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Shine On! and Youth Media


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  • 1. EXPRESSING YOUTH VOICE THROUGH MEDIA Engaging and Growing Youth Through Shine On! Student Newspaper
  • 2. Shine On! Bingo  Turn to three to four people around you  Looking at the issue of Shine On! that you’ve been given, try to fill in as many squares as possible in the next three minutes  Winners get a FABULOUS prize!
  • 3. What conceptions does the adult world have about youth? What stereotypes exist? Brainstorm
  • 4. Discussion  Where does the adult world hear about youth? What do we refer to when staying ‘in the loop’ with young people?  What does the adult world hear about youth?  Where do you hear authentic examples of youth voice?
  • 5. If the news about young people is often negative and rarely in their voice, what effect does this likely have on our communities? Synthesis
  • 6. The Solution  A newspaper developed by Youth Development Office, meant to highlight youth leadership and service in Minneapolis Public Schools Addresses problems through providing a place for:  Expression of youth voice  Positive media about youth and by youth
  • 7. Youth Editorial Board  High School students responsible for:  Meeting together  Discussing/deciding on a pertinent theme  Writing articles  Discussion solicitation  Organization and vision for the issue  Journalists, advocates, teachers, learners  Youth Workers in place to challenge and support
  • 8. Putting Together an Issue  Youth provide framework  Youth explore their niches based on their natural talents and interests  Staff helps connect to outside resources, solicits, distributes, advocates  The process will seem hodge-podge. It’s supposed to, because you as the staff don’t get to be in charge of everything!
  • 9. Benefits  Shine On! Yo ung Le ade rs Rising is beneficial foryouth in Minneapolis  Le g itim iz e s ideas and discourse of youth Do cum e nts experiences of youth in a tangible, professional format Ce le brate s youth
  • 10. Benefits  Shine On! Yo ung Le ade rs Rising is beneficial forthe school district in Minneapolis Le g itim iz e s Service Learning through professional documentation Hig hlig hts student achievement Presents student discourse which can e nrich and supple m e nt the curriculum
  • 11. Benefits  Shine On! Yo ung Le ade rs Rising is an invaluable tool for community building in Minneapolis Staff ne two rking through solicitation and distribution Stude nt ne two rking through YEB, essay contest, and opportunities to get involved Creating a co m m o n ide ntity as service learners
  • 12. Benefits Lastly, Shine On! Yo ung Le ade rs Rising is a Service Learning experience for YEB members, and that comes with its own set of benefits…
  • 13. Other Forms of Youth Media  Magazines  Containing a collection of articles, stories, pictures, or other features  Zines  Inexpensively produced, self- published, underground publication  Newsletters  Regularly distributed, about one main topic of interest to individuals. Tend to be shorter and easily produced.  Blog  A website that displays written postings by one or more individuals, usually has links to comments on specific postings  An example of this can be found at: http://speakingundergroundonline
  • 14. What is the feasibility of instituting a form of Youth Media in your program? What would the benefits be for your program? What obstacles exist to the development of this type of youth media? Partner Discussion
  • 15. A Message from the Editors:  A balancing act between challenging and supporting  Opportunities increase growth  Youth deserve to be heard, because they have something important to say  It’s our job to ensure that they have a place to express themselves