Building Websites for Charity
Student volunteers help non-profit organizations create Websites
(ARA) - Learning doesn’t just happen inside a
classroom. For The Art Institutes, learning is also creating
opportunities for students and faculty to take their talents and
skills outside the classroom, into the community, to help others.
This year, The Art Institutes will hold its
second national “webraising” event, with schools throughout North
America participating. Based on the Amish concept of a barnraising
where neighbors gather together and build a barn in one day,
webraisings build websites for nonprofit organizations in one
Webraising is just one of dozens of volunteer
efforts that some 5,000 students from The Art Institutes take part
in each year, contributing more than a quarter million hours toward
improving the communities in which they live and attend school.
For a webraising event, students and faculty of
the Multimedia and Web Design departments of The Art Institutes work
closely with nonprofit organizations several weeks in advance,
conducting research, learning about the organization and the
population it serves, and the purpose of its Website. They then work
for a period of 8 to 10 hours to meet the launch deadline date.
"Webraisings are a unique opportunity for
Multimedia and Web Design students to put their skills to work
creating a critical marketing and communication tool for these
non-profit organizations that they otherwise might not have the
resources to create for themselves,” says Dr. Ameeta Jadav. She is
coordinating the current effort underway.
In fact, many students who have participated in
webraising events have continued to be involved with the
organization as volunteers and Web site managers.
For Art Institute of Atlanta student Robert
Horton, the experience of helping to raise a Web site for a local
arts organization was overwhelmingly positive. “I liked the whole
experience working with my team members and the organization
representative,” says Horton. “My participation means a lot to me;
it says that I'm a part of something that's productive."
“While the goals of the event are to develop a
strong partnership among students, schools and their communities,
and provide our students with professional hands-on experience,
perhaps most importantly, we hope to instill in them a life-long
commitment to volunteerism,” adds Dr. Jaday.
For more information on careers in Multimedia and
Web Design and The Art Institutes, visit
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