community outreach

Month Five: Can Has Networks?


Projects are mostly slowing to a pausing point as the holidays and a little offtime approaches. Am prepping donated computers for the upcoming computer literacy/computer adoption class and following up with the participants.

My supervisor is leaving sometime around the end of January, so things are a little tenuous.

Month Four: BPL Network Deployed (Crash and Burn), Sustainability


This past Saturday, the wifi network that is a lovechild between the brutish broadband over powerline adapters and the delicate, flighty open mesh routers was deployed. And like any unholy demonspawn, the birth was painful. It seemed to be working for an hour, but it promptly went out right as we were leaving.

Month Three: Community Outreach and Wiki Goes Live


Right now, my major projects include...

Comment from Mira Allen on October 27, 2009 - 12:54pm

Keep us posted on the BPL thing- I'm interested to see how that pans out.

Comment from Dan Stangl on November 9, 2009 - 5:38pm

It sounds like your projects are moving along really quickly, which is great. The wiki looks like a great resource for residents, so big props on putting that together along with the work you're doing to get the new networks set up!

Outreach and Collaborate!


What to do when you have a no show for an event?

Comment from Elizabeth Goussetis on March 2, 2009 - 1:01pm

Hi Janet! I hear ya on the dilemma of potential collaborations with youth organizations (especially when the timeline is longer than your time as a VISTA.) At Media Bridges we've talked about having some sort of process for partnerships with youth organizations, but it seems like each case is different in terms of what the organization needs from us and what they bring to the table. You don't want to turn anyone away, but you can only do so much. At first I tried to do everything myself in working with the organizations that I connected with, but now I've found it much more effective to funnel them to the resources and staff that can help them directly, rather than try to be the middleman. Have you had success with any particular type of project?

Comment from Janet Vo on March 9, 2009 - 1:35pm

Hi Elizabeth! I have not had much great success in collaborating with any groups. It seems like after the initial meeting the potential collaborations fizzles. I am in a Youth workers network for Asian American organizations though but we are still in the early phases of figuring out what kind of resources we would like to offer each other. I think they have the potential for being helpful, but its seems that I am on my own. However, I keep on going through this process because maybe a good relationship will build.

Volunteer for Beer


At least that was what we were going to entitle our volunteer alert. Thought better of it at second glance. The Director of Teaming for Technology and I attended the John Mayer concert on Tue. night at our area's big amphitheatre to work a concession/vendor stand as a fundraising project. There was quite a process to be invitied, to host a stand, get certified to sell alcohol, etc.

Update from Arizona.


Wow has it been awhile since I logged on here and talked about whats going on in Arizona.  We hit a heat wave out here and its in the 80's for the rest of the week.  I have been really busy working on stuff at the club and really have become a member of the staff these last few months.  The members here have really warmed up to me and I am starting to remember names of kids better.  So I guess I better recap what has happened in the last 2 months.

Whew! I missed writing to ya!


Hey Everyone,

I 've really missed writing to you guys. First let me say the new changes look good. It is also informative. At the Pink House we are working on a Electronic post card for the children at the Center. They are simply wonderful. The children are in touch with children from all over the world.

I don't think there are enough hours in the day to do everything that is required to make things happen. The kids are totally great! The staff I'm working with totally open to the new changes we are putting in place. Oh yeah, we have a new Chief of Police and the community is totally excited about that.