Applying Digital and Social Media with Disadvantaged Young People

Igniting Youth’s ideas

Timeframe: February 2013- September 2013

"Igniting Youth's Ideas" is a web-based project competition for recipients of the Access Mircoscholarship Program across Viet Nam to learn about teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and how to use the media and internet safely and effectively to research information and share their views and solutions on community issues. Access teams will create and develop contents (video clips, articles…) for a website/blog about their views and ideas for solving issues in their school or local community and suggesting solutions. Project achievements: 3 two-day-training courses were organized for Access students in corporation with local English Centers in Hanoi, Hung Yen and Vinh. Nearly 100 students joined the trainings. 30 ideas submitted in the Media and Internet Literacy includes facebook application, blogs, videos and photos via which the students promote one social issue in their regions such as the preciousness of brother and sisterhood, discrimination of HIV patients, concept of LGBT and promoting environmental awareness and actions among youth. Many products did draw attention of public audience via online platform.

PhotoVoice

Capacity building for young people on participation in education and development.

Timeframe: October 2012 – March 2013

PhotoVoice is an innovative and engaging project that uses participatory methods to involve children in rights-based community development. Children in regional areas were assisted by young people from urban areas to produce over 140 photos and stories which represented their feelings and any difficulties they may be experiencing with learning and studying. By participating in the program regional children, as well as the young facilitators from urban areas, developed an understanding about their rights, children’s participation, basic photography skills and how to express their thoughts and feelings. Project achievements: 2 day training course, 2 day field trip on child rights and child participation for 24 youth in 3 regions. 2 x 2 day training course, for 54 children in Taphin, Dak Som, Bac Ai on basic skills in photography and child participation knowledge. 3 sets of photos with 140 photo in total with captions written by children in 3 regions in 3 themes : What do you learn from/ Difficulties in your learning/What do you expect to improve?