Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net Goes Ivy!

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Princeton Students at AFNAustin Free-Net is turning blue – blood that is.  We have been chosen by 11 students from Princeton University for a civic engagement project.  Proud Princeton Tiger Senior, Eric Donado, told our Executive Director, Juanita Budd that their focus will be on, “…the blend of activism and pragmatism that has allowed Austin to thrive at the cutting edge of homelessness programs.”   He knows that Austin Free Net is a great resource for volunteering.  As he mentioned to Juanita, “Given the focus on computer literacy and technological engagement, we think your organization is a particularly relevant partner for the focus of our trip.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Chartered in 1746 and starting with only 10 male students, Princeton University is an Ivy League scholarly and athletic powerhouse, today.  It is the fourth-oldest college in United States and now has 5,000 undergraduate students.

Eleven those fresh-faced students are being hosted at St. David’s Trinity for their trip to Austin.  All of their courses of study differ – ranging from humanities to engineering.  They began their volunteering assignments for Austin Free-Net Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and all are excited to see how they can make a difference in the lives of their new Austin-based friends.   Final project presentations will be given Friday, November 2 at 11 a.m.

In true college style, they are also very excited about having spent Halloween on 6th Street.  They have promised to share their experiences and stories – about all of Austin.   They also promised to do their part to Keep Austin Weird … and Wired!

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