On Friday, October 28, the LT Media Lab (LTML), University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development (CYD), and Youthprise welcomed Dr. Nichole Pinkard for the Inquiry to Impact Symposium. Dr. Pinkard’s presentation was titled, “Digital Youth Network: Developing 21st Century Learners Through the Integration of Overlapping Affinity Spaces.” She discussed two programs that she co-founded in Chicago geared towards fostering digital literacies in teens – the Digital Youth Network and YOUmedia.
Following the presentation, a panel discussion, moderated by Joyce Walker (CYD), was held with panelists representing stake holders from both formal and non-formal learning spaces interested in youth and media production. The panelists included Nichole Pinkard, Cynthia Lewis (CI), Cassie Scharber (LTML), Kevin Kalla (Saint Paul Neighborhood Network), and Mercedes Thomas (The Learning Branch). Youth workers, teachers, and researchers from around the Twin Cities joined the symposium, providing the groundwork for increased communication and potential collaborations between schools and youth programs.
The recorded version of this event can be seen on the following link: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/training-events/events/digital-youth-network.html