Philly Net Squared: Youth and Digital Empowerment, 10/5/2010

NetSquared LogoAt the October 5, 2010 Net Tuesday, practitioners in the field of youth and digital media shared their work empowering youth to identify issues important in their communities and to share their message through digital and social media.

A video player for the entire event is below, along with a summary of the background of the panelists.

The presentations included examples of their projects and address challenges including access to technology, privacy concerns and more. We used the Crestron video conferencing system at the American Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, to record the livestream of this presentation. Because of technical difficulties, we missed a portion of the opening of the program, which begins after about five minutes into the first panelist’s presentation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Panelists

David Cooper Moore of Powerful Voices for Kids

David Cooper Moore discussed Temple University’s Powerful Voices for Kids program. The mission of the Powerful Voices for Kids program is to strengthen children’s abilities to think for themselves, communicate effectively using language and technology tools, and use their powerful voices to contribute to the quality of life in their families, their schools, their communities, and the world. He will speak about the program itself with a focus on curriculum and pedagogical approaches to youth media.

Laura Deutch of "Messages in Motion"Laura Deutch is the founder of Messages in Motion. MIM offers youth participants the opportunity to produce short video postcards that communicate personal and social messages about their diverse life experiences. As the van travels through the city, the stories inspire, educate and provoke participants from different communities to learn from one another. She will present an overview of the program and focus on building community partnerships as youth and youth-serving organizations learn from each other’s projects. (Plus, a tour inside the MIM van!)

Sam Reed, founder of sriii ConsultingSam Reed is the founder of Sriii Consulting and a blogger for the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. He provides support to schools and youth-serving organizations around media literacy and arts education integration. He will share his curriculum unit, MySpace in Democracy, that conducts an inquiry on the risks and rights youth develop and maintain online.

We very gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for this event: The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the American Friends Service Committee, without whose support, these events would not be possible.

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