Kumbaya App Unveils Pod Supporter Program to Help Families Transition Kids To Distance Learning

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New Program Offers Teens the Opportunity to Make up to $1,000 a Week Supporting Coronavirus School Pods With In-Person Sessions

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“We are proud to address their needs through our app and offer our new Pod Supporter Program as a solution to help solve the U.S. childcare and education crisis caused by the pandemic,” said Chen Levanon, the Kumbaya App’s CEO and co-founder.

The Kumbaya App, a marketplace for parents to hire trusted teens for paid gigs, today debuted its Pod Supporter Program to provide help to families transitioning to distance learning during the 2020-2021 school year. The Pod Supporter Program offers teens the opportunity to become in-person pod supporters while helping kids in elementary school, especially K-2, adapt to virtual and distance learning while earning hundreds to thousands of dollars per month.

In July 2020, the United States surpassed four million coronavirus cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project. However, data on COVID-19 transmission among children is still limited, and the CDC highlights that more research is needed on transmission from children to household members in the U.S. as they urge schools and families to adapt to new safety guidelines. As such, the CDC is suggesting podding (sometimes called cohorting) for students and staff to remain together while social distancing, with limited mixing between groups. Through the app, parents who are planning to implement podding can now get additional in-person support from trusted teens in their community through the Kumbaya App.

“As soon as school pod discussions started, we received many calls and messages about having teen gigsters support parents through these unprecedented times as their families adapt to new school procedures,” said Chen Levanon, the Kumbaya App’s CEO and co-founder. “We are proud to address their needs through our app and offer our new Pod Supporter Program as a solution to help solve the U.S. childcare and education crisis caused by the pandemic.”

“No one should feel hopeless,” added Dr. Adi Zief-Balteriski, chief behavioral officer and co-founder of the Kumbaya App. “Parents who want help with childcare or podding should be empowered to get it, and any teen who can work and wants to work should be able to find a job even during this pandemic. The Kumbaya App aims to solve both problems by connecting parents and teens to help each other.”

Parents in the U.S. typically spend $2,000 a year on additional child care, which will be difficult for many families to afford this year due to the unprecedented job loss caused by COVID-19. The Kumbaya App’s Pod Supporter Program puts parents in contact with trusted teens who can support their kids as they engage in virtual lessons and complete their homework throughout this unique school year. Both pod families and pod supporters will sign a COVID-19 waiver to engage in care services through the app.

For teens interested in becoming pod supporters, visit https://www.mykumbaya.com/pod-supporter. For parents looking for pod support, send an email to contactus@mykumbaya.com.

About the Kumbaya App
The Kumbaya App is the first communal marketplace to safely help GenZ teens find gig job opportunities in the care industry, including virtual and in-person tutoring, babysitting, pet walking, music lessons, arts & crafts and more. The app connects parents who need care assistance to trusted teens in their network of contacts who are looking to make money. The Kumbaya App is the safest and most private way for parents to easily hire teens in their community. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the team serves to build multigenerational trust, community and education.

The Kumbaya App can be downloaded on the App Store for iOS devices, or Google Play for Android. For more information, visit the website at http://www.mykumbaya.com.

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