Everett Products and Publications

The Everett Program is quite productive. Our student projects produce amazing websites, apps, and videos. Everett staff also produce some amazing things in terms of research and larger projects. This page is here to showcase some of the work we do.


Diversity and Inclustion for the 21st Century Economy An Imperative for Chambers of Commerce

America is changing. Demographically, we are projected to become “majority-minority” before 2050; the big news is that this is no longer driven by immigration (which has, in fact, slowed) but rather by births in the U.S. That demographic inevitability has been accompanied by an unsettling shift in the American economy: while debates continue to occur about the respective roles of technology and international competition in either creating or destroying employment, it is clear that the average person’s sense of job security has withered in what was supposed to be an exciting and hopeful new economy. Much of the economic change would be palatable if fortunes were rising or the pain was shared along the entire spectrum of the income distribution, but the sharp rise in inequality in the U.S. – higher now than at any time since the Gilded Age (Lindert & Williamson, 2016, p. 119) – has given rise to populist movements on the left and right that cast blame on elites and a “rigged” system.

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Everett Program Annual Report 2016

The year of 2016 was a period of growth, exciting new directions, and reaffirmations of core values. This annual report celebrates the persons who make the program possible, provides an overview of our pedagogy and the changes we’ve made over time, as well as introduces our most exciting development yet: Impactathons. This report was painstakingly compiled and designed over the course of several weeks and will serve as a prototype for a future of greater communication with you, our supporters. Click the link below to explore the full report!

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Inclusive Economy Indicators: Framework and Indicator Recommendations

In an effort to advance the conceptualization of Inclusive Economies, our research team developed an indicator framework for measuring progress towards economic inclusivity. The Rockefeller Foundation defines an inclusive economy as one in which there is expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being. Specifically, they define an inclusive economy as one that is equitable, participatory, growing, sustainable and stable. This report provides a summary of our research and recommendations for indicators to measure inclusive economies. We begin by reviewing the evolution of the concept of an inclusive economy, which emerges from earlier interest in pro-poor growth and inclusive growth. This is followed by a review of existing indicator initiatives around the globe that attempt to measure inclusive economies and related concepts, with particular attention given to the theories of change that underpin their approaches, and how these are used to effectuate change. The bulk of the report then provides our specific recommendations for indicators. The report concludes with a discussion on broader issues that emerged from this research and related conversations with key stakeholders, particularly about the role of indicators shaping future work, as well as actually measuring progress.

Silicon Valley Technology Industries
Contract Workforce Assessment

Income inequality in Silicon Valley has been growing dramatically in recent years. One factor contributing to this inequality is the conditions of contract workers to high-tech firms. While prominent Silicon Valley companies are experiencing records revenues and profits, and wages of their direct employees are generally above average, many contract employees are excluded from these benefits. Janitors, security guards, shuttle drivers, landscape workers, cafeteria workers and others who provide direct services to these high-tech firms through contracting arrangements often experience low-wages and insecure working conditions. This assessment, put together by Everett Director Chris Benner research partner Kyle Neering explores the contract workforce in Silicon Valley.

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Working for Dignity

In the Spring of 2015, Everett students partnered with USCS Professor Steve McKay to bring the findings of his “Working For Dignity” research project to the community and world. The project involved over 1,100 student conducted surveys of low-wage workers from all around Santa Cruz county with the intent of bringing to light workplace violations and to tell the stories of low-wage workers. Everett assisted by creating the Working For Dignity website complete with data graphics and digital stories. True to their ingenuity and spirit, Everett students also translated the entire website into Spanish on the day of its launch!

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HOLA College Readiness and Success – Priscilla Rios-Lopez Project Practicum

In support of Heart of Los Angeles’ mission to improve retention and the success of Latino/a students in higher education, Priscilla Rios-Lopez collaborated with the organization to create a college readiness and success video channel created by students for students. The video project includes the participation of both HOLA affiliated high school and college students. The video production process to connects HOLA college students with high school students, while the videos contribute to the organization’s outreach capacity and become a sustainable digitization form of HOLA’s college readiness workshops.

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Racial and Gender Occupational Segregation in the Restaurant Industry

Everett Director Chris Benner has partnered with ROC United to explore the inequality in the restaurant industry along race and gender lines. The restaurant industry employs nearly 11 million workers and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. Despite the industry’s growth, restaurant workers occupy seven of the ten lowest-paid occupations reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the economic position of workers of color in the restaurant industry is particularly precarious. Restaurant workers experience poverty at nearly three times the rate of workers overall, and workers of color experience poverty at nearly twice the rate of white restaurant workers. Read the Report!

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Equity, Community, and Growth

In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This new book by Everett Program Executive Director Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in America’s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.

Equity, Community, and Growth features a robust website complete with data, charts, maps, and eve a completely free eBook version!

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Cooking and Coding – Sara Shimel Project Practicum

In order to lead successful and decent lives, adolescents must have knowledge of healthy diets and have access to resources for prospective career opportunities. The problem is that dispossessed students in Santa Cruz County are not able to reach their educational and health goals due to lack of resources, specifically technology and food education. What is being done for our nation’s poorest youth is not meeting the current demands of our society.

Sara Shimel lead a fantastically creative series of classes at Mission Hill Middle School in Santa Cruz that taught kids both to cook and to code.

