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YLDP Summer Youth Project Connect

YLDP Summer Youth Project Connect

Division of Indian Work, Executive Director

Program Summary

Thirteen Native American Youth ages 13-18 will meet twice a week for six weeks to design and produce a weekly blog and media video piece that will be presented to the Native American Community at the end of the project through a Family Night event and posted on Facebook, Twitter and on the Division of Indian Work (DIW) web sites. This project fits with the Journalism and communications labs programming for Project:Connect and will address good digital citizenship issues, including equity, privacy, and sharing on the web. A media specialist will help the youth design and produce the video and blog.

Agenda

Thirteen to 15 Native American Youth ages 13-18 will meet twice a week for six weeks, from July 9th – August 15th, 2013 to design and produce a weekly blog and media video piece that will be presented to the Native American Community at the end of the project through a Family Night and posted on Facebook, Twitter and on the GMCC/DIW web sites. This project fits with the Journalism and communications labs programming for Project:Connect and will address web etiquette, including equity, good citizenship, privacy, and sharing on the web. A media specialist will help the youth design and produce the video and blog.

The youth will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-8:00pm including pick up and drop off in agency vans from July 9th through August 15th, 2013. From 5:00pm- 6:00 pm the youth will be instructed in a culturally appropriate curriculum called Expanding the Circle. This curriculum offers culturally relevant activities that address the Power of Non-Verbal communication; the Communication Challenge; and Community and Cultural Timeline and is part of a curriculum that is designed to help youth explore who they are, what skills they, need, what their options for life after high school. The media specialist from In Progress, St. Paul, MN will work with youth on design and production for the last hour of each session.

The Family Night will be held on Friday, August 16th from 5pm to 7:00pm. Families of all Division of Indian Work youth will be invited as well as other community members. There are 60-100 people expected that includes staff, students, family members and community member. Food will be served (a simple meal and soft drinks); a raffle held and there will be family friendly activities and materials about web safety, including showing the developed video.

The Family Night will include:
Sign in at 5:00pm
5:30pm-6:30pn – Welcome and dinner
Overview of project
Presentation of products by students and organizers
Honoring the students
6:30pm-7:00pm Wrap Up

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