Originally aired on ABC News 4.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — An app started right here in the Lowcountry is changing the way students and young professionals are connecting with their future. The company and app are called “Tallo,” and it’s based in Mount Pleasant. The co-founder, Casey Welch, started Tallo after witnessing too many people get left out from pursuing their passions.
“I had a lot of friends that had the skills and abilities. They weren’t on the football field and they weren’t on the basketball court, they were in the classroom. They were in the technology shops,” said Welch.
He said he grew up in a small town where it oftentimes became tough to get in touch with people who helped them to succeed.
“Unfortunately, they are still in that town doing something that they don’t love to do because nobody ever saw them and said ‘you have an ability.’ No one ever gave them that chance,” said Welch.
Welch said he hopes Tallo gives people a chance to connect with future successes by the tap of the finger. The app is geared towards ‘Generation Z’ users and is quick and easy to use.
“We had to figure out a unique way to really level the playing field. How do you get rid of and remove socioeconomic barriers, geographic barriers, to help connect talent?” Welch asked.
The app is free to use for students and matches them with jobs, internships, and scholarship money. Emily Todd, who works at Tallo and is a former teacher, said she saw this disconnect firsthand when she was in the classroom.
“I worked with so many diverse students with different backgrounds and different skills in and outside the classroom. Really, right now in education, I feel like we are just pushing test scores,” said Todd.
She said she wants students to be able to create their profile in a way that will best demonstrate student passion, interests, and extracurricular activities.
“Really, just empowering students to take the next step and showcase who they are. Their personalities and passions,” said Todd.
To learn more about Tallo visit, https://www.k12.com/tallo.html.