Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
Project Leader: Aashna Shah (India)
Gleam is an early stage startup that is helping mental health professionals optimize the treatment they provide. It gives patients a secure digital platform to practice their therapeutic exercises, allowing them to stay connected to the recovery process at all times. Then, using deep text analysis, Gleam provides progress analytics to mental health professionals. These analytics give therapists deeper insight into their patients. Gleam is modeled to work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is the fastest growing form of therapy in the United States. It saves therapists time by making caseload management more efficient, which is crucial in underserved communities where therapists are overworked.
Since its founding in November 2015, Gleam has consisted of five individuals on a mission to make quality mental health care accessible to low-income neighborhoods. The startup is a graduate from the Zahn Innovation Center, a startup incubator/accelerator at the City College of New York in Harlem.
My motivation for Gleam comes from my personal experience with mental illness. Though I was aware of my status as an undocumented immigrant while growing up, its full repercussions did not hit me until I entered high school, where I struggled to hide my status. I realized that I would not have a fair chance at college despite being a high achieving student. I suffered from depression for years without knowing how to get help.
I ended up getting a full scholarship to Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, CUNY, and received DACA during my freshman year of college. I am set to graduate this December with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in psychology. Gleam allows me to combine my two fields of study, and pursue what I am truly passionate about- helping those who need it the most.
For more information about Gleam, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook: @GleamNYC