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Interlock Rochester Community Outreach
A strong Community Outreach Program could be what sets InterlockRoc apart from other hackerspaces. Here is an idea in development.
Young Technologist Mentoring Program
InterlockRoc members can volunteer to become mentors for students in high school around the Rochester region. Each mentor would guide a group of students to complete a project of their choosing. It would be left up to the mentor to choose how he/she wants to guide the students, what project/s he wants to do, and what the goals for the summer are. At the end of the summer all groups will come together to present their work.
Interlock will provide application forms to various high schools. They will distribute these applications to students who are interested in various fields of technology. The form could ask for a brief essay asking each student to describe their interests and types of projects that they would like to do over the summer. Based on their responses we would pair them with Interlock mentors. The forms could also provide a list of mentors to the students so that the students can go on our website to see what kind of stuff each mentor does. They can list their top three choices for mentors.
As we develop this idea further, we will tackle the issue of costs. Donations may be a good way to go, and we might even want to provide sponsorship forms for prospective students so they can go around to neighbors and friends to get them to pledge money for their mentorship. We might also want to act as a catalyst for getting kids involved by having a bake sale, car wash, or other event meant to raise money for kids tuition, and take those monies rather than asking students to pay a large upfront cost. Materials fees may be necessary, but we can further our planning for costs as we go. The goal of this program is to make technology accessible to young students in the community.
Credit to Ashley for this idea, I'm just writing it up. ---- BW 13:54, 6 December 2009 (UTC)
We could have a day / week where we offer to (attempt to) fix computers on a donation basis.
People from the Rochester community could bring their computers to us (or designated drop off locations), sign a release of liability, and we would take them back to the space and try to fix them. We would want to connect these computers to the internet in order to install updates, etc on them, but would not want to connect them to the production network. Limited to 1 computer per household. We don't want someone to bring in their truckload of broken computers and expect for us to fix them all. It should be made clear upfront that we are doing this on a volunteer donation basis and that it may take up to a week to get your computer back. There may also be some things we just can't/won't fix.
Our costs will include: power, bandwidth (although this is not a direct cost), and any parts required for repair. If any parts were required we would have to pass that cost on to the customer.