Equip Children to Safely and Expertly Thrive
Educate students to help them discover their purpose and achieve their potential.
Students are exposed to more social media at increasingly younger ages. A recent article by the Mayo Clinic cited a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 13- to 17-year-olds that found 45% of them are almost constantly online, with 97% using some type of social media platform. Many children are thrust into the digital world completely unprepared for the bullying, anxiety, social pressure, and stress that often accompanies an anonymous online community.
A digital media lab will provide awareness of the potential dangers in the digital world, coupled with training to responsibly and safely thrive in the digital world. The lab will provide important social and technical skillsets designed to enable children and young people to adopt good boundaries, develop proper online etiquette, and engage in healthy and affirming uses of digital media. Students will learn the technical aspects of content creation, digital publishing, and which social media platforms are best for communicating and engagin
A robust digital media lab requires technology, curriculum, staffing, and infrastructure to be successful. Most of the $25,000 grant will be invested in equipment that will enable students to create interactive, captivating digital content. This includes graphics computers with large display monitors, high-speed graphics processors, and large amounts of storage. In addition to the physical equipment, software is needed for digital content creation, animation, video editing, and final project rendering.
Remaining funds will be used to purchase and develop digital curriculum to use in the lab each semester to educate and train students, and to retain a digital media specialist as the instructor for classes that will be available to 3rd – 8th grade children.
The grant-funded digital media lab and curriculum implemented will serve 300+ students in our community for the next 3-5 years. As the program develops and expands, we see this lab reaching beyond current students to support our community with after-school and summer programs. The capital investment required in the equipment, software, and curriculum is the largest barrier to launching this critical program in our community. Obtaining a grant from State Farm would enable us to immediately develop and launch this program and begin offering this crucial training to children in the fall semester.