Project:Connect – Summer Youth Programming Competition
An opportunity and a challenge
The web is an open ended laboratory for connected learning and creating. It has made possible anywhere-anytime learning for all generations, and especially for youth, in ways previously unimaginable. It promotes interest driven learning with and from peers.
These dramatic developments in connected learning opportunities raise the challenge of digital citizenship:
- to use the web and its resources well and safely;
- to interact collaboratively with peers and across generations in productive ways;
- to put web resources and networks to good civic purpose;
- to advocate for effective and equitable web solutions to social problems; and
- to develop web-based skills for productive purposes.
Project:Connect and the Connected Learning movement
The Connected Learning movement is meeting these challenges by helping make it easier for youth to learn, connect, make, contribute, and share online. And it calls on and encourages youth to become creators and stewards of an open, inviting, and safe web.
The Digital Media and Learning Competition, administered by HASTAC and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, and in collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation and Mozilla, is calling for proposals that offer youth a chance to “Project:Connect” this summer. The Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition for U.S. based organizations that support learning, youth development and civic engagement calls for Summer event and programming proposals to excite and enable youth to engage the web in civil, collaborative, productive, safe, and confidence-building ways.
A related Project:Connect – Open International Competition will be announced over the summer 2013. Details about the competition will be posted on dmlcompetition.net.
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Online applications are due June 10, 2013, at 5pm PST. How to apply.
Timeline: Project:Connect-Youth Summer Programs will be held July-September, 2013. Full timeline.
Awards: Up to $10,000 per institution; winners to be announced in early July 2013.
Who is eligible to apply: U.S.-based non-profit learning development and civic engagement institutions and organizations (including learning development organizations such as museums, libraries, after school and summer programs). Additional eligibility requirements.
Winning proposals will create:
- Social Tools for Social Good – Enabling people to create a culture of kindness, respect, and safety that enhances civic participation for youth.
- Social Tools that Enable Control of Information – Helping youth understand how to control their information, and manage privacy and security.
- Social Tools that Enable Literacy – Helping youth build, access, and understand the web in ways that support interest-driven learning, and empower learners to connect in safe ways with resources, mentors, and peers.
Program participants may design or create:
- Social apps – Create apps, including mobile apps, that promote and enable civic engagement with peers, community building, and kindness to others.
- Badging programs – Create apps, including mobile apps, that leverage badging and other recognition and feedback methods to inspire youth to develop civic engagement with peers and community building in connected, cooperative, collaborative, safe, and respectful ways.
- Learning content – Create learning content, curricula, media promotions, and other approaches about how to foster a more engaged, egalitarian, safe, and sharing internet.
Project:Connect Summer Youth Programs may include:
- Hackathons, that involve youth in connection with mentoring developers and educators in designing, prototyping, and/or coding software; or developing learning programs that promote a better web for learning through connecting and connecting through learning.
- Digital learning labs, that provide hands-on experience using digital tools for connecting safely, collaborating purposefully, and communicating effectively via the web.
- Testing labs, that involve young people in evaluating software and online learning programs that promote good web citizenship, or a better web for learning and sharing.
- Mentoring or leadership workshops, that identify potential peer instructors and mentors, and provide them with opportunities to learn how to support and mentor others effectively and respectfully in web-based connected learning programs and applications.
- Journalism and communications labs, where young people – acting as reporters, bloggers, and podcasters – participate in the creation of public media that engages questions of equity, good citizenship, privacy, collaboration, and sharing on the web.
- Badge development workshops, that provide youth with the tools to develop badges for recognizing and rewarding effective digital citizenship, promoting privacy, effective web participation, and connected learning opportunities.
Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition proposals will be evaluated for their potential -
- to actively contribute to the the goal of a more equitable, social, safe, and participatory web for all, through the development or testing of new digital tools and learning programs;
- to bridge social and cultural differences by providing youth with opportunities to learn from and with one another in supportive ways;
- to provide participatory and hands-on making and learning experiences based on the principles of Connected Learning; and
- to support online programs and applications that support privacy and diverse and respectful lifestyles and opinions.
Awardees will be invited to attend joint online webinars in preparation for their awarded events. Webinars will discuss mentoring for the respective programming, post-event activities around the program themes for youth participants, and ongoing web networking for youth participants to make, test, and apply apps concerned with promoting effective digital citizenship, safety, and privacy (with parental/guardian input) for awarded and non-awarded participants alike.
All awarded programs will be considered part of and networked with the Summer of Making and Connecting programs.
All participating institutions will be asked to document the event and its outcomes in a public way. While organizations and individuals retain creative rights for work created in or for the program, participants will also be encouraged to document and share learning materials, media, and digital tools developed at “Project:Connect” events. The material will be displayed on the Family Online Safety Institute’s website A Platform for Good.
Participating organizations may be also asked to contribute to public outreach for MacArthur’s broader Project:Connect campaign, in support of creating a more equitable, social, and participatory web.
Born Brave Bus
The Born This Way Foundation supports the Born Brave Bus enabling creative programming for youth to promote learning together through play, to build a kinder, braver, and safer web world, and to share stories by youth of their approaches to making for dynamic connected learning environments and a safer, braver web world.
The Born Brave Bus will be available to travel to sites of some of the awarded proposals in the Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition, to supplement proposed activities supported by a Competition award. The Born Brave Bus is designed to engage each visitor up to 30 minutes with interactive experiences encouraging kindness and safety by and for youth in their connected worlds.
If you are interested in the Born Brave Bus being part of your proposed summer Project:Connect-Summer Youth Program activities, you will have an opportunity in your online application to convey this.