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In 2013, Committee for Children’s Board of Directors and staff leadership had a bold vision: to invest in a new department within CFC dedicated to creating and developing new and original ideas, initiatives, products, and services that promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children.

 

New Mission Ventures: Blazing New Trails Through Innovation

Led by department director Mia Doces, New Mission Ventures executes on its mission by:

  • Imagining new products and services that expand our reach beyond the classroom
  • Leveraging new technologies to create innovative solutions and broaden mission impact
  • Developing partnerships with individuals and organizations that can make a difference for children
  • Exploring reconfigured business models

Our Guiding Principles

New Mission Ventures looks for unique solutions that can be piloted, iteratively developed, and brought to market quickly to create positive social change. Projects may originate in schools and expand outward to families and communities, or they may be delivered directly to children, parents, or community service providers. They may support children from birth through college age. Regardless, the basic tenets remain the same: projects must be bound by our mission of fostering the social and emotional development, safety, and well-being of children. They should also solve unmet needs, be scalable, future-oriented, financially viable, and tied to effective practice.

Innovation Is No Longer About Going It Alone

The vision for New Mission Ventures is ambitious, but we’re off to a good start. Since launching in the fall of 2013, we have several projects already in development. Current partners include cross-sector experts and cutting-edge organizations from around the nation working with us to improve the lives of children.

Projects in Development


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Mindfulness for Children

Currently in the post-pilot stage, this digitally delivered program will support children and adults in learning brief mindfulness practices together. The activities are designed to help students get calm, focused, and connected.

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ParentEd

This pediatrician-recommended rich media application is designed to align with children’s “well child” visits and aims to give parents the skills and knowledge they need to help their children thrive at multiple developmental stages.

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Parent Coaching App Pilot

CFC is partnering with Mazlo, a company that creates coaching programs for achieving personal and professional goals, to create two-week coaching modules focusing on SEL-related parenting behaviors that support the well-being of children. Parents using the modules can track their successes with a mobile-friendly web-based application. 

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Game Jam

In an effort to explore ways to use gaming as an engaging medium to teach SEL skills to children, NMV is hosting a workshop roughly modeled on a “game jam,” in which a small group of experienced game designers, clinicians, and developmental researchers solve a specific design challenge: to reduce anxiety and aggression in early adolescents while improving targeted SEL skills.

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SEL4Home

One of the most difficult challenges faced by developers of school-based social-emotional learning programs is the transfer of SEL skills and knowledge from school to home. Created with members of the Vibe Group at Microsoft, this program is testing the use of a magnetic postcard that links to a portal hosting dynamic digital SEL content for parents and children to experience together.

Past Projects


Points of Light Civic X Accelerator

In the fall of 2014, Committee for Children sponsored Points of Light’s fifth Civic Accelerator. Civic X is the first startup accelerator program focused on “civic ventures”—enterprises that inspire, equip, and mobilize people to create positive change. For more information visit http://www.pointsoflight.org/civic-incubator/civic-accelerator.

Working Parents Project

Working with New York-based user experience firm Alpha UX, CFC conducted user experience testing to explore possible product ideas and research topics of greatest interest to parents.

Social-Emotional Literary Prize

This project explored the viability of creating a literary prize for the writers and illustrators of children’s literature with a positive social-emotional message.

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