Youth Voices

Literacies are reading, writing, composing, creating, producing, changing, adapting, and evolving, but what do we know about how new and traditional literacies are already connected in the lives of today's youth? This resources focuses on important ways in which participation in two media literacy programs in Philadelphia helped youth to practice and improve traditional literacy skills. While...
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills? Based on interviews with and observations of youth media producers in the Philadelphia area, this resource explores what motivates these youth to...
As educators, we are in a unique position of both witnessing and influencing how young people come into their adult identities. Popular media portrays the rural United States as a hostile environment for the exploration of identity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. If we understand identity as a collective creation, influenced by the individual as well as by...
"Who does that?" a girl in my 10th grade English class murmured dismissively. We were walking back to class from the garden across the street from our school, the East-West School of International Studies, Queens, NY. She was responding to my vague proposal that we take their essays about different plots in a local community garden and make audio recordings. "We could put your recordings together...

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