Earthdate 10.2009


It is mid-October and we are still hoping to shoot more video training sessions in the field before winter. Currently we have two of them shot. The goal is for three. We have also talked about shooting a total of four, possibly doing one in the spring. These instructional videos will be about 20-30 minutes in length.

Comment from Mira Allen on October 27, 2009 - 12:21pm

I loved the vid! What's that tune you put in it? It's very catchy. I really need to come visit you guys one of these days...

Passing on our knowledge


 CTC VISTA ProjectOur year's coming to a close, and not all of us are staying on with the CTC VISTA Project, but wouldn't it be nice if we could pass on our wisdom to the incoming class?

Comment from Elizabeth Goussetis on July 6, 2009 - 6:59pm

Great idea Denise! We should be leaving our breadcrumb trails of wisdom for the incoming CTC VISTAs wherever possible. FYI, my Tweets are coming from the account I run for my VISTA project, since I don't have a personal Twitter. I'm @CincyYouthTV.

Month 11: Final Workshops and Facility Recommendations


In May/June, I offered several training workshops, likely the last round of dedicated sessions as my year of VISTA service comes to a close. The remainder of my year will be devoted to compiling the training materials I've written, and writing the manuals I haven't had time to compose yet.

Month 9: Curriculum & Program Development


Through March-April, a very intense month, I guided several initiatives to create new training programs for youth and adults, to build volunteer activities at the IMC, and to make general improvements to our facilities.

Month 6: Training, Event Planning, and More


I feel pretty bad that keeping up with these field reports has been so difficult - and because I have the flu... but that gives me some time to catch up and explain what kinds of things I've been doing at the IMC, one month at a time:

Month 5: Independence + Collaboration = Success


The past month was probably the most successful for my VISTA project so far. While this was due in no small part to the groundwork of the previous months, over the course of only the last few weeks I trained (trainers and students), recruited volunteers, made new community contacts, and produced media.

Reporting is Like Building With LEGOs


This is a post from a class demonstration where I showed some of our new VISTAs how to navigate the field reporting interface.

Accomplishments: showing new VISTAs how to navigate the site

Challenges: it's really, really hot (but we had some nice air conditioning)

Here's a link to my project.

Comment from Victoria Edwards on June 20, 2007 - 4:25pm

Did you ever play with Duplos?

Spread the word...May digital storytelling training


Room Full of Storytellers (front) You're invited to a unique opportunity to combine hands-on multimedia training and community program capacity building. The program is called Spreading the Stories (sponsored by MassIMPACT) and it's a 3 full day hands-on workshop where you'll create a digital story and discuss how to implement it in your own organizations. The workshop will be held at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center on May 1, 8, & 9th from 9-5pm (with an orientation on Friday April 27th from 10-12noon).

Just how smart IS your rural community?


Just How Smart IS Your Rural Community?

Creating People-Centered Community Knowledge Networks



Training for Essential Skills Development and Entry-Level E-commerce

Resources selected for CTC VISTAS are at

A Seven Successive Skills Model