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This is my presentation at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim for a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) panel on Outreach.

This is my presentation at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim for a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) panel on Outreach.

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Dream It Do It Initiative Dream It Do It Initiative Presentation Transcript

  • A partnership in Second Life with: the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), Global Kids, Youth Venture, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Juvenile Detention Center (JDC)
    • began spring 2007 w/ Freedom Reads bookclub
    • brought more public library staff on board to work with adults and teens
    • gave more technology programs in 2008
    • variety of activities
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    • International gathering place
    • Takes place in Teen Second Life which is for those ages 13-17
    • TSL offers the flexibility of creating private spaces for people to meet on what are called ‘islands’
    • Non-profit organization in NYC
    • Works with youth to be global citizens and community leaders
    • Has a well established presence in Teen Second Life
    • www.globalkids.org / www.holymeatballs.org
    • Work with youth from over 14 countries
    • Youth-led organizations work create lasting change and make a difference in communities
    • www.genv.net
    • To improve the health and healthcare for all Americans
    • They fund projects that “have a measurable impact and can create meaningful change”
    • www.rwjf.org
    • Teens form a team (2+ is a team)
    • Workshops and meetings take place in the virtual medium
    • Identify health related problems in the community (social/mental health too)
    • Meet to develop their plan
    • Present their plan to a panel
    • Created and led by youth
    • Benefits the community
    • New org., business, or club
    • Ongoing and sustainable
    Identified as issues by the Cool Kids: Drugs, Drug Dealer, Gangs Identified as passions by the Cool Kids: Music, Basketball, Football, Art
    • If the venture is accepted, will receive seed funding of $1,000
    • Ongoing support of a community to keep ventures going
    • Continuity of team from week to week
    • Limitations of being able to be online and in the ‘real world’
    • Communication about the project (privacy, etc.)
    • Want to pursue D.I.D.I. for your own teens? Contact Amira Fouad with Global Kids:
    • [email_address]
    • Want insight on working with the project as a library? Contact Kelly Czarnecki with the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County:
    • [email_address]
  • http://tinyurl.com/6ldqmk