1999 At A Glance

Community Outreach: Mentors, Public Training, & Public Internet Access Sites
  • Recruited over 130 participants from computer user group meetings for public access site mentors. Certified and placed 50 mentors in public sites. Established a three-tiered training program for public site personnel at 50 public access sites. Designed and implemented instructional courses for mentor volunteers. Designed a statewide World Wide Web Telementoring project to link adult professionals with at risk, underserved youth. Established a 10-computer public access Interact training facility. Developed standardized minimum technical requirements for 50 public access sites. Coalition Building
  • Organized town hall meetings of government, education, industry and community based organizations. Expanded collaboration from a single county to fifteen urban and rural counties in two states. Developed findings from the regional needs assessment into five national model programs. Obtained political endorsements from California Superintendent of Schools, both U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives from every represented county N2R Awards/Recognition
  • Featured as "The Gateway to the Virtual Community" in Government Technology Conference, May 1998 1997 Global Information Infrastructure Awards, Semi-finalist in two categories: Community and Public Access Cited as case study, Institute of Smart Communities, Building Smart Communities Implementation Guide, January 1997 Cited in Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Commerce speech to Congress on April 26, 1997 Recognition in numerous articles
What is FYBR?
Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Job & Life Skills Telementoring Program
The FYBR model is the world's first interactive, web-based automation of the processes associated with mentoring, including recruitment, application, orientation, training, screening, matching, telementor/mentee interaction, monitoring, closure, incentives and recognition.

Who Developed FYBR?
Cynthia Mulit, Executive Director of Strategic Planning for NET at TWO RIVERS.

Who Sponsored the Development of FYBR?
World Institute for Smart Communities
Sacramento Police Department

What are the Benefits of "Follow the Yellow Brick Road Telementoring?"

In the World of Work by:

  • Providing at risk youth with unprecedented access to business professionals who assist by serving as workforce readiness mentors
  • Overcoming barriers to mentoring of time, geography and security and thereby enable business to support youth in new and meaningful ways
  • Providing at risk youth with a system of support, a vision of personal economic opportunity, an educational path to get to career goals, and the vitally needed skills that lead to employment
  • Addressing corporate demands for trained workers by developing entry level job skills in youth.
In Youth Education by:
  • Providing job and life skills curricula
  • Recruiting youth mentors in greater numbers than could ever be achieved in person
  • Increasing in youth their sense that education is relevant to achieving personal dreams
In Overcoming the Digital Divide by:
  • Flowing the intellectual capital of business professionals to at risk youths and other lifelong learners, including principles, values, knowledge, skills and support.
  • Inspiring large numbers of youths to make healthy choices through feedback, reward and the help of business mentors
  • Connecting people on-line through fun and rewarding activities thereby fostering tremendous social change positively, not coercively.
*N2R estimates that the amount of volunteer time by business professionals (estimated as in-kind contribution) will greatly exceed program costs and result in a significant methodology for addressing the digital divide as corporate resources of time and talent flow from the information haves to information have-nots.