If you are wondering what is planned for this year Redo learning days festival In southwestern Pennsylvania, a unique team of young reporters can’t wait to tell you: Meet the 2022 Remake Learning Days (RLD) Young Ambassadors.
Sixteen Pittsburgh-area high school students joined this year’s RLD Youth Ambassador Program. In the weeks to come, the young ambassadors of the RLD will be post videosaudio recordings and blog entries about the Remake Learning Days events that most interest them.
These publications will make it easier for families in the area to find events to attend. But the program, funded by a grant from American Eagle, does more than just help raise awareness of the hundreds of hands-on learning events scheduled for May 12-23 in southwestern Pennsylvania and Virginia- Western.
By producing their own content to share their personal insights, these students will put into practice some of the most important goals of the Remake Learning Days festival:
Along with the arts, maker learning, outdoor learning, science and technology, youth voices have been a central theme at Remake Learning Days Across America since the festival launched in 2016.
This year, local events in the Pittsburgh area include a interactive songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter INES at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. This free, in-person event is designed to help teen and young adult singers, poets, and rappers develop their approach to songwriting so they can better connect with listeners and audiences.
Much like this event, the Youth Ambassador Program is “all about an authentic voice,” says Larry Berger, Executive Director of Radio SLB and an organizer of RLD’s Young Ambassadors Program.
When the ambassadors gathered for a launch event on March 22 at SLB Radio’s newly renovated studios inside the Children’s MuseumBerger explained that while they will receive plenty of advice and encouragement, the goal is for them to speak up honestly and voice their opinions.
“We tried to give you enough constraints to get you started and to help you know how to finish, which are usually the hardest parts,” Berger told the Ambassadors. “But just enough constraints in which you can be creative.”
Hands-on learning during remake learning days
Students will use their own smartphones as well as the equipment available at SLB Radio to record video and audio. At the launch event, they also received Reporters’ Notebooks – small rectangular spiral notebooks perfect for jotting down quotes and ideas – to use when attending events.
Gateway High School junior Riley Kirk says she is excited to develop new skills, including video production. “I’ve never done anything with videos before. It’s mostly written,” says Kirk. “So it’s definitely outside my comfort zone. It’s a new challenge.
Sienna Stern, a freshman at Oakland Catholic, feels the same way: “I hope to get out of my comfort zone in my writing,” she says, “and have a good experience.”
Learning beyond school walls
Several of this year’s Ambassadors say they are particularly excited to attend in-person learning events as participants and as reporters. It’s a way to extend their learning to the community.
Michael Matthews, a junior from Franklin Regional High School, says he looks forward to attending music-related events and learning more about the arts happening around Pittsburgh.
Lakshmi Andraca, a freshman at Bethel Park High School, plans to explore a wide range of events: “I think I’ll just try to mix a bunch of things together,” she says. “Maybe art, maybe outside.”
Be ready for a career
Some of this year’s ambassadors, like Lance Wilhelm, a senior at Fox Chapel Area High School, already have plans to pursue careers in journalism. Wilhelm worked on broadcast projects at SLB Radio throughout high school and will begin studying journalism at Northwestern University this fall.
The experience working on ambassador reports can help prepare him for college and beyond.
Morgan McCray, a senior at Oakland Catholic High School, is also a veteran member of the SLB Radio team. “I love working with the different programs offered by SLB because it allows me to meet new students,” she says, “but also allows me to get out of my comfort zone and really work on a lot of interesting and exciting projects. attend events. , and have a great time streaming.
She envisions a career related to government and politics, so the opportunity to report on community events and discover local learning resources is also invaluable to her.
For the whole group, however, another benefit is connection. When they came together for the program launch event, several students said they were happy to meet in person and form friendships outside of their own schools.
At kick-off, they also had the opportunity to speak with the Remake Learning Days team and reminisce about how many adults are supporting them as they move forward into their future.
“One of our goals is to start a conversation about the future of learning. What is innovative? What makes sense to you? What does it mean to be ready for a career?” Remake Learning Days co-producer Yu-Ling Cheng told the students. product, and you know what you need. And that’s why we created the Youth Ambassador Program: to raise your voice.”
This year’s Remake Learning Days festival runs from May 12-23, and virtual events are now running through May 23 across the country! Click here for more information.