Educate and inspire UCSC students to use digital tools and social entrepreneurship skills to advance social justice and promote sustainability.
What are Everett Projects?
The heart and soul of the Everett Program are student projects. College students have a fire inside and want to change the world, but too often are not given a chance to tackle the issues about which they so deeply care. We take student passion and help temper it with social enterprise and startup practices so that they can design a polished, doable project that will tackle their issue from their own unique angle. Everett projects take students across the globe, around the country, and out in the streets of our own county. Come and see what we’re capable of! See Them All =>
Everett is Global
Everywhere. Inequality and injustice know no boundaries, nor do the passions of our students. We empower undergrads to cross borders and implement projects abroad, or stay here in the states and tackle issues close to home.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be tools of empowerment for all people. We believe in learning appropriate technologies in order to identify the correct tool to use in a given situation. Projects take our students across the world and they understand the folly of thrusting technology onto communities.
Decades of failed development projects have taught us that the old model of parachuting into a community, deciding what they need to ‘fix’ them, and then leaving without taking steps to consider whether the project was working is no longer viable (it never was). We teach a philosophy of community engagement and listening. Communities know what they need, it’s our job to help them achieve it.
Empowerment and sustainability go hand in hand. When we work with communities, we empower them to use technological tools and best practices of enterprise so that once we leave, the project won’t collapse. One of our mottos is “Don’t take the missionary position”, in other words, don’t create a situation wherein a community or org is dependent on you for the sustainability of a project.