Year in Review – 2020

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

2020 will go down in history as one of the most life-altering years for us all, from our community here in Youngstown to cities across the nation. The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in January, and since then we’ve all had to learn how to live life with at least one foot in a digital world. For some, 2020 …

Meet the Collaborative – Dr. Mike McNair

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

Who is Dr. Mike McNair? McNair is a friend and tenant of the Collaborative, as well as a publisher for the locally owned and operated Buckeye Review news outlet, a paper that is sent to over 20 cities across 26 states. This publication is centric to telling the stories of people of color both local to Youngstown and across the …

Oak Hill December Services

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

Raspberry Pi Online We’re still taking applicants for the Raspberry Pi after school program. No slots are available until Spring of 2021, but it doesn’t hurt to reserve your school or organization now to know you’re in! Each week they are taught something new about computers, and by week three the students are even given their own Raspberry Pi Computer …

Letter from the Director – “Digital Advantage Initiative”

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

Dear all, As part of our comprehensive approach to bridging the Digital Divide, the Collaborative continues to work for the Mahoning Valley community by: Educating residents on how to use computers and other digital devices more effectively, including on-site, at location and virtual classes Making cheaper hardware available to residents, particularly those socioeconomically disadvantaged. Developing cheaper, faster broadband in conjunction …

Hardware 4 Homes: The Value of Staying Connected

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

  Since late March, over time it became clear the value of technology and internet connectivity. We need it to function in a society where we are expected to socially distance and still continue our normal lives. From doing conference meetings on Zoom, to hanging out with friends on FaceTime, we all have moved all of our daily functions online. …

Operation Liberation – Community Values

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

Operation Liberation is a social justice group in Mahoning and Trumbull counties that is committed to restorative and transformative justice solutions that center the livelihoods of BIPOC folks. Just recently they hosted a discussion event at the Oak Hill Collaborative building November 14th. Their purpose was to “thinktank” addressable issues and make radical change in the city of Youngstown. Some …

Oak Hill and Partner November Services

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

  Makerspace Night While we were recording for the Raspberry Pi Online program, the Makerspace area was being used for filming. Now that all of our shoots are over, we have opened up all the labs in our Makerspace once more! If you are interested in learning about our Robotics Lab, how to incorporate 3D printing into your project, or …

PCs for People – Resource Highlight

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

PCs for People is a nonprofit organization with locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and other places throughout the US. Their mission is to provide people the opportunity to benefit from the life-changing impact of computers and mobile Internet. We are in discussion with them to expand our own program, perhaps in conjunction with Goodwill Foundation. Similar to our Hardware for Homes …

Meet the Collaborative – Trina Williams

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

“After every storm, God gives us a fresh wind. Just don’t give up” – Trina, on the topic of inspiring future leaders Trina Williams has been part of the Oak Hill Collaborative for many years. As one of our first business incubator success stories, she went from working out of her kitchen to running her own culinary business. Ever since …

Meet the Collaborative – Featuring Kristen Olmi

Anthony Hake Uncategorized

Kristen Olmi has been part of the Oak Hill Collaborative for many years. While working for Mahoning County, she always found time to help budding businesses via her K.O Consult. LLC. K.O Consult’s office, located right at the Collaborative, she helped start businesses such as: A Fresh Wind Catering KBC Kidz. Jesus Speaks Rock Shotz Photography and more! Not only …