professional development

CTC Program Building

Dorchester Bay EDC
VISTA Name: 
Karen Sheers
Program Start: 
Program End: 
Project Description: 

• Recruitment/Promotion — Create fliers, brochures, and other marketing materials. Promote the program utilizing word of mouth.
• Intake — Interview Technology Goes Home hopefuls, score them, and file/manage information.
• Training — Assist in training and volunteering.
• Newsletter —Edit, make suggestions, and find ideas for articles.

After School program responsibilities — Assist with homework; develop and teach curriculum, and overall program management.

In her second year, Karen
1. Assisted in maintaining Pierce Computer Lab (i.e., downloading windows updates)
2. Promoted YES (afterschool program) and is an ambassador for Technology Goes Home program
3. Participated in professional development workshops
4. Enrolled in
5. Started her web page
6. Learned to design fliers, business cards etc.

Project Outcome: 

Karen “Cookie” Sheers has provided amazing service to our Technology Goes Home program. She has been very organized and proactive. When I originally started my position in May 2003, Cookie informed me that our Alumni Committee was inactive. However she stated that she wanted to work hard to build the alumni committee and get it up and running. Originally out of the 86 families that graduated from this program, less than 2% remained in touch. To date, we have had a 10% increase in participants. This is partly attributed to Cookie placing personal telephone calls, and sending out personal letters to the families.

Cookie also has a childcare background and she is a very outgoing person. As a result many parents approached her regarding an after school program. It is because of her sharing their concerns with us that the Y.E.S program was developed and Cookie is taking the lead on this project. She is a tremendous asset to Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.

Women Who Tech

September 15, 2010

Women Who Tech brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights.

Boston Email Fundraising Bootcamp

October 7, 2009
Boston, MA

Idealware and Third Sector New England are thrilled to host the Boston Email Fundraising Bootcamp! The Bootcamp will be an intensive, activity-packed day to help you jumpstart your email fundraising efforts. Whether you are new to the world of email fundraising or just need a refresher, join us to hear from experts from Idealware, Firefly Partners, and Database Design Associates and get hands-on help from peers and consultants in designing your own email fundraising strategy. With a cap of 45 participants, everyone will benefit from individual advice tailored to their own organization.

Creating Strategic Diversity

Diversity is one of the core values that underly the Transmission Project, as well as throughout the not-for-profit world. Pulling from a different playbook, the following is from the Chief of Information for the US Navy for naval officers:

  1. Leaders who embrace diversity and differing viewpoints and seek talent that embodies a broad range of life experiences ensure naval readiness today and tomorrow.
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