The Conscious Connect


Innovator Stage: Early Innovator
Organization Type: Nonprofit
Opportunity Area: Leveraging People and Places

The Conscious Connect


Launchpad to Learning

This Top Idea aims to end book deserts by reimagining and redeveloping underutilized spaces in low-income communities for the purposes of education, culture and peace. Launchpad to Learning builds on the collective power of people to transform underutilized spaces and activate untapped resources, and it plans to expand its literary access point strategy through community spaces such as barbershops and beauty salons, little libraries, reading parks and summer book programs. Building on its success engaging the community, redesigning building codes and leveraging community resources and faith-based organizations, the program aims to take over blighted structures and vacant lots to grow vibrant communities, starting in Springfield and Dayton, Ohio. The Conscious Connect, the nonprofit behind Launchpad to Learning, was founded by college friends who describe themselves as EDUprenuers with a deep commitment to community innovation.