program implementation

KONZ Internet Radio Developer

VISTA Name: 
Megan Andrews
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The Corps member will develop and implement an online community radio station for the Manhattan, Kansas area called KONZ Internet Radio. The VISTA will help with fundraising, public awareness and education about the online station and what it can offer, oversee equipment purchases as well as beginning the process of recruiting and training volunteers to staff the station. The Corps member will create the foundation for future sustainability by helping provide the energy and the necessary day-to-day work.

Project Outcome: 

Megan’s job was to help create Konza Internet radio. When she started, the plan was to create an on-air radio station. Shortly after she started, it became apparent that we were not going to be able to raise the funds needed to purchase the equipment for the station. The Board of Directors decided to pursue an internet-based radio service as a way to keep the idea alive. Megan was able to quickly shift gears and use her skills to develop the service we are now using. As the result of Megan’s activities, UFM has a functioning, on-demand radio service that is being utilized by the community, the region and the world. We worked hard to develop a streaming station with a regular program schedule. We found that the streaming service did not work well with the talk format we were using. we also found than more people were downloading the programs rather than listening to them through the stream. Consequently, we have moved to an all on-demand radio service with downloads available in a variety of program areas. There are two areas that remain to be done to ensure sustainability. 1) we need to continue to recruit program hosts who can take the responsibility for adding regular content to the website. We are negotiating with two significant program areas that will expand offerings of interest not only our local residents, but our military families that may be deployed elsewhere in the world. 2) As our program content expands, we need to increase our marketing and community awareness. we also need to expand our website to include a comprehensive community calendar that will draw people to our website.

Outreach & DIY Media Coordinator

VISTA Name: 
Tiffany Otoya
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

Raise the visibility and capacity of the DISKovery Center in Little Tokyo and to help launch DIY Media (Digital Institute for Youth Media) and other youth technology classes at the Angelina Apartments.

Project Outcome: 

Since arriving, Tiffany has worked to recruit new volunteers for the DISKovery Center and has created a Volunteer Packet, which we give to all potential volunteers. The packet includes information about DISKovery, a volunteer registration form, information about the Little Tokyo community, and a list of possible volunteer positions. Additionally, she has created several fliers for various DISKovery Center classes and events. When we launched DIY Media in February, Tiffany outreached to dozens of Los Angeles high schools, churches, and communities centers to find students for our class. She has also worked with her supervisor Gena Hamamoto and our other VISTA, Melissa Niiya, in developing a curriculum for our documentary filmmaking class. Tiffany is currently developing curriculum for a Digital Photography class and a Photoshop class which will be taught for youth at our Angelina Apartments in June/ July.

She greatly increased the visibility of our social media presence and recruited a committed volunteer who has developed an ongoing social media plan for us and will continue to maintain our pages once Tiffany leaves. She has also participated in the effort to revamp our Diskovery website. Both the website and social media plan will be critical to raising our visibility and bringing new populations of seniors and youth to our programs, and Tiffany was key to getting both of these processes off the ground.

One of our original objectives was for Tiffany to implement a volunteer-run public access program, where DISKovery members could use our computer lab at certain scheduled hours and volunteers would be available to assist them, if needed. However, we quickly realized that even though it would be volunteer run, we would still need staff members at DISKovery to watch over the lab and open/close it. We do not currently have enough staff members to do this, or to help train and guide our regular volunteers. Although we have had to reexamine this goal, we are still working on building a more sustainable public access and volunteer program.

L@TCH Program Developer

VISTA Name: 
Devon Smolca
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The Corps member will build on relationships staff create with local school partners, community-based groups, non-profits, corporations and funders to develop strategies and resources (volunteers, computer donations and funding) for community technology adoption programs. Specifically the L@TCH home computer program which distributes computers to the families of K-12 students that are attending Baltimore City schools.

Project Outcome: 

The program has moved closer to becoming a sustainable model. We have a better idea of how schools can adopt the program with fewer resources from us. There is greater awareness of the L@TCH program, HEBCAC and CCTS in the community. Devon has helped HEBCAC expand their hardware resources to support the computer refurbishing center The program did not meet its objective of 500 systems distributed (331) We need to distribute 70 more system to meet adjusted goal. We will continue to engage schools around a model where they find the resources to underwrite the cost of the systems for their students, and engage teachers to use the educational resources installed on the systems, and use email more to communicate with families.

Impact Quote: 

Devon contributed greatly to the following outcomes: Three hundred fifty families took a L@TCH computer home during the 2010-2011 school year. Students in grades Pre K- 11th in six Baltimore City public schools. All the parents of these students attended one of the 20 Family Computer Workshops held to raise awareness to the responsibilities of having a computer with Internet access in the home and how to use technology to improve the home learning environment. Our L@TCH families have an average of three students per family which means these L@TCH computers have impacted almost 1,000 students. So far two schools are planning to continue the program in their schools and we have yet to meet with the other six schools.

Neighborhood News Network Project Manager

Organization: 
Bay Area Video Coalition
VISTA Name: 
Anne Simmons
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

BAVC developed the Neighborhood News Network Project in order to take advantage of the high-speed fiber optic network that connects the local public acces, educational, and government channels to nearly fifteen community sites throughout San Francisco. It has the capacity to support live video streaming and high resolution file transfer from any connected site. In the initial n3 pilot, BAVC will focus on three unique organizations and the constituencies they serve.

The Digital Arts Service Corps member would serve a central and defining role as Project Manager in building and launching the neighborhood news network project, with complete focus for one year on building, implementing, documenting, and evaluating the project, in a way that no current staff member could do without letting their essential duties drop. The Corps member wold be responsible for identifying San Francisco neighborhoods, organizations, and programs that could most benefit from the added capacity of tools and skills required to share relevant, timely, and hyper-local news and information with each other, to conduct research, outreach, documentation, and evaluation tasks, and subsequently to implement a pilot program in a successful, sustainable, and replicable way with guidance, input and participation from BAVC staff and our community partners.

Project Outcome: 

Because of the Corps member’s activities at our organization, we have developed relationships with three local community-based organizations, installed studio equipment at their sites, conducted training with staff and community members, and produced work that will continue to be distributed online and on our channels. Another major outcome of the Corps member’s work was further development of the “neighborhood news network” program model, and curriculum for the program that we can continue to use and adapt for other audiences.

Our service corps member accomplished everything we set out to do during the year. One of the main challenges that limited the scope of what she was able to accomplish was in outreach – namely, recruiting and sustaining the engagement of community producers in each of the workshops. With busy and differing schedules, and possibly because no fee was charged for participation in the workshops, some participants dropped out of the program or showed up inconsistently. This made teamwork and ongoing collaboration among the participants, and the pieces they were trying to produce, a constant challenge, particularly at one of the three sites. This resulted in fewer total participants trained, and fewer quality pieces completed without assistance, but it is also part of the reality of working with these populations. So the fact that we learned from this process still built capacity and understanding within our own organization and will impact our future partnership choices and program design.

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