Neighborhood SIC groups are welcomed to apply for membership in the EDSN association. In response to the application, a local EDSN representative will meet with the group and guide them through the process of becoming a member of the EDSN association. Association membership is governed by EDSN’s by-laws and beings related rights, privileges, and responsibilities.
During the application process each SIC group will select community service programs that best serve their needs. EDSN in partnership with private, academic, and government sectors provide opportunities for local SICs groups, through community service programs, to create a culture of continuous which involves proximal learning and micro retooling relevant skills with high quality opensource technology that complements or expands local neighborhood programs.
Community service programs are maintained by neighborhood SICs. In these programs people at different stages of life and career are welcomed and affirmed to stay relevant, hopeful, and purposefully engaged with their local neighborhood communities. There are four basic categories of program participants. Interns serve to gain experience. Fellows bring expertise to local development. Neighborhood journalists articulate local experiences, ambitions and report on oversight issues, while PlexLearning evangelists provide marketing services and showcase local neighborhood entrepreneurship and development
Community service programs are supported by local cost-sharing SIC-groups (starting at $20 per-month). A basic neighborhood program requires about twenty (20) sponsors and cost about $5,000 per year (including staff-intern stipend: 2-hrs. or $50 per-wk.). Evangelists get 15% of contributions they generate for programs, Neighborhood journalists start at $0.15 per word for published articles with 20% residual income, and visiting fellows are self-supporting.