Positive Media’s youth project, Keiki Voices, has been contracted to teach media skills in Honolulu public schools for the 2013-14 school year with a generous grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) fund.
This Federal program is a key component of the “No Child Left Behind” Act and supports academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend low-performing schools. It is administered locally by the Hawaii State Department of Education.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs.
“There are 15.1 million children who are unsupervised for the after school hours between 3pm and 6pm. These hours can be a time for trouble or a time for kids to learn new skills, develop relationships with caring adults and prepare for the future.” – Afterschool Alliance
Keiki Voices workshops can be adjusted to accommodate any format. For this grant, I designed an 8 week curriculum that fits the afterschool environment. I take the students through the journey of brainstorming ideas, translating them into storyboards and scripts, learning how to create moods with different shot types and sound effects, and producing a final video project together as a team. I will publish this curriculum in the Positive Media Good News blog, so make sure and subscribe!