HERE-IN-OUR MOTIVES EVOLVE INC Overview
Target demographics: HOME, Inc. partners with inner city public schools and provides an on sight media teacher/ media lab coordinator to develop classes and run after school lab workshops in 11 schools in Boston and Somerville reaching over 1,500 each semester and works with residents at the Madison Park Development Corporation’s Timothy Smith Network Public Internet Center. HOME, Inc manages media labs that typically include 25 media capable computers, software, cameras and recording equipment. We have curriculum and web based project management tools to coordinate summer media projects with up to 15 teens at each site that participate in community service by producing media on issues that are important to teens and the community in a magazine style television program called Teen TV.
The Teen TV Program engages teens in 21st Century skills: developing research, writing, and technical skills and in using computers for graphic design, video editing, web page design, blog writing, multi media authoring and production. The teens will be participating in service learning that explores the role that media plays in their lives, how to use media to make a difference in their community and they will partiipate in at least two field trips to media outlets and production facilities for career exploration as part of the program.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Act as a host or assistant at our conference. Spend time as a volunteer in a media class, organize and chaperon on a field trip.
2009 is the year of HOME’s biennial media literacy conference at MIT. This was a unique opportunity for professional development for our partnering Boston schools that received free admission to the conference. The conference program included nationally recognized leaders in the field and great examples of best practices together with networking opportunities. More details can be found at the conference podcast page at http://www.homeinc.org/2009podcasts.htm
Over the past year, HOME, Inc. conducted a pilot study based on a sample of 18 of our students tracked over three years. We measured student success in media literacy/media creation in correlation with other high school subject areas. Our study suggests our program has a profound impact on the academic performance of those students who are involved. The GPAs (Grade Point Averages) of those involved in the program have increased by nearly one whole grade level during the course of the first year. Students involved in the program, also received grades in the language section of the MCAS that were 25% better than their peers, overall. In addition there was a 5% increase in MCAS scores among those who were in the program for two years as opposed to those who completed the first year. Most promising, and perhaps the main reason for these increases, is improved school attendance. Students involved in the program showed an increase in attendance of 20% between the previous year and the end of the first year of the program. Based on this small, pilot study we have reason to expect students to improve in statistically significant ways .
“My students are energized and motivated by their media projects and the work they are doing with HOME, Inc. The window is open to the larger world and my students can see how they can participate”-Katie Linso, Media and Language Arts Teacher, Brighton High School.
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