In the summer of 2016, Global Health Corps, a leadership development nonprofit founded by Barbara Bush, organized a design challenge in collaboration with SYPartners. GHC offers a 1-year fellowship for young leaders at partner organizations focused on promoting health equity in East Africa, Southern Africa and the United States.
As part of SYPartner's Summer Design Challenge, 7 teams competed to help Global Health Corps supercharge their fellowship, tasked with mapping the journey of a fellow and prototyping an experience.
Working on a diverse team of four, we identified a core insight and unlock: as part of the 1-year GHC fellowship, each fellow is assigned a supervisor at their partner organization. This person is tasked with managing and overseeing the entirety of the fellow's experience. We identified that the supervisor was currently a critical and underserved stakeholder. They held information, expertise and access—that was untapped and underutilized. We developed a ‘superduo kit’—a solution that aimed to strengthen and supercharge the supervisor-fellow relationship.
After presenting our pitch to Barbara Bush, Founder of Global Health Corps, we won the challenge, which involved attending the mid-year fellow retreat in Rwanda and the implementation of our idea into their strategy and curriculum.
Our pitch outlined our core idea through the use of simple and compelling storytelling.
Shoutout to my awesome, badass teammates who inspire me daily with their strength, intelligence and grit: Leah Delany, Helen Li and Mandisa Mitchell.