Submitted by kgoddard on October 29, 2009 - 1:33pm.
Since 2007, YouthLearn has been working with the Verizon Foundation on their on-going development of the Thinkfinity educator portal. The portal contains more than 50,000 curricular and interactive resources developed by some of the nation's leading content experts, including National Geographic, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonium. Specifically, YouthLearn has been consulting with Verizon on the best strategies to engage afterschool educator in the use of Thinkfinity resources.
Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The AYV global network currently includes more than 160 sites and a large, expanding number of grantees and organizations in 31 countries. Since its inception, AYV has engaged over 20,000 youth and 1,000 educators in schools and out-of-school programs.
The Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3) project is a youth-produced, Web-based media series and companion educator materials on science and engineering careers targeting girls from underserved groups (minority populations, youth of low socioeconomic status and those with disabilities). GC3's media series—short video segments produced by middle school aged girls—captures the inquiry-based learning experiences of six girls, as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer.
The Youth Media Learning Network (YMLN) is an initiative to promote professional development and capacity building for the youth media field on a national scale. Created collaboratively by the YouthLearn Initiative at EDC and Educational Video Center, the central goals are to:
Through a grant from the Noyce Foundation, YouthLearn and Foundations Inc. have been working together to develop and pilot a professional development strategy aimed at facilitating the integration of STEM into typical afterschool programs nationwide, and to broaden reach through partnerships with statewide professional development systems.
For the last four years, YouthLearn has been working with educational leaders from around the country to develop a new professional development model for afterschool practitioners. The training was piloted in cities around the country and now, The Afterschool Academies Guidebook for Action is available for download! The Guidebook is designed for leaders and organizations who want to build from the Academies model to create their own professional development that makes a difference: professional development for afterschool education and educators.