training

Youth Radio Handbook

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Organization: 
WERU-FM Community Radio

A training manual for orienting staff and volunteers running a youth radio program; created by corps member Meaghan Lasala

Digital Photography Curriculum

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A photography curriculum created by corps member Tiffany Otoya:

This four-day workshop will give students an introduction to digital photography using a point-and-shoot camera. The class will cover composition, lighting, uploading and organizing your photos on a computer and online, and digital darkroom methods to optimize your images.

Media Program Parent / Student Agreement

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A parent/student agreement contract created by corps member Tiffany Otoya.

VISTA Leader

VISTA Name: 
Jules Goins
Program Start: 
7/2008
Project Outcome: 

Jules has been a superb VISTA Leader during his past year with the Transmission Project. Jules is innovative and he engages outside knowledge and experts to solve problems and bring in more diverse viewpoints and experience.

In his role as VISTA Leader, Jules managed an effective team of 26 VISTA members: he has encouraged group cooperation and participation and has consistently facilitated effective resource and knowledge sharing. During the year, he has moderated conference calls and worked one-on-one with VISTA members to ensure that their service is meaningful and effective. He has greatly expanded our library of IVSTA-created resources and has acted as an effective resource-librarian when members have voiced needs or challenges.

Beyond his VISTA Leader responsibilities, Jules has accepted broad responsibility for helping to build the capacity of the CTC VISTA Project. In this role, he took the lead in further developing our training and member development curriculum. In addition to the 12-part training series he designed and oversaw, he sought out 5 external trainers and facilitators to deliver training, Jules has been instrumental in enlarging the knowledge an ability of our VISTA members and will be leaving behind him a solid training foundation upon which to build for future years.

Jules has brought great skills, experience and understanding to the Transmission Project. We have greatly benefited by his service.

Volunteer Coordinator and Program Developer

VISTA Name: 
Arthur Meadows
Program Start: 
7/2009
Project Description: 

The VISTA will be training volunteers to refurbish computers, set up networks, and do web design. The VISTA will also manage and coordinate volunteers to keep up the office. Lastly they will recruit, train and lead a team of volunteers to acquire low-income/non-profit recipients of programs, products and services.

1. Identify and secure expanded space for operations
2. Increase the ability of the WTA to provide workforce training in technology for shelter residents
3. Recruit and train volunteers to staff existing major program activities.
4. Develop new areas of possible endeavors (electronic commerce, computer recycling, technology thrift store)

Project Outcome: 

Art did an excellent job and was a wonderful representation of the WTA.

Art secured the use of the old A&E building for use by the WTA, a 6000 SF building with room for offices, classroom, meeting room and computer lab. All at no cost to the WTA.

Art worked with the WTA president to make our center a Cisco certified training center, a COMPTIA training center and obtained free COMPTIA certification exams for shelter residents.

Art assisted in securing major donations from GSA, AARP and DHS - about 250 computers and monitors in all and encouraged a 15 volunteers to give their time with the center.

Art also visited a major recycler and secured their support with a computer recycling program with the WTA.

Software Engineer

Organization: 
Community Software Lab
VISTA Name: 
Erich Jansen
Program Start: 
1/2007
Project Description: 

We don’t need credentials, we need people like Erich who know exactly what is wrong with this code:

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- Help create a new volunteer technical orientation
- Setup server dedicated to outgoing mail
- Allow 80% of email administration tasks to be self-service
- Improve Web-server security and usability
- Configure SPF (sender permitted framework)

Program Development

VISTA Name: 
Nathan Alden
Program Start: 
6/2006
Project Description: 

Provide youth and low-Income community members with professional technology job experience by operating a real high-tech company.

- Recruit, train and support service-learning participants
- Facilitate students and volunteers to: refurbish and place computers with training to low-income adults, repair computers, provide network services, design web sites for non-profit organizations, generate eCommerce transactions, host a community technology access lab, and provide a community technology help desk.

CTC Outreach and Development

VISTA Name: 
Anthony Williams
Program Start: 
10/2006
Project Description: 

- Reach out to community based organizations, faith based organizations, social service organizations and educational organizations to drive attendance and volunteerism at the WTA center
- Bring WTA programs to Baltimore-area organizations. This involves marketing programs to these centers, increasing volunteerism to deliver the services and managing the logistics
- Bring the WTA’s “WildTech” program to Baltimore area schools. This task involves marketing the program to schools, training teachers in the service-learning tasks that will be performed by the students, an providing raw surplus technology that students in WildTech programs can process.
- Build an empowerment center at the WTA center by running technology service-learning as a high-technology company. Facilitate the acquisition of technology work for non-profit and government agencies for students and community members to execute. Facilitate students and volunteers to: repair computers, provide network services, design web sites for non-profit organizations, generate eCommerce transactions, host a community technology access lab, and provide a community technology help desk.
- Recruit and train teachers and community center leaders to implement

Software Engineer

Organization: 
Community Software Lab
VISTA Name: 
Charles McCallum
Program Start: 
6/2005
Project Description: 

Chuck will be creating databases and preparing training modules.

Impact Quote: 

Chuck is potentially the most talented software developer I’ve worked with. On technical merit he is at least the equal of Google and Cisco employes that I’ve worked with. He has accomplished more in his 6 months with us than many of his predecessors have accomplished in 2 years.

Long Island City CTC Outreach

VISTA Name: 
Carmen Mitchell
Program Start: 
6/2002
Project Description: 

To strengthen the capacity of the Long Island City CTC by improving self help materials, supporting neighborhood volunteers use of technology, and conducting a needs assessment. The VISTAs will also help the extend the organizations reach to a more diverse constituency of new Americans living in New York.

- Support and organize a more robust outreach campaign targeted at local block, tenant, and neighborhood association members to encourage use of the CTC
- Schedule training sessions and develop self-help materials related to getting neighborhood and civic groups online
- Conduct an information needs assessment of the information and technology needs and interests of 60 neighborhood groups located in low-income, immigrant dense areas of New York City to determine which self-help materials are needed and how they are most likely to be used
- Develop and design five new top sheets based on the specific needs of immigrants

Transmission Project