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Top Server

This year has seen an exciting partnership with the Restaurant Opportunity Centers United (ROC United). ROC, Everett, and an international development team have worked together to create Top Server, a fun and interactive way for restaurant workers to skill up and move into better paying service positions and for foodies to experience what it’s like on the other side of the kitchen doors.

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Hi I’m Chop – Kellan Alexander Project Practicum

Since joining the Everett Program in 2013, Kellan Alexander’s focus has been fixed on the potential of mobile phones to aid development in otherwise poorly connected communities. Now, as it was then, it’s opening new lines of communication between people, the organizations and services we interact with, and the internet at large. Without a doubt, mobile phones are eating the world.

Kellan’s project involved creating an SMS outreach portal for the CHOPS Youth Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Youth Empowerment Institute

YEI is an annual summer camp put on by Everett staff and Fellows that synthesizes social issues near and dear to Pajaro Valley youth with exciting new technologies. Our campers spend a week at UCSC living and learning as a college student while coding a mobile app to extend the theme of the camp to their peers. In years past, YEI has focused on creating a college going culture. Read more about YEI’s “College Years” here. Most recently, we’ve expanded into other fields of social justice, namely food justice and workers rights.

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Computer Literacy for Somkhanda and Gumbi Community – Lili Sierra Project Practicum

From 1961 to 1994, more than 3.5 million people were forcibly transferred from their homes and shoved into poverty and hopelessness. The Gumbi Tribe in South Africa was one of the many tribes who were removed from their land during this period. Thankfully, through legal action, the Gumbi tribe was able to reclaim their land and is now in a partnership with African Insight to run The Somkhanda Game Reserve. However, there is a need for computer literacy programs because the unemployment in the rural area is very high, up to 40% for Black Africans. This could be resolved by equipping the community with computer skills that are on high demand in our increasingly transforming information economy.

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The eWaste Team – Ryan Shook Project Practicum

As a non-profit organization, funding is difficult to acquire for the Gilroy Compassion Center (GCC) and one solution pursued was to obtain an electronic waste (e-waste) collector’s license in the hopes of raising funds through recycling e-waste. However, the program has not had sufficient staffing to reach its full potential. GCC’s e-waste program will not only help to keep end-of-life electronics out of the landfills but it also has the potential to provide a source of revenue for the center. The union of the e-waste and job training program into The E-Waste Team (TEWT) is a creative way to begin to provide an avenue to job market re-integration for the clients and generate revenue for the center

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Hope for the Homeless – Helen Toloza Project Practicum

In the months of July through September 2014, Helen Toloza conducted a series of information communication technology summer classes at the Hope for Homeless Youth computer center, located in South Central Los Angeles. The classes were directed towards the staff, the homeless youth living in the transitional house, and the local adult community. The main goal was to significantly increase the computer literacy rates of these homeless youth, and adult community to teach them job skills. By learning tools such as using the Internet, searching for jobs, building a resume, email and other computer tools, they will attain ICT skills that are necessary for higher education and future jobs.

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Santa Cruz Constitution Protection Zone Project – Anna Hoch-Kenney Project Practicum

The Romero Institute is most concerned with one specific part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA clearly violate the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution by allowing the federal government to engage in the indefinite military detention of United States citizens. The law is opposed by many politicians as well as respected organizations such as the ACLU and Amnesty International. The Romero Institute and Anna Hoch-Kenney decided to work together to create a local project called the Santa Cruz Constitution Protection Zone project that aimed to pass a city-wide resolution against the NDAA and spark a community oriented movement that would increase public awareness and political pressure.

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Idle Computing Initiative – Brent Peters Project Practicum

Volunteer computing software makes use of a computer’s idle time to conduct potentially life-saving research. Yet, despite its ease, volunteer computing software lacks widespread usage. It is our most powerful asset against disease, but we make little use of it. The Idle Computing Initiative (ICI) makes the process of volunteer computing easier and more accessible to the end-user. Its long-term goal is to make volunteer computing a common policy and best practice at academic, commercial, and personal computer labs across the country.

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Watsonville Research Action Plan – Nicol Macias Project Practicum

In early 2013, three Watsonville youth were murdered; all were under the age of 21. This unfortunate event epitomized Watsonville as a violent city, as have events preceding. Despite the positive change and growth happening in Watsonville, violence infiltrates Watsonville discourse. This leads students to believe that their hometown in dangerous and may lead them to feel apathetic about their own futures. The negative message spread by the media perpetuates negative stereotypes about Watsonville. These stereotypes, such as “boring”, “violent” and “poor” have negative effects on youth and community. Nicol Macias proposed the Watsonville Research and Action Plan to assist high school students as they research their community and surpass the stigmas. Students can change how they understand their community and themselves through data research.

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Through Her Eyes – Amanda Hill Project Practicum

Amanda Hill traveled to Rwanda to work with two Rwandan partner organizations that receive funding through the Firelight Foundatino’s Grassroots Girls Initiative grant. She interviewed adolescent girls who were the direct beneficiaries of the partner organizations as well as captured footage of their everyday lives. Because the ultimate goal of this project was to empower adolescent girls, they were taught basic videography skills so that they could engage in their own digital storytelling.

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