community engagement

Phone call script & recording slip

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A telephone call-in script for use in outreaching to parents about a new program; created by corps member Devon Smolca.

Back to the Source, a Report on Crowdsourcing Community Feedback

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With this report, the Transmission Project attempts to carve out a space for its values in the realm of online crowdsourcing. Drawing on interviews with leaders at community-based organizations and foundations including MassHousing, the Knight Foundation, and the Maine Health Access Foundation, we review several funders’ approaches to gathering wider feedback on grant applications and construct a framework that serves as a guide for future practices and as the foundation for a more inclusive crowdsourcing tool.

Community Engagement

VISTA Name: 
Chanvon Mom
Program Start: 
4/2002
Program End: 
7/2002
Project Description: 

Chanvon has been involved in three major projects: Technology Goes Home, Youth Mapping, and street outreach recruitment particularly targeting young women.

Regardingthe Technology Goes Home Program, Chanvon has been able to coordinate with our PC repair program to ensure that the 4 families enrolled all received refurbished computers. All 4 families completed the program. All families attended all sessions of the program, completing the curriculum designed by Tech Goes Home Boston.

With regard to the youth mapping, our team of nine youth mappers have canvassed most of the downtown area. The youth attended a full-day training June 27th, where they learned about the importance of mapping, interviewing skills and the surveys & database that are fundamental to the process.

And lastly, in terms of Chanvon’s involvement in the street outreach recruitment, she spent 2-3 times during the week doing outreach with the other recruiters to get young women involved in our programs, specifically technology-related programs.

Project Outcome: 

Chanvon was able to do a very nice job of recruiting more young women into the program, particularly those of Southeast Asian descent. With regard to the Tech Goes Home program, one of the major changes we will be making for the next round will be to incorporate a greater family involvement component into the overall structure.

Sedgeunkedunk Stream Audio Feature

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As part of corps member Meaghan LaSala’s outreach strategy in the town of Bangor, Maine, she has attended community meetings, interviewed community members and produced audio features to air at their local community radio station, WERU. These new audio features not only spread awareness of WERU to the Bangor area but also demonstrate to Bangor residents the power of local, community radio. The attached clip aired on the show RadioActive, a local environmental, social justice public affairs show.

Tabla Rasa: App Forward

When: 
June 14, 2010
Where: 
Washington, DC

We’re assembling another master cast (see our group in NYC) of innovators, developers and visionaries — we call them Davincis — for hands-on guidance, creative inspiration and how-to maps for apps on the iPad and the wave of mobile, high-concept, high-touch personal computers. We’ll demonstrate how first-movers create advantage. We’ll show how the app-savvy can expand engagement. We’ll flash forward to the shiny new things that will make your eyes pop in the exciting years to come. But mostly we’ll help you figure out what to do now, as well as in your flash-forward future.

Friends of Trees Blog

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Organization: 
Friends of Trees

A blog about tree planting in Portland, Oregon. Created by corps member Toshio Suzuki. Visit http://friendsoftrees.org/blog/.

Journalism Innovations III

When: 
April 30, 2010 - May 2, 2010
Where: 
San Francisco, CA

Now in its 3rd year, the conference, produced by Independent Arts & Media, The University of San Francisco, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism and the Society for Professional Journalists, brings together some of the brightest minds and most innovative projects to network and share skills and ideas.

Transmission Project