NIU students will show how they helped area nonprofits with tech needs

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Students from the Community Organizations in a Digital World class include (left to right) Jennifer Sanchez, Julia Metz, Hayley Jackson and Amanda Nellett.

Students from the Community Organizations in a Digital World class include (left to right) Jennifer Sanchez, Julia Metz, Hayley Jackson and Amanda Nellett.

NIU’s Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) is gearing up to present the Non-Profit Technology Showcase, featuring the work of students who have spent the semester assisting 10 area community organizations on their technology needs.

The free event is open to the public and will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center. Free weekend parking is available in the visitors lot.

Students involved in the showcase were participants in a class titled, “Community Organizations in a Digital World,” taught by professor Alicia Schatteman for NIU’s Community Leadership and Civic Engagement program.

Presentation topics include use of data analytics, website development, social media campaigns, volunteer management, nonprofit branding and video campaigns.

Students worked with a wide range of organizations, including the Kishwaukee YMCA, the Kishwaukee United Way, the DeKalb County Health Department, Barb Food Mart, We Care Pregnancy Clinic, Sycamore Education Foundation, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Children’s Community Theatre, DeKalb Public Library and the Lambi Fund of Haiti.

“I am so proud that my students can learn how to effectively use technology and support the technology needs of area community organizations,” Schatteman said. “Linking the community to the classroom is a way to give students practical experience and build the available resources of nonprofits.”

More information is available on Facebook and Twitter or by contacting Schatteman at (815) 753-0942 or aschatteman@niu.edu.

 

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