I may not be in town, if I am I will attend and take notes. This is a great place to get good ideas, get inspired and meet some fantastic people…
Every year our CTEP AmeriCorps members choose community action projects that make a contribution to bridging the digital divide. Please join us on Friday, August 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, where our members will share their accomplishments and struggles in creating community change through their projects. Feel free to swing by earlier for informal networking starting at 9 a.m; bagels and coffee will be served.
The Saint Paul Neighborhood Network’s AmeriCorps program, the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for immigrant communities, low-income residents and persons with disabilities in the Twin Cities. AmeriCorps members help youth and adults use technology to access social, civic, educational and economic opportunities.
Here is a glimpse of this year’s civic engagement projects:
- Technological Inclusion for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Communities
This project focused on providing technology skills education to older adults in the Hard of Hearing and Deaf community through one-on-one computer coaching sessions and iPad classes. Community Partner: Ebenezer Park and Tower Apartments
- Stop! Animate!
A three week stop-motion animation camp for the youth at CLUES. The participants worked together in small groups to create short animated films completely from scratch.Community Partners: Communidades Latinos Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), SPNN, Independent Film Project
- Building an Online Instructional Resource for Low-Educated Learners
This research project, and the resulting intervention, supported CTEP members so they can better serve low-educated English Language Learners and boost digital literacy outcomes for partnering community based organizations. We developed an online environment to be flexible and adaptable for instructors as well provide relevant accessible learning resources to students. Community Partner: Jen Vanek
- Adult ELL iPad Camera Class
A class for Adult ELL students focused on introducing basic photography concepts with an iPad. Community Partner: Hmong American Partnership
- Twin Cities Techettes
A two-week summer camp that challenges participants to solve real-life STEM problems, develop technology skills that are necessary for life beyond high school, and explore STEM opportunities. Community Partners: Arlington Hills Community Library and Maplewood Library
- Connecting Parents to Schools
Connecting Parents to Schools aims to teach parents with low technology literacy how to use these school websites and applications so they can be more involved in their children’s educations. Community Partners: Wayzata School District and Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
- Engaging with Technology at the RMDH School
Our Civic Engagement team has been working for the past year to find ways of engaging the Ronald McDonald House School in daily technology use in their classroom. Through lesson planning using iPads and interactive SmartBoard activities, we hope to give the kids a chance to express their creativity through the use of technology. Community Partner: Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities
- Adding Participatory Action Research to St. Paul Public Schools
Our civic engagement project advances the presence of Participatory Action Research, a model media literacy curriculum that engages youth in both quantitative and creative exercises to explore local topics of social justice and community history, in the Saint Paul Public Schools.
- Digital Storytelling Initiative
The Digital Storytelling Initiative is a two-week media skills boot camp that allows students to tell their stories through media. Community Partners: Saint Paul Public Libraries.