The YourTurn App is now available!

Jul 27, 2013 by corey 

 

Our Founder, Travis talks about why he created the YourTurn app, and its usefulness.

The app is now available for free on iTunes. Get it here.

We’d love to hear from you – shoot us a message @YourTurn.

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An Update for our Beta Members

Jun 4, 2013 by corey 

Hey Beta members,

Here’s a quick refresher of what YourTurn does:

allows you to create a profile
allows others to ask you questions about your job, experience, etc.
allows others to add goals off of the experiences in your profile
takes that goal data and, if you permit, gives it back to schools and employers
Once you’ve been approved as a Beta members you signed up, you already have a User and Profile account. It’s just lacking some info. The best way to fix that is by clicking the link below to reset your password, which will take you to the page where you update your profile:

http://www.yourturn.org/password_resets

What’s next? A lot, but here are next three items:

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iPhone app: This is in the works and should be in the App Store soon. One of the features is that you’ll be able to walk into a career fair or networking event and see other YourTurn users around you on your phone.
Design: with each new update, you may notice some design changes. We’d love your feedback – both good and bad. Feel free to email us or give us a shout on Twitter.
Bug fixes: as a Beta member, you may find some of these. It’s a good thing! You’re helping us fix errors so that once the app is opened up to everyone, the user experience is seamless.
That’s all for now – we hope you’re excited as we are!

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Don’t Call it a Comeback

May 15, 2013 by corey 

We’ve been up to quite a bit in the last few months. Lots of changes and updates to the site and user experience are being rolled out over the next few weeks.
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The most noticeable is a newly designed homepage, and the opportunity to sign up. Currently, if you’re located in York, PA or Washington, DC, you can join our beta test. If you’re located elsewhere, please, sign up for an invitation. We’ll shoot you an email once we expand to other cities.

We’ll continue to update the blog as our new features are made available. We are excited to share them with you and would love your feedback – tweet at us @yourturn!

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YourTurn is live

Jan 24, 2012 by travis 

The DNS got switched over so the app is up on yourturn.org. We’re going to make a few more additions over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

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Heroku’d

Dec 23, 2011 by travis 

Happy Holidays. Since the last post we’ve been up on Heroku adding some finishing touches. We plan to migrate over to the yourturn.org domain soon. In the meantime, if you’re curious head over to our Heroku domain and take a peek. (Quick note: We will most likely wipe the database before launch, so if you create a profile now, then go back and don’t understand why nothing shows up that’s why.)

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Coming soon

Oct 11, 2011 by travis 

So after much learning, experimenting, hair-pulling-out(ing?), we are getting close to opening up YourTurn. It’s been an interesting process, filled with false starts, setbacks, and all the other things you’d expect from having an idea and figuring out how to get that idea onto paper (or in this case, a computer). But it’s been a blast.

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Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

Jan 5, 2011 by travis 

TED | Talks are great, and the one below from Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms is certainly no exception. Check it out. Bonus: This is a treat for visual learners as it is animated by the RSA.

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Student-to-Counselor Ratio

Dec 29, 2010 by travis 

Yesterday I spoke with Garrett Neiman, co-founder of a nonprofit organization called SEE College Prep, which counsels low-income and first-generation college applicants. Garrett got SEE College Prep going while he was a student at Stanford. It was a great conversation.

We discussed SEE College Prep’s history (which you can read a bit about in the New York Times blog, The Choice), some common issues and what other education-focused organizations are up to, including what we’re working on at YourTurn. After talking a bit about Garrett’s interactions with schools, we talked about counselors. In particular, how they are often overwhelmed.

The numbers speak for themselves.

The American School Counselor Association recommends a 250 to 1 ratio of students to counselors. However, they note on their website that the National average during the 2008-2009 school year was actually a 457-to-1 ratio of students to counselors. Garrett’s home state of California, an obvious outlier, has a ratio of 814 to 1. And that’s just among Public Elementary/Secondary Education. (I hope to have updated figures shortly.)

This is an area we hope YourTurn can help. Both for the counselors and the students they serve.

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