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G.A.P. Curriculum Workshops

G.A.P. Curriculum Workshops

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GLOBAL ACTION PROJECT
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hen   Global Action Project (G.A.P.) wasfounded in 1991, it was one of a handful ofgroups working to engage young people inusing media as a way to actively participatein the world around them. Since then, G.A.P.has connected with many hundreds of youthwho have made media in order to inspire dia-logue and change. Our mission is to work withyoung people most affected by injustice tobuild the knowledge, tools, and relationshipsneeded to create media for community power,cultural expression, and political change.Youth media practitioners often describe it asa way to give voice to young people.  We gofurther than this.  G.A.P.’s approach to mediaproduction and analysis cultivates young peo-ple’s “critical literacy”their capacity to inter-act with the world as thinkers, learners, andproducersby engaging them in a process ofanalysis, interpretation, reflection, and a “re-writing” of what is “read.” Young people usestorytelling to challenge dominant narrativesand write new histories. In this way, powerfulsocial justice media is far more than a mega-phone for a young personit’s a way to makethe world a better place.Rewriting the story starts with an understand-ing of the forces that shaped it in the first place. Our curriculum fosters this understanding byhelping young people identify the root caus-es of the challenges their communities face.When they grasp this, they have a much broadercontext for their inquiry, messaging, debate, andproduction. It can also galvanize young people’screative and collective energy toward becomingeffective social actors with powerful analyticaland creative tools.And this is why G.A.P.’s media arts workshopsenable young people to move beyond a simpleidentification of social issues, beyond seeingthe symptoms, to a deeper inquiry and inspi-ration to make media that will have an impact. At the same time, they develop as individuals– informed and engaged members of the worldaround them.
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CURRICULUM WORKSHOP SERIES
“Young people’s work that focuses on individual learning and development,rather than on changing their surrounding, is not real participationparticipa-tion should not only give young people more control over their own lives and experiences but should also grant them real influence over issues that are cru-cial to the quality of life and justice in their communities.” – Mullahey, Susskind & Checkoway (1999)
GAP YOUTH  AT A RALLY
 
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Our Approach
G.A.P. brings youth development and social justice together by supporting young people as theycollaboratively produce original media. We structure all projects around this process. The core val-ues that inform our approach are:•  A holistic approach to the healthy development of youth. A young person’s individual growthis inseparable from her critical awareness of the social and political worlds around her as wellas her sense of agency in her community.•  Recognizing young people as agents of social change.  Young people have the ability and desire to challenge systemic oppressions to bring about social justice.•  Popular education methodology. We value a teaching and learning process that allows youthand adults to experience the power of collective knowledge-building.•  Political education that promotes liberation, so that everyday people, rather than an elite few,control resources and the cultural discourse.•  Using high-quality and compelling works of media to foster young people’s agency as well aslarger social, political and cultural change. A collective creative process that fosters inclusiveness.supports group problem-solving, and parallels our social vision of equitable power distribution.These values come together at theintersection of media-making, po-litical education and youth devel-opment, and are reflected in thedesign of our programs as well asthe media that young people make.It’s why we use a popular educationapproach, engage youth in a collab-orative, collective experience, andencourage dialogue, team-workand leadership. We also make sureto have a lot of fun.
Who should use the curriculum
This collection of workshops comesout of G.A.P.’s programs, and wehave geared it to educators (both inand outside of school), organizersand facilitators working with youngpeople (between the ages of 14-21) who are adversely affected bystructural, institutional and culturaloppressions. We hope that it canbe of use to those already engagedin movement-building and seekingways to creatively and effectivelybring young people into the mix asmedia-makers.
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