Challenge America Makers for Veterans coming to Cleveland Spring 2019

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Challenge America is excited to announce Challenge America Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS), a new and unique program designed to address unmet needs affecting injured veterans.

Through a series of events, veteran participants (Challenge Knowers) work alongside a team of experts (Solution Makers) to make a creative, customized solution that addresses a specific challenge that the veteran is struggling with.

Partnering with Challenge America in this program is St. Edward High School in Lakewood, where the main events will take place. With 12,000 square feet of workspaces designed specifically for collaborative ideation and creation, including makerspaces for hands-on design and prototyping, St. Edward’s Joseph & Helen Lowe Institute for Innovation couldn’t be a more perfect location.

Applications are now open for veterans to apply to participate in the program by submitting challenges that they are facing as a result of a service-related disability (physical or cognitive). First they tell us what they need and then, if there is a possible technological solution to that need, they’ll take part in actually designing a solution that will work for them. Every Veteran is different, so no more one-size-fits-all solutions. If you know a Veteran in the Cleveland area who could benefit from this program, please encourage them to apply!

CAMVETS grew out of our partnership with Israeli nonprofit, Restart, on their flagship program called Makers For Heroes. Challenge America led the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Makers For Heroes in Tel Aviv, Israel and witnessed the miraculous solutions and transformative experiences for our veterans and everyone involved. We were so inspired;we decided right then and there that we needed to bring it back to the U.S. And so CAMVETS was born.

For more information about CAMVETS, please contact Maggie Tolan, Director of Research and Development: maggie@challengeamerica.com

 CAMVETS participants will meet, learn, and build in The Joseph and Helen Lowe Institute for Innovation, St. Edward High School.

CAMVETS participants will meet, learn, and build in The Joseph and Helen Lowe Institute for Innovation, St. Edward High School.

 Challenge America and Makers for Heroes solutions were customized to meet each veteran’s needs.

Challenge America and Makers for Heroes solutions were customized to meet each veteran’s needs.


About Challenge America
At Challenge America - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - we have made it our mission to connect service members, veterans, and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives. From the beginning, we set out to challenge the status quo by designing and scaling innovative, evidence-based solutions to the needs of the military community - no matter where they live. By leveraging technology, creative arts, and community solidarity, we are challenging America to think differently about how we serve our military.
   

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