In the United States, more than 50,000 schools are without a bus system. In Austin, there are about 65 magnet and charter schools with no or limited bussing. Especially in single-parent and working-parent households, families are struggling to drive their kids to and from school as it often interferes with parents’ own work schedules. Attending after-school activities most often depends on parents being able to drive their kids to and from those activities; many low-income families, especially in areas underserved by the public METRO busses, are not able to have their kids attend after-school activities.
Transportation difficulties affect school attendance.
GoKid aims to bring its family mobility solution to Austin, Texas to help lower-income and at-risk students and their families improve school attendance and lower tardiness. We also want to improve safety and security. We can empower individuals, schools, communities, and organizations to collaborate in order to radically improve Austins’ mobility. We see GoKid as the tech tool of choice for schools with little or no busing.
GoKid will offer the full technology solution to up to 15 schools in low-income neighborhoods as well as up to 5 sports and community centers in Austin, TX, helping parents organize their carpools; the grant will support this initiative by providing us the go-to-market funds which will enable us to fund school pilots, hire a local area sales and smart city representative and initiate additional partnerships with after-school activities and leagues.