Speak UP Little Village!
To provide a digital counter-space to student’s institutionalized classroom, where we create an environment that cultivates a critical learning process and actively maintain a supportive and loving space where their experiences and knowledge are shared and valued through a digital platform.
1.) To centralize the experiences and knowledge of students, where they are active learners as well as teachers.
2.) To enhance student’s level of critical, racial, cultural, historical and social consciousness.
3.) To engage student’s schooling experiences by encouraging them to exercise their agency to remake and recreate those experiences through digitalized representations of photo, video and writings, ultimately realizing and/or strengthening their humanity.
4.) To expose and name the socio-political inequities of low-income communities, specifically the Lower West Side community of Chicago also known as Little Village “La Villita,” in order for students to problematize these realities and develop tools to better make sense of these conditions by sharing their thoughts.
5.) To challenge students to high expectations in order to reach their full intellectual capacities.
A maximum of 20 participants will assist in the creation of a digital webpage platform which will be updated once a week with digital story telling though photo montage, video creation and blog writing. The curriculum will be appropriate for a wide age range but we will specifically target youth in transition stages, those going into 8th, 9th, and 10th grade (12-16 years of age).
The Grantee will target computer training to low-income individuals in Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.
The technology access and computer training will take place at the Grantee’s Community Technology Centers located at: 2801 S Hamlin Ave. Chicago IL
The Grantee will provide access to computers and related educational services to the participating group for a minimum of 15 hours per week and each participant trains for 2 hours per day of the week for 13 weeks. In the fall a pilot 8-week technology course will be offered in continuation of our efforts to make this program a long lasting concept within our Uprising Youth Program.
Participants will not be charged a fee for basic computer access or technology training. However we would provide a $50 stipend to those who complete our program acknowledging their focus and dedication to create a website where we can continue to reach out to other youth within our communities who are willing to explore new possibilities and enhance their digital comprehension of today’s online resources.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO BE OFFERED
Computer Skills / Learning Objectives
The primary learning objectives include 1understanding basic technology terminology and use of online resources, 2using computers and productivity software to organize and create information, 3and using computers and communications software to access and transmit information.
Qualified staff instructors will provide the computer skills instruction. The instructors will possess the requisite technology expertise and experience in computer skills training.
The teaching approach for instruction will include a combination of direct instruction, drill and practice, and project based learning. The Grantee will focus training on technology competencies consisting of basic computer skills, word processing, e-mail and the Internet. Important concepts involving Word Press, Instagram, and blogging will be incorporated on a weekly basis.
DATE OF EVENTS
July 1 begin recruitment and register a maximum of 20 participants
July 12 make our digital platform website live on the World Wide Web accessible to everyone
July 19 1st submission from our participants (digital image storytelling)
July 26 2nd submission from our participants (digital image storytelling)
August 2 3rd submission from our participants (digital writing)
August 9 4th submission from our participants (digital writing)
August 16 5th submission from our participants (digital video storytelling)
August 23 6th submission from our participants (digital video storytelling)
August 30 7th submission from our participants (storytelling open to video, image or text)
September 6 8th submission from our participants (storytelling open to video, image or text)
September 13 9th submission from our participants (focus on participant’s area of interest to express themselves in our online platform)
September 20 10th submission from our participants (focus on participant’s area of interest to express themselves in our online platform)
September 30 Conclude our program, establish core participants in this model allowing continuous support and updated submissions to our online website allowing us to continue offering this program throughout the school year.