web design

Community Engagement

VISTA Name: 
Kourtney Hamilton
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Project Description: 

As an Americorps*VISTA member, Kourtney
- learned how to produce a television show, from shooting in a studio to editing on a computer. She developed web design skills via the Lowell Community Technology Consortium web site;
- assisted in planning a medium-size conference (“Media, Technology, and Social Change: Broadening the Base; Building the Movement” held at UMass Boston);
- compiled a “Tech Access” guide, a resource booklet containing contact and class information about the 19 community technology centers of the Lowell Community Technology Consortium; and
- made contacts in the Lowell non-profit community and helped promote the Lowell Commuity Technology Consortium and Lowell Telecommunications Corporation

Project Outcome: 

Although Kourtney has not followed her workplan very closely but filled in many additional tasks that are of interest and helpful to her center. Most of the tasks listed above were not origianlly outlined in the workplan, but went along with the general theme of her job. When members of the community are looking for technology access and education, they can easily refer to her guide. It can be updated and reprinted as necessary.

CTC Outreach and Support

CTC Net New England
VISTA Name: 
Dan Schackman
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Project Description: 

Goal 1: Expand local ties among member centers and increase organizational capacity to collaborate with local consortia of CTCs around the country.

Goal 2: Assist in creating a system of technology-related technical assistance support for CTCs in the Boston metropolitan area.

Goal 3: Conduct research, web design activities and email activities to maintain and expand delivery of services to member centers.

Project Outcome: 

As can be seen above, Dan has continued to take on an extraordinarily broad range of projects that require talents ranging from research to multi-media production, to writing, community organizing and Web design.
In these past six months he has played an especially important role in increasing the organization’s communication capacity through everything from enhancing our Web site to managing email lists systems for well over 1000 subscribers to communicating with and assisting individuals seeking to create community technology centers.

A summary of accomplishments includes:

Assisting Evaluation for Grants
• Participated in applicant evaluation committee; reviewed approx. 25 proposals for the subawards we’re making through our CNS-funded Learn & Serve America/Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods program

• Edited 2004 CTCNet Annual Report
• Edited Fall 2003 CTCNet Newsletter

CTC VISTA Project:
• Served on CTC VISTA Project Advisory Board; participate in monthly conference calls
• Attended part of CTCNet VISTA Pre-Service Orientation (08/03)
• Participated in CTCNet presentation to new VISTAs at PSO
• Updated his VISTA web page
• Sent informational emails about regional CTCNet-associated groups to each non MetroBoston CTC VISTA and their supervisor as a potential resource
• Attended monthly MetroBoston CTC VISTA meetings
• MA InterCorps Council: Serves on this state-wide National Service council
• Leads Communications team, managing MICC web site, edited and co-wrote Fall/Winter 2003 newsletter
• Developed and helped plan MICC Service Enrichment Roundtable event (12/05/03) attended by over forty National Service members; did time/stress management presentation.

• Produced “Digital Empowerment” PSA Video
• Attended all-day CTCNet Staff Meeting (Oct. 1); did “What Matters Most” personal/time management presentation
• Participated in CTCNet Strategic Planning Meeting in DC (Oct. 24-26)
• Met with Lisa Austin of Pasadena, CA, in town to research setting up a CTC
• Completed supervisor evaluations of Executive Director and Managing Director
• Completed CTCNet Tech survey for current and future needs
• Served as reviewer for Salesforce.com Foundation on-line Community Youth Media Festival

Impact Quote: 

Throughout the years that he worked with CTCNet, Dan was always glad to take on new and challenging tasks and worked with talent and diligence to get them accomplished successfully. In addition to his own work, he maintained a consistent focus on the overall success of the organization and was supportive of fellow workers and projects in addition to the ones where he played a principal role. We were very fortunate to have his assistance thanks to the AmeriCorps*VISTA program!”
— Steve Ronan

Presentation to Board about Website Redesign


A presentation corps member Philip Dahl gave to PIFVA’s board of directors on their website redesign.

*AccessU West*

January 11, 2011 - January 12, 2011
San Jose, CA

The digital divide includes the tech design divide that keeps people who are using assistive technology or who have disabilities from being able to use web sites, software and other tech tools.

If you agree, you should check out *AccessU West* - a web accessibility institute (previously CalWAC) *January 10-12, 2011* in San Jose, California. It’s being organized by Knowbility.org, that’s focused on helping people with disabilities get access to technology and tech-related education, as well as making education accessible through technology.

Promotional Products Website


Design and copy of a promotional products website for Grassroots.org by corps member Scott D’Antuono.


Healthy City Site Audit


An informative and in-depth look at corps member Caitlin Flint’s audit of Healthy City’s website.

WordCamp Philly

October 30, 2010
philadelphia, PA

WordCamp Philly 2010 is the first WordCamp to be held in the City of Brotherly Love. The event will take place on Saturday October 30, 2010 at Alter Hall, home of the Fox School of Business and Management, on Temple University’s Main Campus in North Philadelphia. It’s a complete day, organized by the local community, of learning about, loving, and discussing the WordPress platform.

Drupalcon Chicago

March 7, 2011 - March 10, 2011
Chicago, IL

In March of 2011, thousands of Drupal users, developers, designers, evaluators and businesspeople will descend on Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers for sessions, talks, code sprints, and more at DrupalCon Chicago. Whether you’re already using Drupal or considering it for your company or organization, you won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.

SXSW: Interactive Week

March 11, 2011 - March 15, 2011
Austin, TX

SXSW® Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the incredible new SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.

Transmission Project