It’s an evocative image: a boy standing next to a pillar and behind a brick wall, back turned, staring at whatever lies beyond. The Internet image calls to mind people whom a particular group of social workers at San Diego State University would like to help. RosArt Multimedia, Inc. of North Park supplied the graphic and technical know-how for the Web site run by the SDSU Social Policy Institute. The state Office of Child Abuse Prevention funds the institute, though the institute’s Jack Chamberlin said child abuse is not the only social concern he and his office partners hope to address. RosArt Multimedia President Jos & #233; Rosa estimated his employees did $40,000 of Web work for the institute. As a community service, RosArt billed the institute $5,000. That money paid programmers to give the site some features that made it even better, Rosa said, noting that the finished product is highly interactive. The Social Policy Institute contracts with the state to provide training and technical assistance to the 17 Answers Benefiting Children (ABC) pilot projects throughout the state. The institute is responsible for the management information system for the ABC projects. RosArt has 13 employees. Its local clients include two law firms , Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP and Casey Gerry Reed & Schenk LLP. The Social Policy Institute site at (www.sdsu-spi.org), launched a few weeks ago, includes links to other Web sites related to social services.
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