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Weekly Virtual Venture Café

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For security reasons, we have added a two-step process for accessing this event. At the start time, please click on the button above to check in via our Venture Café kiosk system. Upon completion, you will be directed to Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app downloaded on your computer, phone, or mobile device, you can still join us!

*THE CHECK IN LINK WILL ONLY BE ACTIVE DURING EVENT TIME (EST)*

DISTRICT HALL & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE GO VIRTUAL

SAVE THE DATE | WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 | 12:00 - 12:30 PM

COVID-19 Hits: What Happens to Education Access for the Formerly Incarcerated?

Across the country, prisons are being hit hard by COVID-19 with little discussion around the impact the crisis will have on recidivism rates going forward. Some organizations aim to address this issue, and one of them in Rhode Island is Reentry Campus Program. With a mission to increase postsecondary education graduation rates and provide a pathway for individuals who are coming home from prison, Reentry Campus focuses on supporting people who are transitioning between taking college courses in prison and being able to use what they’ve learned outside. Founder and director James Monteiro calls on his hard-won experience to help guide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals along a path toward postsecondary success. Reentry Campus participants who are still incarcerated can earn college credits by passing exams and after their release matriculate into local universities, including Roger Williams University and Community College of RI. Hear how this model is working during the COVID-19 crisis and how the program makes a case for prison education as a catalyst for lowering recidivism rates.

In this inspiring VIRTUAL weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time. Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at www.segreenhouse.org.

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QUESTIONS?

  • Click the “Check In” link at the top of this page to begin the check in process.
  • Our Venture Café Kiosk System will load and you will be prompted to type in your name and email address.
  • Upon completion of the kiosk check in, a new page will load and allow you to access the virtual program via Zoom.

If you don’t yet have a Zoom account, please go to Zoom.us and click on “Sign Up, It’s Free” at the top right corner. Enter an email address you wish to use and activate your account. Once your account is active, go to zoom.us/download and download “Zoom Client for Meetings.” Presenters, please note that you need to use the desktop application and not the browser application.

  • Enter the meeting room approximately 15 minutes before your session is scheduled to begin to test audiovisual.
  • Whenever possible, please avoid being backlit; good lighting, is KEY to your video feed looking good to the audience.
  • Test your video and mic in advance to ensure they are in good working order. Please see FAQs for recommended equipment, as needed.
  • One person speaking at a time will help Zoom enlarge the view of the current speaker. 
  • Participants will enter the room on mute. If you would like them to engage verbally, please remind them to take themselves off mute to ask a question and them place themselves back on mute when finished.
  • Encourage participants to ask questions during your session using the chat feature. We recommend pausing every 2-3 slides to answer questions from the Zoom chat. 

WHY THE MOVE TO TAKE EVENTS ONLINE?

The health and safety of our community comes first. Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, Venture Café Providence has decided that the best course of action is to go digital for the foreseeable future.

We encourage you to join us on this journey of learning and experimentation!

HOW LONG WILL EVENTS STAY VIRTUAL?

We have decided to stay on a digital platform for the foreseeable future until COVID-19 has been contained and we get the all-clear from the proper authorities.

WHEN ARE THE VIRTUAL EVENTS BEING HELD?

Please check out our Event Calendar for a list of all our upcoming events!

WANT A VIRTUAL BACKGROUND?

To change your virtual background in Zoom, click the up arrow next to the Stop/Start Video button on the lower left of the screen and select “Choose a Virtual Background. From there find the image of your preference and make that your background. 

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED BROADCAST EQUIPMENT FOR SPEAKERS?

HD 1080P Webcam

Most laptops do not have HD 1080P webcams built it. We suggest you purchase and use an external webcam that meets these specs. Example: Logitech C920 1080P HD webcam, estimated price $70-$100.

Condenser Microphone

We suggest using a condenser mic to dramatically improve audio quality. Many USB output microphones are available. Examples include: Snowball Mic and Yeti nano, estimated price $60-$100.

Lighting

Please make sure that you are sitting in a high lighting area. We suggest using lighting, such as a selfie or halo ring light. Estimated price $20-$35.

Please contact our team at info@districthallprovidence.org with any comments or questions.