Code for America

I am quoted in a Campus Progress article on Code for America by Andrew Bluebond (read the full article for a better idea of CFA’s purpose):

Ryan Kellett applied to be a CFA fellow next year after hearing about the program via Twitter. Kellett, who graduated from Middlebury College in January 2010, says  “some sort of one or two-year service work post-college is important for freshly minted graduates,” adding that Teach for America (TFA) has done well to promote the model. But TFA wasn’t for Kellett, who cited recent criticism of the organization due to “too many graduates applying for prestige rather than genuine interest.”

In contrast, Kellett says CFA is “a bit more pure in talent and mission, attracting only who really are invested in local government and technology.”

CFA’s service experience might simply be better suited to Kellett’s skills and experience than TFA, as he is no stranger to web 2.0. In 2006, he founded a community website for his college that has grown to be a hub for community discussion. He was also National Public Radio’s first-ever Social Media Desk intern last summer.

Kellett was drawn to what he called the program’s “web-first outlook” after being discouraged by other organizations’ reluctance to embrace web 2.0 as an essential tool for community problems.


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