mission:summerpartnership-powered mobile camps to buildcommunity infrastructure, empower summerexploration, and bridge the...
American students only go to school, onaverage, 180 days. A recent surveyrevealed that 75% of students arentenrolled in su...
Inspired by the timeless nostalgia of theneighborhood ice cream truck, the socialmedia fueled urban food truck revolution,...
how does it work?
how does it work?   (weʼre glad you asked.)
how does it work?   map          form           build      spread      mobilize      integratecommunity   partnerships   p...
mission:summer, though ostensibly            novel, is actually rooted in very real            principles of asset-based c...
Identify: neighborhoods, blocks, parks and green areas,            play grounds, schools, community centers, libraries,   ...
The central operating principle of               mission:summer is to define and fuel               creative partnerships w...
{                                             mission:summer                                                  trucks      ...
e.g. Both general/Chicago specific   examples                                                        mission: move         ...
mission:sum m er’s programming is               customizable for each community, as is the               format for delive...
• Programs should be 90-120 minutes in                   length.               • There should always be “single           ...
• Students with independent projects/                   goals are encouraged to register them                   online. “M...
mission:summer spreads the word in               the usual ways, school newsletters,               library and museum bull...
“The #mission:summer #produce +                           #explore trucks are hitting Montrose                           b...
mission:summer could also have a               web interface with local and national               content and schedules. ...
With planning down, the only thing left to               do is mobilize.               mission:summer’s trucks:           ...
Communities can use whatever mobile               infrastructure they have to accommodate               mission:summer’s t...
What now? Summer’s done.   map          form           build      spread      mobilize      integratecommunity   partnersh...
What now? Summer’s done.                 We know. But hereʼs the catch. When you                    look at a place for it...
It empowers year-round.And that is why we think it is special. Itrelies on a strong planning process rootedin community de...
a education idea.                    Melanie Kahl
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Mission: Summer

  1. 1. mission:summerpartnership-powered mobile camps to buildcommunity infrastructure, empower summerexploration, and bridge the academic calendar.
  2. 2. American students only go to school, onaverage, 180 days. A recent surveyrevealed that 75% of students arentenrolled in summer learning programs. As aresult, summer brain drain and awidening achievement gap areexacerbated, fueling the crisis ofengagement and creativity in the Americaneducation system. Furthermore, with moretime spent wired and indoors betweenschool sessions, youth and theircommunities risk a dramatic loss in freeplay, exploration, + community buildingcentral to an enriching summer break.Enter...mission:summer
  3. 3. Inspired by the timeless nostalgia of theneighborhood ice cream truck, the socialmedia fueled urban food truck revolution,and mobile museum + park units, we wantto harness the power of the serendipitousinteraction and novelty spurred by thesemobile units to fuel exploration andcreativity during summer vacation and intothe academic year targeted at the 8-13crowd.
  4. 4. how does it work?
  5. 5. how does it work? (weʼre glad you asked.)
  6. 6. how does it work? map form build spread mobilize integratecommunity partnerships programming the word the mission academically
  7. 7. mission:summer, though ostensibly novel, is actually rooted in very real principles of asset-based community development and urban planning. The first step is to assemble a district and community team of leaders to map local assets: schools, libraries, green spaces, academic/cultural institutions, community centers, etc. Mapping these formal institutions alongside informal gathering places helps district see through a place- based lens and target specific areas. mapcommunity
  8. 8. Identify: neighborhoods, blocks, parks and green areas, play grounds, schools, community centers, libraries, cultural and academic institutions, hang-out spots, gardens and markets, sports areas, skate parks, and more. mapcommunity
  9. 9. The central operating principle of mission:summer is to define and fuel creative partnerships with school districts. As such, institutions and individuals directly contribute to the planning and operating of the mobile fleet. By identifying positive assets and forming strong connections, the mission:summer project builds a creative inertia that carries over into the school year formally and informally. map formcommunity partnerships
  10. 10. { mission:summer trucks Truck is themed and team of individuals, institutions, school representatives, and youth fuel the summer planning and programming. Themes are intentionally broad and planning committees intentionally diverse. Individuals Institutions Schools Youth Community and Libraries, Museums, School district Community wide parent catalysts Galleries, Studios, representatives, student planning Businesses/ teachers, and catalysts Organizations/ curricular Associations catalysts map formcommunity partnerships
