community engagement

Community Engagement

VISTA Name: 
Chanvon Mom
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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


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

June 14, 2010
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

Friends of Trees

A blog about tree planting in Portland, Oregon. Created by corps member Toshio Suzuki. Visit

Journalism Innovations III

April 30, 2010 - May 2, 2010
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