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Today marks a significant collaboration as achi introduces GapQuest, a groundbreaking program aimed at removing barriers for students and guiding recent high school graduates on transformative pathways toward a sustainable life.


The founders, Hayley Kempton Studer (achi) and Melanie Kempton (GapQuest), are sisters who discovered a unique connection between their professional experiences.


“Hayley and I took different paths after college: she in the healthcare/finance realm, and me in the education/family law world,” shared Kempton, Executive Director, GapQuest. “We both spent decades learning the challenges these institutions face and eventually migrated separately into the world of entrepreneurship. We both see the need for innovative solutions to institutional problems and are excited to be bringing our respective diverse backgrounds together at achi. We both believe in a human-centered approach to transforming lives and we're looking forward to joining forces to meet the challenges we are both passionate about.”

 

Kempton’s passion for education stems from a long career in public education as well as her experience homeschooling and launching her own sons into adulthood. She recognizes the need for more real-world, hands-on, immersive practice with the skills needed to be successful in work, home, and community life. GapQuest seeks to provide an innovative space between high school and adulthood that builds bridges to independence, competence, and connection.

 

GapQuest is a new “gap year program” located in Northwest Ohio that allows graduates, ages 18-20, the chance to live, work, learn, and play together while gaining valuable tools to navigate adulthood. The pilot year group will launch in the fall of 2024.

 

“As Melanie and I began discussing GapQuest, we realized the strong alignment on our goals and methods,” said Studer, founder and CEO of achi. “Understanding someone’s story, identifying barriers, and creating innovative holistic pathways for success is at the core of what we both do. Being able to bring achi’s connection to local resources to support the GapQuest students’ growth is a natural fit.”

 

One key objective of the collaborative program is to introduce recent high school graduates to "opportunity occupations," jobs that offer above-median wages and are accessible without a traditional 4-year degree. GapQuest participants will be immersed in a variety of entry-level career paths in the Toledo area, ranked #1 in the nation for opportunity occupations by the Federal Reserve. The program will expose participants to non-traditional routes to in-demand careers, including credentials, certificate programs, and industry certification pathways, often available at no cost to learners.

 

According to Studer, “Being able to offer GapQuest through achi allows us to expand our services and branch into a program that addresses education, social connection, and workforce development – three social drivers that impact the overall well-being of a community.” This strategic partnership marks a significant step forward in the quest for innovative solutions to societal challenges, as achi and GapQuest pave the way for a brighter, healthier future.

 

About achi

achi(pronounced uh-kai) proactively engages people and resources to advance cost-effective, quality human care for all individuals and communities. Through innovative partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and creative solutions, we equip organizations across multiple industries to educate the people they serve and connect them with resources to improve their lives from the ground up. By partnering with health systems, educational institutions, and corporations, achi empowers lasting transformation in individual lives— resulting in an overall healthier population and data to transform our healthcare payment models. To learn more about achi and its mission, visit www.achisolutions.com.


About GapQuest

GapQuest is a holistic, residential "Gap Year Experience" designed for recent high school graduates, ages 18-20, located in Northwest Ohio. The program exists to offer young adults an alternative navigational tool to create a roadmap for success. The GapQuest experience is led by our unique "GPS" system – Guidance, Professional Development, and Social Networking. Participants gain valuable, paid work experience while engaging in real-life budgeting and financial management as well as practical lessons in sharing household duties with roommates, growing friendships, building a professional network, and exploring all that Northwest Ohio has to offer young professionals. To learn more, visit https://gapquest.org/.

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In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, achi, a trailblazer in improving communities through holistic, human-centered care, recently achieved its Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certification in Ohio, solidifying its commitment to innovation and excellence.


“Our company combines innovation and compassion to transform healthcare, and our WBE certification has propelled us further on this journey,” said Hayley Studer, achi founder and CEO. “With this certification now in hand, we are poised to explore new opportunities and reach a broader audience.”


Women-Owned Business Enterprise certification is a significant achievement for female entrepreneurs like Studer. It is not just a recognition of hard work and determination but also a valuable tool to access opportunities in government contracting, which can open doors to a wider range of resources, growth, and potential clients. Certification provides credibility and demonstrates that the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by women. It involves a rigorous set of requirements and approval by the Ohio Department of Development, Minority Business Development Division.


achi has achieved a remarkable milestone by obtaining a WBE certification. This certification paves the way for the company to expand its impact through new opportunities in working with cities, county entities, and school systems, and allows achi to partner with other vendors to continue to connect people to resources in the community that help improve their lives and overall well-being.

 

About achi

achi(pronounced uh-kai) proactively engages people and resources to advance cost-effective, quality human care for all individuals and communities. Through innovative partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and creative solutions, we equip organizations across multiple industries to educate the people they serve and connect them with resources to improve their lives from the ground up. By partnering with health systems, educational institutions, and corporations, achi empowers lasting transformation in individual lives— resulting in an overall healthier population and data to transform our healthcare payment models. To learn more about achi and its mission, visit www.achisolutions.com.

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Since its inception in 2020, achi’s leading mission has been to help the community. In July of 2023, the company accomplished its long-awaited goal of establishing the achi Hope Fund, a donor-advised fund through The Defiance Area Foundation (DAF).

Chris Yoder, Executive Director of the DAF, and Hayley Studer, Founder and CEO of achi

“I have wanted to be able to do this since I started achi over three years ago, so I am thrilled that we finally have the mechanism to make it official,” says Hayley Studer, achi Founder and CEO. “We firmly believe that when residents of a community are healthy and thriving, that community will flourish. This fund allows us to take earnings from the business and use them to reinvest in our communities, helping them grow and prosper.”


The achi Hope Fund helps achi’s partners provide services for individuals to get through some of life’s tough challenges by ensuring that their basic needs are met such as food, clothing, temporary housing, repairs to home or home goods, car repairs, rent/mortgage/security deposits, utilities, childcare, and more.


The achi Hope Fund also helps support the Caching Memories program. Caching Memories virtually connects socially isolated older adults to college students on a weekly basis via phone or computer to build relationships and share stories from their lives. This provides the older adult with an avenue to reminisce, share their stories, and improve their sense of connection to the world around them. At the end of the program, the stories shared are captured in a keepsake book for the older adult to continue to engage and connect with others, including family, friends, and caregivers.


“The ultimate goal is to help the community – a community comprised of patients, students, caregivers, and families,” says Studer. “By taking time to listen to each person’s story and identify the root cause of their basic needs, achi proactively engages people and resources to advance cost-effective, quality human care for all individuals. Thank you to Chris Yoder and the team at the Defiance Area Foundation for making this dream a reality.”


Meeting personal basic needs keeps individuals happy and healthy, and positively impacts the community at large. Please consider donating to this important work by visiting the DAF's website, clicking Donate Now, scrolling to the bottom to the donate button, and putting achi Hope Hub in the note section. You can also make checks payable to The Defiance Area Foundation with a note to the “achi Hope Fund”. Donations are tax-deductible.

 

About achi

achi(pronounced uh-kai) proactively engages people and resources to advance cost-effective, quality human care for all individuals and communities. Through innovative partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and creative solutions, we equip organizations across multiple industries to educate the people they serve and connect them with resources to improve their lives from the ground up. By partnering with health systems, educational institutions, and corporations, achi empowers lasting transformation in individual lives— resulting in an overall healthier population and data to transform our healthcare payment models. To learn more about achi and its mission, visit www.achisolutions.com.

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