  11. 11. e.g. Both general/Chicago specific examples mission: move mission: produce mission: make trucks trucks trucks Hardware store owner; Local Yoga studio owner; team of fitness Local mom who hosts the morning architect; team of parent minded parents; Little league radio news; local DJ; mechanics director documentarian and production team Museum of Science and Industry; Hubbard Street Dance Company; Local newspaper; NPR station; Local AIA/AIGA chapters; MAKE Urban Gateways; Local park district public library magazine community manager programmer Head district shop/woodworking Dance coach; district physical Student newspaper sponsor; teacher; Science Olympiad coach; education curricular lead; group of English department chair; District school principal who used to be an teachers who latin dance on the IT director engineer weekends Local Eagle Scout; captain of the Dance team member; soccer Newspaper editor; film club leader; pine wood derby team; engineering captain; Girls on the Run youth local YouTube “celebrity” (9th grader college student home for the leader whose skateboard how-tos went viral) summer map form community partnerships
  12. 12. mission:sum m er’s programming is customizable for each community, as is the format for delivery (and size, for those intimidated). Truck teams can choose to divide the summer into months or collaborate on all programming ideas. But there a few central concepts that all teams should consider when forming their schedule, identifying resources, designing programs... map form buildcommunity partnerships programming
  13. 13. • Programs should be 90-120 minutes in length. • There should always be “single serving,”“multi-week summer workshop,” and individual program options. • These interactions are meant to be catalysts for individual and group exploration. Materials and information in the trucks and online will direct parents/ students how they can make, move, produce, explore, etc more. map form buildcommunity partnerships programming
  14. 14. • Students with independent projects/ goals are encouraged to register them online. “Mission hours,” like office hours, right before and after programming are times students can consult with mentors. • Students should be encouraged to register and participate online to log their attendance, share creations, and see/hear other work and stories. map form buildcommunity partnerships programming
  15. 15. mission:summer spreads the word in the usual ways, school newsletters, library and museum bulletin boards, local radio and newspapers, etc. but it also engages students and parents using social media to build momentum, identify locations, create a feedback loop, solicit ideas, and spread stories. map form build spreadcommunity partnerships programming the word
  16. 16. “The #mission:summer #produce + #explore trucks are hitting Montrose beach at 1:30. Let’s just say #birds + #flip cameras. Special guests...” My “flight” mini doc got posted on the @mission:make website. #omgsoexcitedrightnow. Latest batch of mini-docs posted from the mission:produce truck. School kick off screenings at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 9/7/11 @6:00. Free entry. map form build spreadcommunity partnerships programming the word
  17. 17. mission:summer could also have a web interface with local and national content and schedules. The layout possibilities are endless. But one thingʼs for sure, they would definitely use Google maps. map form build spreadcommunity partnerships programming the word
  18. 18. With planning down, the only thing left to do is mobilize. mission:summer’s trucks: • follow a basic schedule • show up at community events • have several surprise visits every summer • are filled with possibility We suggest that, to cut costs, districts use their bus fleet or rely on creative partnerships to outfit the mission trucks. Also, don’t be afraid to start small. We just like thinking big map form build spread mobilizecommunity partnerships programming the word the mission
  19. 19. Communities can use whatever mobile infrastructure they have to accommodate mission:summer’s trucks: • follow a basic schedule • show up at community events • have several surprise visits every summer • are filled with possibility map form build spread mobilizecommunity partnerships programming the word the mission
  20. 20. What now? Summer’s done. map form build spread mobilize integratecommunity partnerships programming the word the mission academically
  21. 21. What now? Summer’s done. We know. But hereʼs the catch. When you look at a place for its community and creative assets, you say “yes, and”, you foster spontaneous interactions, you create connections, and build networks organically... mission:summer doesnʼt end. It empowers. map form build spread mobilize integratecommunity partnerships programming the word the mission academically
  22. 22. It empowers year-round.And that is why we think it is special. Itrelies on a strong planning process rootedin community development.The connections fostered result in futureprogramming between institutions, artists inresidences, new personal and professionalrelationships, kids during the summer thatsay “ah-ha,” not “Iʼm bored.”And whoʼs to say the trucks canʼt makeappearances in December? Not us.
  23. 23. a education idea. Melanie Kahl

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