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I serve as Chief Academic Officer with City Vision College (http://www.cityvision.edu) and as a consultant to nonprofit organizations.
I've spent over over 30 year working in urban outreach - as director of a drug treatment center, education director for an association of organizations that help the homeless and in my current position in online higher education.
In my consulting efforts, I help organizations develop strategies for accomplishing their missions. I am also involved with not-for-profit start ups and in new program launches. One of my specialties is finding ways to raise new revenue through increased donor involvement. Developing online strategies, including interactive web sites and social media, are a growing dimension of my work.
Currently, I am president of the board for a new nonprofit organization that is working to close the Digital Divide called Connecting for Good (http://www.connectingforgood.org). With the launch of Google Fiber, we are working to make sure that everyone in the Kansas City area, regardless of their incomes, will be able to be connected and reap the benefits of this super high-speed network.
We at Connecting for Good have successfully installed 70 Wi-Fi radios on almost 40 buildings at Juniper Gardens, a 390 unit low income housing project in Kansas City, Kansas. Located at 3rd and Quindaro, Juniper Gardens is a place where the average household income is half the average of the rest of the state and where the crime rate is four times the national average.
We are working to bring free broadband Wi-Fi to every family at the complex, nearly 1,000 people a majority of whom are children under 18 years old. Internet connectivity will absolutely transform this under resourced neighborhood.
Though we have constructed a four block wide “hotspot,” without the funds to install the remaining high gain antennas, we will not be able to provide the access speeds that we know this network is capable of, up to 20 Mbps. Adding the 9db antennas to the radio units increases their bandwidth output nearly 10 times. This will bring true broadband Internet access to all 400 families who call Juniper Gardens home, in every room of every apartment.
Already with 11 of those have upgraded antennas installed, over 500 devices have connected to the network in the past month. Of those, 38 Kansas City, Ks High School issued laptops have used this network. About half of the devices are smart phones. We see approximately 100 to 150 devices daily. With the rest of the antennas installed, the network will totally cover the entire complex, resulting in a greatly increased usage. In May, we will begin conducting regular digital life skills classes on-site at Juniper Gardens and offering residents there $50 refurbished laptop computers.…Continue
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 10:18pm