Submitted by kgoddard on October 29, 2009 - 12:33pm.
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 700 sites in 50 countries. Since its inception, AYV has engaged over 190,000 youth and 9,000 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.
Links To Learning is a Curriculum Planning Guide developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) to assist afterschool program providers in responding to the call of academics in non-school time, while addressing the full range of children's developmental needs.
In 2005, YouthLearn was engaged by the National Collaboration for Youth to conduct an online survey for their publication, Using Blended Learning for the Professional Development of Youth Workers. In the publication, Pam Garza, Director of the National Youth Development Learning Network with the National Collaboration for Youth, explains that an essential element in the building and sustaining of effective youth development organizations is the ongoing professional development of youth workers.
In September 2002, 18 youth from Community Technology Centers (CTCs) around the United States were chosen for the second annual AT&T Young Leaders Program. YouthLearn was proud to take part in this important effort to train the community leaders of tomorrow.