In 1997, Osiris Organization was formally established as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.
In 1998, Hennepin County Corrections collaborated with Osiris to create a computer-training center in the Hennepin County Home School, An adolescent treatment facility in suburban Minneapolis. Osiris’ life skill mentoring and technology programming was included as a course curriculum for the youth residents.
From the success of the computer course at the HCHS, students requested Osiris expand programming into Minneapolis communities offering an after-care program.
The youth residents at the HCHS suggested Osiris contact the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Public Parks to construct computer centers to utilize, hone, and advance their computer training. Most youth would return to their homes in urban Minneapolis and felt that working within easy commuting distance of their homes would enhance their adjustment post treatment.
In 1998, Osiris’ Executive Director, Bill Roddy, took the idea of the youth he was mentoring and approached Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Powderhorn Park Director, Corky Wiseman. Corky agreed to establish a collaborative relationship to build a computer center to serve the entire surrounding community members as well as employ Osiris technology program youth as entry-level tech assistants.
Other opportunities to serve urban Minneapolis communities would soon follow, allowing Osiris to build computer centers throughout the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board system.
"Hey Mr. Roddy, you’ve taught us some much about technology at the HCHS. Why don’t you build a computer lab at one of the parks in Minneapolis?"