What Is Everett?

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.

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Santa Cruz, CA


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Julissa Sanchez

Julissa Sanchez Graduating Spring 2016 I am a student completing my final year of undergraduate at UCSC, working towards a degree in Sociology and Politics with an emphasis in Global Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship. I am an aspiring activist with a passion for non-profit work, and project and graphic design for [...]

Adriana Guevara

Adriana Guevara Graduating Spring 2016 I am into economic empowerment. That includes writing lesson plans for workshops, working with various age groups and striving towards a high quality of living for those who are economically disadvantaged. In my free time, I hike, write music and check out local food scenes. I [...]

Tyler Spencer

Tyler Spencer Graduating Spring 2016 My project took place in Johannesburg and the surrounding regions, working with young adults on problems they faced in their community. We used digital mapping as a tool to categorize and document different health and environmental issues due to poor corporate and municipal social responsibility. Post project I [...]

Tonje Switzer

Tonje Switzer Graduating Spring 2016 Trilingual Norwegian transplant pondering solutions of how to accommodate mass-migration to urban areas while promoting sustainability in terms of environment, economy, and equality. My involvement in the Working for Dignity research project on low-income labor in Santa Cruz included web-design, digital stories, and participation in public [...]

Brendin Nye

Brendin Nye Graduating Spring 2016 After graduating with a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, I'll be pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science at UC Irvine. Through teaching tech labs at the Everett Program, I discovered that I truly enjoy developing and writing curriculum. Based on this and other experiences, [...]

Wendy Renteria

Wendy Renteria Graduating Spring 2016 I am really interested in education and job training, especially for women. I am also passionate about sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. I did my project with ByoEarth in Guatemala with three different communities of women which focused on empowering them to expand their social businesses. [...]


Gabriela Giusta

Gabriela joined the Everett Program as our Research Specialist in February 2016. She brings her knowledge in economic research, poverty analysis, international development and environmental policy to our organization, as well as her enthusiasm and support for student-led and community-based social movements. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental [...]

Christine Ongjoco

As an artist passionate about social justice, it's always been a battle balancing both lifestyles. I want to find synergy with music/art activism in the near future that focuses on communities in need. Some issues that I care about are health, environmental justice and sustainability. During my time as a Fellow, I have fallen in [...]

Daisy Zurita

Social justice areas of Interest My social justice areas of interest include women's rights, education, fair trade, wages and labor. What you enjoy to do in your free time or something unique about you? For the majority of my life my family has always owned (at least) 10 dogs. Every dog we've [...]