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Emoti-Con! Youth Action Team Launches
Last Friday we kicked off our first meeting for this year’s Emoti-Con! planning committee, called the Youth Action Team or A-Team.
Emoti-Con! is an annual youth digital media and technology challenge, now in its third year. On June 2, 2012, over 150 New York City youth from programs throughout the five boroughs will gather to showcase digital media and technology projects designed for the betterment of the world, be inspired by their peers, and meet professionals in the field. Youth will compete for awards in multiple categories, including most innovative and best potential for social impact.
The A-Team is comprised of a group of high school students who will be helping to plan Emoti-Con! Some of their tasks leading up to the event will include: setting the agenda, choosing guest speakers, promotion and outreach, and designing a youth-led workshop.
For our first session, youth viewed videos and photos from last year’s Emoti-Con! and learned the previous youth committee did to prepare for the event. Then they were asked to write or draw all of their talents, skills, and past digital media projects on index cards, which were then assembled into a talent “tree”. These are skills they can transfer and hone as they plan for Emoti-Con!
*Emoti-Con! has been developed through a unique grass-roots collaboration amongst several NYC youth-serving organizations (MOUSE, Global Kids, the New York Public Library, and Parsons The New School for Design) to address the needs for cross-institutional collaboration and to provide the much needed face-to-face venue for youth to connect across digital media and technology projects.