From danah boyd –
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of eight new of papers in The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (danah boyd, John Palfrey, and Dena Sacco, editors) as part of its collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), and generously supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series is comprised of short papers that are intended to help synthesize research and provide research-grounded insight to the variety of stakeholders working on issues related to youth empowerment and action towards creating a kinder, braver world.
The eight new papers focus on The Role of Youth Organizations and Youth Movements for Social Change, and were selected among submissions from a call for papers that the Berkman Center put out in June 2012. They include:
- “The Value of Youth Organizing” by Jerusha Conner
- “Youth and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies” by Sasha Costanza-Chock
- “Cultivating Young Women’s Leadership for a Kinder, Braver World” by Anna Rorem and Dr. Monisha Bajaj
- “How Participatory Action Research Can Promote Social Change and Help Youth Development” by Cara Berg Powers and Erin Allaman
- “Engaging Youth, Serving Community: Social Change Lessons from a 4H Rural Youth Development Program” by Donna J. Peterson, Barbara A. Baker, JoAnne Leatherman, Michael E. Newman, and Sally Miske
- “Youth Organizations and Positive Development: Lessons Learned from a Century of Girl Scouting” by Kamla Modi, Judy Schoenberg, and Kallen Tsikalas of the Girl Scout Research Institute
- “Out of the Box: Positive Development & Social Change Through the Arts” by Ping Ho
- “How to Engage Young People: Lessons From Lowell, MA” by Sopheap Linda C. Sou, Darcie DeAngelo, Masada Jones, and Monica Veth
I can’t imagine a better time for this to appear.
From the CIRCLE website:
“A new CIRCLE study, “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” shatters stereotypes and dispels conventional myths about the ways in which young people ages 18-29 are involved in the United States political system.
The study from THE CENTER FOR INFORMATION & RESEARCH ON CIVIC LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT – CIRCLE uses U.S. Census data on young voters from across the United States and compares youth engagement in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. Despite the over-simplified portrayal of young Americans in the news media, their political engagement is diverse. The study shows that at least three quarters of youth were somehow engaged in their community or in politics in both 2008 and 2010. But they engaged in very different ways. The key finding of the study is that young Americans were divided into six distinct patterns of engagement in recent years. In 2010, the clusters were:
- The Broadly Engaged (21% of youth) fill many different leadership roles
- The Political Specialists (18%) are focused on voting and other forms of political activism
- The Donors (11%) give money but do little else;
- The Under-Mobilized (14%) were registered to vote in 2010 but did not actually vote or participate actively
- The Talkers (13%) report discussing political issues and are avid communicators online, but do not take action otherwise
- The Civically Alienated (23%) hardly engage at all.”
From Principal Leadership magazine: Six Myths About Service Learning by Scott Richardson and Michael Josephson.
Service learning is the Rodney Dangerfield of education. Students say that it’s an “annoying requirement.” Parents say, “My kid will learn more in the classroom than in the community.” Teachers say, “It won’t improve test scores.” Principals say, “It’s a feel-good mandate that kids aren’t capable of understanding.”
Read this article to find out about the six myths and the real facts about service learning. Done right, service learning benefits students both academically and socially, creates opportunities for learning citizenship, empowers youth, and benefits schools and communities. And that’s no myth!