When given the opportunity to encourage future technologists to make an impact on the world, we say yes! A few weeks ago, Red Arrow had the privilege to mentor a small group of students from the UWM School of Information Studies (SOIS), by providing feedback on their website project designed for a local non-profit.
The students were a part of the nonprof-IT program, where UWM-SOIS students gain real world experience providing technology solutions to local non-profit groups. In exchange for their time and skills, the students receive credits towards their major and also gain an understanding and passion for service.
Red Arrow volunteers served in the role of mentor and sounding board, as the student team presented us their current website redesign for the Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort (WAVE). WAVE, an organization focused on ending gun violence, approached the students with a few goals: to update the look of their outdated site and to encourage site visitors to donate to the cause.
During their presentation, the students discussed project goals, their process and how they addressed any challenges that came up during the project. The Red Arrow volunteers shared their expertise and provided feedback on the students’ project. We were quite impressed with their collaborative teamwork and commitment to deliver a website that addressed the wants and needs of the nonprofit and look forward to seeing more from this talented group of students.
Check out the newly redesigned WAVE website: http://waveedfund.org/
To learn more about the amazing work coming out of the Nonprof-IT and SOIS program, visit: http://uwm.edu/informationstudies/nonprofit/