Global Citizenship and Media Business program students, Kristopher Nyreen and Ali Meyers, used their media design and technology skills to help raise awareness for Scott-Carver Project Community Connect, an event designed to eliminate homelessness in a two county area. This website connects those “living on little” to critical resources in the community. Kris also created and managed a Facebook page for the organization.
The Project Community Connect committee is made up of collaborating government, church and volunteer organizations dedicated to ending homelessness in Scott and Carver counties. Free and donated services from local providers include medical, dental, education, Veteran’s services, haircuts, early childhood screening, identification, birth certificates, employment and legal assistance.
PCC needed help promoting and raising awareness of the 2011 upcoming event which will be held at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee and Shakopee Town Square Mall.
PCC also had an immediate need to build a better website because the previous website was outdated and had no social integration. Using their technology skills and time, Kris and Ali helped PCC create a better web presence. The new website is www.scottcarverpcc.org.
Says Patricia Pettit, PCC Coordinator, “Kris has helped Scott-Carver Project Community Connect CONNECT with a much larger community. Everyone can find the information they need on our website. Guests can find transportation schedules and volunteers can register on line. Thank you, Kris, for a very prompt and professional job, and for your service to those “living on little.”
The benefits of this project were clear to Kris. “[For me], being socially responsible opens the doors for conversation with friends and family for them to do the same. [I learned that] my work and technical experience can be used for more than just making money.”
This project helped Kris and Ali meet the following course objectives: enhancing communication skills; advocating for greater awareness of the issue of homelessness; and practicing active citizenship and social responsibility through community engagement.