Community Health and DevelopmentABSC 690 Practicum Presentation Ballard Center at Penn House Alisa MedinaChristmas ‘77
Serving the Lawrence community since 1969 Mission— Ballard Community Services is a non- profit organization that provides a high quality, affordable early education program and essential basic life assistance for families and individuals in need
Contributors to my Success at Penn House Paul Youk Director of Human Service Programs & practicum site supervisor Linda Lassen Program Director of Penn House John Koopman Manager of Penn House
Practicum Project Assist Penn House with a technology upgrade within the organization Organize computer storage area & update existing systems Assist in integrating a live database for the Holiday Bureau adopt-a-family program Improve configuration of Penn House’s Local Area Network (LAN) Provide access to computers for use by Penn House clients and families
To which competency (or competencies) does it pertain? Competency 4: Developing a Framework for change My Project—In the belief of a growing technology gap prevalent within our low income communities, the Ballard Center developed a computer lab at Penn House to assist families accessing information about their communities for example, jobs, a home, or reliable services. Competency 9: Enhancing Cultural Competence Penn House encompasses the meaning of a culturally inclusive community, the volunteers are the clients. Their involvement helps us integrate the most effective interventions and programs for our community.
Why is it an important contribution? By offering these resources to families they can begin working on their own personal and family issues and make improvements by means of self education through the information provided through the internet.
Practicum Product Outcome The computer lab can be used by all visitors at Penn House and encourages learning about our communities. This product enhances the capacity of theChristmas ‘77 organization by offering a service that is vital to survival in today’s
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Practicum Successes and Opportunities When speaking to a few community members about what barriers they feel are preventing them from sustaining an adequate lifestyle and technology seems to be the biggest answer. If we can adapt alike computer labs and classes in other low income areas through other human services programs we can provide families with the technology they are completely unaware of or simply cannot afford.
Lessons LearnedUnderstanding how To establish my owncommunity programs experiences as a source ofwork from the inside, like education by helpingthe Ballard Center, can others resolve theirhelp (or hinder) ourcommunity can be problems helped meeffective in teaching the understand thevalue of volunteering and magnitude of thehow to provide quality assistance needed in allassistance. communities and how easy anybody can actively contribute to their own community.
Future Goals My experience has offered me a new meaning to volunteering, it was a new experience & beneficial to volunteer with members of the community whom are effected with current societal issues. Having the opportunity to be interviewed by 6 News felt like a step towards the right kind of awareness needed within the community
Acknowledgements Paul Youk Penn House’s staff and volunteers Penn House’s clients Jomella Watson- Thompson Marvia Jones http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2010/nov/25/33532/