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Our History

Our History

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 (HCHS) – 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 & 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 with the youth suggestion. 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 additional urban Minneapolis and Saint Paul communities would soon follow, allowing Osiris to build 28 computer labs throughout the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and in 2018, the computer lab initiative was expanded to the construction of 6 computer centers within the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation system. Unfortunately, when the COVID 19 pandemic forced shutdowns of the park and recreation systems of the entire Twin Cities in early 2020, our collaborative relationship with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board dissolved, for a myriad of reasons, and was never restored.  However, our relationship with the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation division resumed post pandemic where 3 additional labs have been constructed and plans are in place to construct an additional 11 computer centers in early 2023.

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"Hey Mr. Roddy, you’ve taught us so much about technology at the HCHS. Why don’t you build a computer lab at one of the parks in Minneapolis?"

1998 Successful Youth Member