What Can We Do Together?
Impactathons take the energy of traditional hackathons but shift the focus from one team winning a prize, to everyone working to impact your org. Need things like web content, videos, social media graphics, or training? We’ll come with as many warm bodies as we can to fill that need over a day or long weekend.
Student projects are long term partnerships between your org and a student or group of students. They begin with a needs assessment meeting facilitated by our staff, follow with a period of project design, a round of funding, and finally implementation. Projects can take whatever form your org needs!
Everett students build capacity with partner organizations using accessible, often low to no cost applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Below is just a sampling of the kinds of ICTs our students employ. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Staff and students are constantly adding new ICTs and practices to our repertoire!
The Next Generation of Tech-Savvy Nonprofit Professionals
Orgs that partner with Everett often find that the student or students with whom they work are highly motivated, passionate, tech savvy, and imminently hirable. Everett is a committed member of civil society both globally as well as here in Santa Cruz County and its surrounding Counties and we want to fulfill our role of preparing the next generation of tech-savvy nonprofit professionals.
When it came to launch the Digital NEST and I needed to hire my first employees, I went to Everett. The Everett program trains students in the technical skills to bring innovation to companies but also the social justice knowledge to ensure equity in services provided.” I have worked with over 10 Everett students and have gone on to hire two of them. They have the talent I am looking for.
Benefits of Partnership
What are Impactathons?
A day or weekend long event where Everett students and staff support local nonprofits by creating products or conducting a training in a short and intense burst of work. These are guaranteed to happen on a specific date and result in a specific product or training that address the needs of our partners. Check out the Impactathons Info Page for examples.
What We Need From You
- 1-2 hour assessment meeting (Schedule Yours Now!)
- 4-6 hour logistics planning
- All supporting information, photos, video, etc. for the deliverable
- For training-based: staff support and 8 hours allocated
Expectations for Training-based Impactathons
- 8 hours for training workshops and time to work on creating a product identified in assessment meetings
- A specific deliverable or package or products finished by the end of the session
- Follow-up evaluations
Expectations for Product-based Impactathons
- A specific deliverable or package or products finished by the end of the Impactathon
- Product developed by students but quality-controlled by staff
- Follow-up evaluations
Working with Everett means a having a partnership that is based on preparing future leaders and providing community organizations with innovative projects to leverage their impact. Students assess organizational communication, information, data or storytelling needs and then collaboratively design a project to address these needs. All of our projects aim to be sustainable, with training for staff built into the projects, and/or to test new initiatives.
Do you want to work together but have a more immediate need? Impactathons are another way to collaborate with us. They are a day or weekend long event where Everett students and staff support local nonprofits by creating products or a training in a short and intense burst of work. These are guaranteed to happen on a specific date and result in a specific product or training.