TakingITMobile Community-based research study conducted in partnership with the social network TakingITGlobalwhich examined how global youth leaders use mobile communications to create social change within their local communities and internationally(n = 565). As an e-PAR study, youth participants were encouraged to take the reigns as researchers through the online TakingITMobile Working Group, which comprised of 39 youth representing 20 different countries. A mixed-methods survey on mobile youth activism was collaboratively developed and deployed online in 10 languages.
Why Social Media? “Young people are generally aware of social networks – only 18% of those are yet to use them or have never heard of these sites.” “Globally, 80% of young people have visited sites like YouTube to watch online video clips.” “The mobile phone is ingrained into young people’s everyday lives with 42% claiming it’s the first thing they look at in the morning and they last thing they do at night.” MTV Circuits of Cool Stats (2008)
Canadian Youth Mobile Phone Use 2002; 52% of youth ages 15-19 Mobile Youth Report (W2F) 2008; 30% of youth ages 13-15, 65% of youth16-17CWTA, 2008 2009; 71% of youth ages 12-19 Solutions Research Group (Canada)
TakingITMobile: Youth, Mobile Phones and Social Change Majority of youth (77%) use their phones as tools in their activism with top issues reported: Environment (39%); Human Rights (36%); Poverty (28%); Health (24%); Peace (23.8%); HIV/AIDS (22.4%) & Violence (11.6%). TakingITGlobal youth spends $30 a month on mobile services; they talk for 250 minutes per month, send 400 text messages, and use 1,000 megabytes of data Popular Features used daily: Voice Calls (75%); Text Messages (46%); Web Browsing (38%); Social Media (27%); News (26%) and Photography (22%).
Integrating Social Media into Research TakingITGlobalProjects allowed for different ways of sharing research along the way with knowledge stakeholders
KTE through Digital Media Other free platforms for knowledge transfer and exchange: Webinars Skype Facebook Google Chat Mobile Phones
What is Empower? Mission: Empower aims to enhance the capacity of diverse Toronto youth aged 16-29 to become HIV peer educators in their local communities through the arts. Partners: CATIE, GAAP, TRIP! (CTCHC)
What we do: Empower: Youth, Arts and Activism An HIV/AIDS Activism Manual for Youth by Youth (2007-2009) Empower Manual Community Launch (2009) Generation Sex, Y and Z: More Sex Ed for Youth by Youth (2010) Empower Program @ Queen West CHC (2011) Ongoing Capacity Building online and in diverse communities across Toronto!
Examples of Arts-Based HIV KTE Make a Video! ** Prise Positive (pg 13), YouthCo (pg 53), Throw a Theme Party!** No Pants No Problem (pg 38), Head & Hands (pg 32) Make a Button! sprOUT (pg 24) Create a Zine! PYO (43), TRIP! (58) Throw a Fashion Show! (pg 14) Take a Photo! ** GAAP (pg 26) , sprOUT (pg 18) Art + Community-Based Research = Taking Action (pg 44-47) Graffiti and Street Art (pg. 61-62) ** For more examples check out www.empoweryouth.info
The Medium is the Message How will you share your work (both process and results) with your community and other stakeholders? How does the medium you are working with add to your message? What are the advantages and challenges to using different strategies (e.g. ethical issues, literacy levels, cultural sensitivity, cost, etc.)?
Acknowledgements Special thanks to : Susan Flynn, Robb Travers, June Larkin, Sarah Switzer, Jason Pole & Adrian Guta. Our Research Staff, Students and all those who participated….
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