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Tucsonan helps youth find their voices

April 19, 2013

I saw this article today and thought about how it exemplifies the values of Positive Youth Development, by developing programing with youth…. co-creating. Excellent stuff!!! Here’s the intro to the article to pique your interest.

ImageIt’s a big deal when any organization wins a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. In November, Pima County Public Library learned that it did just that, receiving $100,000 from the foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to design a mobile media lab, youth media space downtown and online youth digital media-arts community in Pima County. PCPL is one of only 12 museums or libraries in the country to receive this prestigious grant. The library also will offer three summer programs for middle and high school students.

Behind the scenes in procuring funds for programs to help Tucson youth is Josh Schachter, 42, a photographer, visual storyteller, educator and community activist who holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University.

“The inspiration for the work I do, with values around social justice, environmental protection and art, is my Jewish grandmother. She spoke her mind and painted till she was 97,” says Schachter. “I did digital storytelling around her. I didn’t know my own history and I learned a lot about being Jewish from her. [I discovered that she] was discriminated against in nursing school for being Jewish in the 1930s in New York.” Click for the rest of the article.

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