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Dream It Do It Initiative


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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.

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Dream It Do It Initiative

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