Teenagers, Space-Makers, and Scaling Up to Change the World

Museum 2.0

This week, my colleague Emily Hope Dobkin has a beautiful guest post on the Incluseum blog about the Subjects to Change teen program that Emily runs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Subjects to Change is an unusual museum program in that it explicitly focuses on empowering teens as community leaders. It''s about empowerment and community leadership through art and history. Watching these teens do their work has expanded my thinking on the issue of scale.

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Symantec Donation Safeguards Computer Labs for Students

Tech Soup Blog

is a nonprofit educational and vocational training organization that has been working with local at-risk populations since 2009. It aims to provide a gateway towards empowerment, educational, and employment opportunities to lead a fulfilling, prosperous, and purposeful life. Smooth Transition began working to reach at-risk teens early — before they dropped out of high school or left the foster care system.

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How Cross-Sector Collaboration is Helping Fight Youth Unemployment in Boston

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Have you interacted with your local government, or spoken to your peers about their programs? Do you have a pulse on what the most pressing local needs are at this moment? What about local nonprofits or community foundations; do you know who to reach out to if needed? This could mean getting aid after a disaster to those that need it by working directly with a local community foundation or addressing a significant need in your community.

Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

Our Time (Facebook) is a nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment through the voting process. Teen Book Finder (iOS), developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), helps teens, parents, teachers, and librarians find the best books and media for teens. You can also create a special reading list, locate books in your local library, and share what you're reading with friends over social media.

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Meditations on Relevance, Part 3: Who Decides What's Relevant?

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Here are two examples: Our Youth Programs Manager, Emily Hope Dobkin, wanted to find a way to support teens at the museum. Emily started by honing in on local teens' assets: creativity, activist energy, desire to make a difference, desire to be heard, free time in the afternoon. She surveyed existing local programs. The most successful programs fostered youth empowerment and community leadership in various content areas: agriculture, technology, healing.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

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One of the nonprofits that inspires me locally here in Santa Cruz is a youth empowerment and food justice organization called "Food, What!?" FoodWhat's staff and teens have taught me a lot about what it really means to be relevant to people who are often overlooked or ignored. FoodWhat empowers teens to change their lives through farming and food justice. When Doron visits schools to invite teens to apply for FoodWhat, he gives a five-minute pitch on their terms.

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Caravan Studios Showcases Diverse Apps for Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

Focusing in on Local Issues. The city's OpenData goals are to improve city services for residents and businesses, produce jobs, enhance economic opportunities, and increase resident engagement and empowerment. Bedsider was started as support network operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. From fracking to birth control, food ingredients to encryption, seven apps were featured in the Apps4Change event.