each contest winner. Watch the video featuring Bright by Text below:

As an Innovate for Good winner, Bright by Three received $28,000 to help with further development of the Bright by Text program. Specifically, these funds will be used to localize early childhood resources, so that text subscribers can receive content relevant to their geographical area, as well as the age of their child. Local messaging may include childcare options, early literacy or storytime programs at local libraries, or health care and referrals that will direct families to nearby resources. In addition, content will inform families about free admission days and children’s events at the various cultural facilities in and around Denver, promote Denver’s Five By Five for Early Head Start families, and distribute health, nutrition, and education guidance. By combining news about free, nearby community resources that support healthy early childhood development with our existing content of learning games and parenting tips, Bright by Text will become an indispensable, highly unique tool for parents and other caregivers.

The goal of Bright by Three’s work and the Bright by Text program is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools they need to support the healthy development of children and prepare them for success in school and beyond. We would like to thank the Rose Community Foundation for selecting Bright by Text as an Innovate for Good winner and allowing us to provide Denver parents and caregivers with this essential support system.

For more information about Bright by Text, click here. To learn more about the Rose Community Foundation and their Innovate for Good project, visit their website here.