What is The Everett Program?
The Everett Program (Formerly the Global Information Internship Program (GIIP)) is a highly innovative educational and service-learning program sponsored by the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies (CGIRS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is available to students of every major and every year.
We focus on applying to social enterprise and appropriate technology concepts towards ameliorating social problems of any stripe. Students come in with a passion to change the world, and leave with a cohesive project set to be implemented.
Our video explains quite succinctly what we are about and what we do.
How Does Everett Work?
The Everett Program is a year-long, 3 part, class series (SOCY 30A/B/C) open to UCSC undergrads of all majors and years. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the Fall, but new students are accepted any quarter.
The class is split between traditional classroom learning on Tuesdays followed by innovative tech labs on Thursdays.
Tuesday Class Series
SOCY 30A (Fall) – Intro to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies
Here students are introduced to the world of Social Enterprise, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Innovation, and key concepts about the Information Economy and “Network Society”. Along the way, they work to establish a concrete “need”, or specific problem which they wish to build a project around addressing.
SOCY 30B (Winter) – Project Design
With clear needs in mind, students take to the task of designing a complete project incorporating ICT to addresstheir specific corner of a larger social problem. By the end of the quarter, students will have a concise project proposal ready to be submitted for funding.
Students have called SOCY 30B the most difficult class they’ve taken as undergraduates while simultaneously being the most important and rewarding. Working professionals routinely say that they continue to use the skills learned in this course.
SOCY 30C (Spring) – Grant Writing and Field Methods
After breathing a sigh of relief, students are assisted in discovering funding sources for their projects. The art of grant writing is serious business and deserves the attention it’s given. Parallel to this, we teach best practices of field work and Participant Action Research (PAR) so that those whose projects involve internships or working within organizations are able to assess needs and optimize their impact. 30C is also a time when we invite alumni and professionals from the world of innovation and social good such as IDEO and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to come and talk with the class.
If entering in 30B please attend the first class and familiarize yourself with the readings below. It is also highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with this website.
Recommended Online Readings
Thursday Tech Labs
The world, both economically and socially, is becoming more and more integrated with ICT. At the same time, comprehension of these technologies diminishes and access to them are distributed unequally. If nothing else, our tech labs demystify and empower our students to be active shapers of the technological based world we’re building. Everett tech labs assume little in terms of student tech proficiency but expect that everyone have the willingness learn.
Two labs are taught concurrently each quarter to accomodate varying levels of tech proficiency.
Our introductory course. Students learn to become power users, developing a deeper understanding of how computers work and how to work with them. We teach technologies most in demand by nonprofits and NGOs like newsletter software, collaborative project tools, social media for social good, and effectively teaching tech to the ones who will be actually be using it after we leave.
Beginning with coding in HTML and CSS and finishing with well oiled WordPress websites, this survey course has amazed hundreds of students with how much they were able to learn about the web and how much an individual is capable of accomplishing with a $25 hosting budget.
Our tech curriculum is constantly evolving and we’re adding new classes all the time. We’ve taught classes varying from CiviCRM, Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile, Film Production, Computer Building Workshop, and Raspberry Pi. We pride ourselves on creating a space for the “non-techies” to explore new technologies and be empowered by them.
How is Everett Run?
Student power is one of our core beliefs. Without the active participation, management, and ownership of the program by our student fellows, the Everett Program simply would not exist.
The fellows are UCSC students who’ve completed the 30 series and typically have implemented their own projects (sometimes multiple times!). They teach the research sections and tech labs while designing new ones. Fellows are responsible for recruitment, aspects of fundraising, and act as peer mentors for current 30 series students. The fellows are self managing and are understood to be the true owners of the Everett Program.
What Have Everett Students Done?
Below is a small sampling of student projects. For a complete list, please refer to the Projects section of the site.
Mobile Apps Camp For College Access
Our Summer Institute has been running in one form or another for over a decade, but for the last two years the Youth Empowerment Institute (YEI) has been combining college access workshops with mobile apps labs to teach Watsonville high school students to be proactive community leaders while living the life of a UCSC student on campus.
At the completion of YEI 2013, a group of 12 Watsonville High students created and launched a mobile app designed to act as a personalized college mentor for their peers. The app is available on Google Play, iTunes and a web version is available for all mobile users.
Training IT Managers in Tanzania
Everett Fellow Beth Heneberg taught a series of workshops along with the Moshi Institute of Technology (MIT) to over 120 members of various NGOs and Community Based Organizations. Topics ranged from creating flyers, using MS Office, networking with global and African social media, and applying for funding.More Projects
- Creating the Sangha Portal: An Online Community for ‘Prison Yoga Project’ Yoga Teachers Everett
- Resume and Tech Essentials Workshop for the Teen Center from the Davenport Resource Center Everett
- Leveraging Communications to Aid Los Angeles Area Foster Youth Everett
- Introducing Computer Literacy to Youth and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Kenneth Gardens Community Everett
- Women and Families Empowerment: One Service at a Time Everett
- Gumbi Tribe Conservation and Development Through Wildlife Preservation at the Somkhanda Game Reserve Everett
- 2015: Youth Empowerment Institute Food Justice and Workers Rights Thomas Gelder
- 2015: “Hi, I’m Chop”: A Case for SMS-based ESL Assistance Thomas Gelder
- Building Technological Capacity of Youth Leaders in a Rural Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Initiative Everett
- Taiwanese Adolescent Association on Sexualities (TAS) Everett
- Giving Artisans Information Technology Skills (GAITS) Everett
- Internet Presence and Sexual Education in Itacare Brazil Everett
Major and Minor: Unique to UCSC
Over the years, many Everett students have found their college plans changing to enhance and accomodate their projects. In other words, they wanted the program to be the centerpiece of their baccalaureate careers. This was sometimes difficult given the strict nature of major requirements.
In 2008 a group of enterprising GIIP Fellows successfully campaigned for the creation of a new major and minor. Today students may major or minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES). For specifics on major requirements, please refer to official documentation on the GISES website.
How Do I Sign Up?
Enroll in SOCY 30A. If the class is full, just come to the first meeting and let the staff know you want to add. No one who really wanted a place in the program has ever not been able to get in.
You are encouraged to start the program in the Fall but there are no rules against joining in the Winter. It’s definitely tough, but not impossible. We strongly, discourage new students entering in the Spring.
For more information, shoot us an email using the form at the bottom of the page.
What Should I Expect as an Everett Student?
Expect to push yourself well beyond your comfort zone. Everett is difficult and you’ll be learning things you never expected to, especially for social science and humanities students. The program is a challenge but so is anything worth doing. As with most of the best things in life, you get out of the program what you put into it.
Many Everett students report gaining the following:
- A life’s calling
- Lifelong friendships
- Invaluable connections
- Impressive items on their CV’s and stellar letters of recommendation
- Higher employability
Drop Us a Line!
The Everett Program is unique and unorthodox so you’ve probably got some questions and points in need of clarification. UCSC students, potential transfers, and college-bound high schoolers are all encouraged to ask any questions you might have about the program. We’re very busy but can typically get back to you within a couple hours during the week.