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Urban Word LiveUrban Word Live is a digital/social media workshopexperience that seeks to cultivate youth writing communitieson a virtual platform using the models of student-centeredengagement that have proven successful in our spacesthroughout NYC. Led by the Urban Word Social Media Team(a facet of our Youth Board), the program allows for the in-house cultivation of youth leadership skills and initiative whilereaching outward to connect with aspiring young artiststhrough the following activities: 1. Via Facebook and Twitter, our Youth Social Media Team sends out weekly prompts (writing prompts, info links, video links, articles, etc.) 2. Youth follow the links to explore the topic of the week, and use the writing prompts to create original poetry pieces. 3. Young people attend the workshops via live stream. 4. At the end of each workshop series/season, Urban Word NYC will create a Digital Youth Anthology of student work.
Urban Word LiveDuring one of our debriefing meetings, one of the youth from the socialmedia leadership team expressed concern about her ability to giveextensive feedback to the aspiring youth poets that are participating in theprogram.To address this issue, we experimented with tagging other youth leaders,alum, and mentors into the community conversation around pieces thatwere posted on the Urban Word Facebook page.In this way, we were able to broaden the conversation and invite thevoices of more seasoned poets of the Urban Word community much likewhat occurs here on site.The use of tagging to give diverse and quality feedback to emerging poetshas proven to be successful and exciting for the larger conversation.
Urban Word LiveAs the project continues to roll out, some of thenext steps include:1) The compilation and publication of our SpringDigital Anthology (to be published on our website)2) Summer training for the youth Social MediaTeam from our partner organization, Global ActionProject, about the fundamentals of camera work,editing, live streaming, etc.3) Qualitative research (NYU, CUNY Grad, and TCColumbia University Grad students) on the impactof digital and social media on the literacy effortsand engagement of our youth community.
Words on WallsUrban Word NYCCity LoreBring to Light FestivalGlobal Action Project
Words on Walls (WoW) combines digital learning with neo-futurist graffiti to celebrate cultural diversity, neighborhood histories and the power of youth voice. WoW will situate youth in various digital learning environments to not only create and document their work and progress, but to also share and present it in dynamic and innovative ways.Over two years, Words on Walls will function to:1) provide digital and artistic learning opportunities to NYC teens2) showcase student work through live performances and visual/light projections on the sides of buildings during (8) events (4events/year)3) serve thousands of NYC youth and local residents throughthese performance events, live streams, blogs/videos/Facebook,and print media4) provide New Skool Journalism workshop series 2x/year toengage youth with 21st century journalism techniques andengage various digital platforms to share the work5) and roll out curricula that documents and provides the tools toreplicate the program.
Words on Walls depends on the expertise andreputation of numerous organizations to fulfillnumerous outcomes of this project.WoW main cohort and guest cohort series will bespearheaded by Urban Word NYC writing mentors,and Bring to Light Festival facilitators to engage thewriting, social media prompts, and software learningoutcomes of the project, along with City Lore expertsto drive the engagement with local neighborhoods(and run the POEMobile to promote events, andproject student work).During each event, Urban Word NYC and City Lorewill partner with local neighborhood partners to co-hostthe event celebrations. Projected sites include theBrooklyn Museum, African Art Museum, NY Knicks,Schomburg Center and Bring to Light Festival.New Skool Journalism workshops will enlist UrbanWord mentors and Global Action Project facilitators todrive all journalism techniques, community mappingand documentary ethnographic research, with all ofthe online presence facilitated by UW’s Social MediaTeam.
Words on WallsUltimately, Words on Walls serves the entire network as it will provide an example of adeliberate integration of Urban Word NYC programs, with the goals and outcomes of thenetwork. The partnership model presented will present an integrated use of eachorganization’s expertise to enhance student learning opportunities. The HIVE network willbe able to access the full curriculum from the program and be invited to attend a freetraining on the curriculum at New York University during Urban Word’s PreemptiveEducation Conference. This curriculum will also be available as a free download onUrban Word Live web portal.