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Friday, October 7 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Making Waves: Getting in the flow to build, design, and solve for youth engagement

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Today’s youth need more agency over their learning than ever before, yet intentional connecting learning opportunities remain elusive.  This session profiles three unique youth engagement programs that are rapidly evolving to produce platforms that allow youth to control both program outcomes and career trajectories.

Learn how a Science Center in the middle of the country is BUILDing an agriculture exhibit that is interest-powered.  Understand how a Presidential Foundation on the west coast has DESIGNed an experiential and academically-oriented national leadership development program in Washington, DC. Examine how a University Newsroom is researching and trying to SOLVE the national issue of ethical journalism in the face of digital media.  Hard to imagine the connection?  It’s because we need to reimagine how young people learn.  

LET’S BUILD: The Saint Louis Science Center is building a multi-million dollar indoor/outdoor agriculture exhibition that incorporates youth in its program design, interpretation, and the operation of an onsite greenhouse and hydroponics lab focused on urban agriculture. Addressing the issue of food deserts in St. Louis as part of the Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program, teens are able to cultivate DIY agriculture and create their own mini farmers markets. They also engage their peers from across the city at community recreation centers using a mentor-based model for learning.

LET’S DESIGN: Real History. Real Leaders. Real World.  The Reagan Foundation is designing an experiential university course, Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP).  Reaching outside the traditional scope of museum education, LTAP is situated in the nation’s capital and aims to develop student leaders through the hallmark lens of the Presidential Leadership Journey.  Paralleling the leadership development journey of young people, LTAP utilizes historical sites, prominent speakers, reflective practice, and authentic real-world assessment.    - LTAP isn’t just designed for young people. It is designed with youth people.  Students are empowered as co-creators, leveraging their peer-supported network to ensure the program honors their learning interests, and prepares them for success in civic life.

LET’S SOLVE: Student newsrooms were traditionally spaces for students to learn storytelling using words, images and creative design. But nothing about journalism is as it once was, including ethics. As news has migrated to a digital platform supported by the legs of social media, student journalists are truly becoming story nomads. These nomads follow a story with passion and conviction with less need for a physical space to learn and share. However, their ethics, too, may be left wandering. Rather than blame technology, the Pepperdine University student newsroom is seeking to use social media to increase and create an innovative and dynamic system of media ethics. More importantly storytelling on social media platforms can create ethical journalism providing stories of hope and solutions.

CONNECTED: The panelists are practitioner-scholars who share learning from Pepperdine’s Education Technology Doctoral Program and a commitment to social learning, equity of opportunity, and theory-driven youth participation.  The learning landscape for youth is evolving rapidly and providers of youth learning opportunities will learn creative ways to link them together in cohesive ways.

Friday October 7, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Emerald Bay A