Departures - Youth Voices
Youth Voices is...

A digital literacy and civic engagement program that invites youth on an exploration of their neighborhood, where they investigate the social, cultural, and political history and take a critical look at the issues facing their community.  Students are encouraged and provided opportunities to become leaders and advocates for their community. advertisement

Education Notes


Youth Voices works with educational partners in the communities where Departures is developing a new installment. We work in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings to offer local youth digital media and civic engagement opportunities.

1. Exploration
Students use their own experiences and understanding of their neighborhood to begin exploring issues, investigating solutions and advocating for their community.
2. Making Connections
Students identify the connections they have with their community.
3. Mapping
Students map their neighborhood story.
4. Investigation
Student teams initiate and lead a plan to improve an aspect of their neighborhood.
5. Outreach
Student teams explore different methods to collaborate with their community to define and promote their cause.
6. Seeking Solutions
Student teams pool together the shared experiences of their neighbors and the knowledge of community experts to identify possible solutions for their cause.
7. Compiling the Evidence
Student teams gather their evidence together to devise their advocacy plan.
8. Building the Message
Student teams build a narrative that advocates for their cause and solution.
9. Leaving a Lasting Mark
The student teams finalize their projects and present their work to the community.