Project:Connect – Summer Youth Programming Competition

Project:Connect – Summer Youth Programming Competition
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:00am

PROJECT:CONNECT - Summer Youth Programming

The Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition supports single or multi-day participatory and hands-on learning experiences (labs, hackathons, pop-up events) to be held at U.S.-based organizations from July-September, 2013. Workshops or hackathons will support youth working with peers, mentors, and educators on learning and creating experiences toward a better web for all. Based on the principles of Connected Learning—learning that is equitable, social, and participatory—Project:Connect Summer Youth Programs will give young people hands-on experience creating, testing, and investigating ways to make using the web a better place to learn, connect, make, contribute, and share.

Deadline: Online applications are due June 10, 2013, at 5pm PST. How to apply.

Timeline: Project:Connect-Youth Summer Programs will be held July-September, 2013. Full timeline.

Awards: Up to $10,000 per institution (winners to be announced in early July)

Who is eligible to apply: U.S.-based non-profit learning development and civic engagement institutions and organizations (including learning development organizations such as museums, libraries, after school and summer programs). Additional eligibility requirements.

Winning proposals will create:

  • Social Tools for Social Good – Enabling people to create a culture of kindness, respect, and safety that enhances civic participation for youth.
  • Social Tools that Enable Control of Information – Helping youth understand how to control their information, and manage privacy and security.
  • Social Tools that Enable Literacy – Helping youth build, access, and understand the web in ways that support interest-driven learning, and empower learners to connect in safe ways with resources, mentors, and peers.

Program participants may design or create:

  • Social apps – Create apps, including mobile apps, that promote and enable civic engagement with peers, community building, and kindness to others.
  • Badging programs – Create apps, including mobile apps, that leverage badging and other recognition and feedback methods to inspire youth to develop civic engagement with peers and community building in connected, cooperative, collaborative, safe, and respectful ways.
  • Learning content – Create learning content, curricula, media promotions, and other approaches about how to foster a more engaged, egalitarian, safe, and sharing internet.

Project:Connect Summer Youth Programs may include:

  • Hackathons, that involve youth in connection with mentoring developers and educators in designing, prototyping, and/or coding software; or developing learning programs that promote a better web for learning through connecting and connecting through learning.
  • Digital learning labs, that provide hands-on experience using digital tools for connecting safely, collaborating purposefully, and communicating effectively via the web.
  • Testing labs, that involve young people in evaluating software and online learning programs that promote good web citizenship, or a better web for learning and sharing.
  • Mentoring or leadership workshops, that identify potential peer instructors and mentors, and provide them with opportunities to learn how to support and mentor others effectively and respectfully in web-based connected learning programs and applications.
  • Journalism and communications labs, where young people – acting as reporters, bloggers, and podcasters – participate in the creation of public media that engages questions of equity, good citizenship, privacy, collaboration, and sharing on the web.
  • Badge development workshops, that provide youth with the tools to develop badges for recognizing and rewarding effective digital citizenship, promoting privacy, effective web participation, and connected learning opportunities.

Judging Criteria

Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition proposals will be evaluated for their potential -

  • to actively contribute to the the goal of a more equitable, social, safe, and participatory web for all, through the development or testing of new digital tools and learning programs;
  • to bridge social and cultural differences by providing youth with opportunities to learn from and with one another in supportive ways;
  • to provide participatory and hands-on making and learning experiences based on the principles of Connected Learning; and
  • to support online programs and applications that support privacy and diverse and respectful lifestyles and opinions.


Awardees will be invited to attend joint online webinars in preparation for their awarded events. Webinars will discuss mentoring for the respective programming, post-event activities around the program themes for youth participants, and ongoing web networking for youth participants to make, test, and apply apps concerned with promoting effective digital citizenship, safety, and privacy (with parental/guardian input) for awarded and non-awarded participants alike.

All awarded programs will be considered part of and networked with the Summer of Making and Connecting programs.

Public Outreach

All participating institutions will be asked to document the event and its outcomes in a public way. While organizations and individuals retain creative rights for work created in or for the program, participants will also be encouraged to document and share learning materials, media, and digital tools developed at “Project:Connect” events. The material will be displayed on the Family Online Safety Institute’s website A Platform for Good.

Participating organizations may be also asked to contribute to public outreach for MacArthur’s broader Project:Connect campaign, in support of creating a more equitable, social, and participatory web.

Born Brave Bus

The Born This Way Foundation supports the Born Brave Bus enabling creative programming for youth to promote learning together through play, to build a kinder, braver, and safer web world, and to share stories by youth of their approaches to making for dynamic connected learning environments and a safer, braver web world.

The Born Brave Bus will be available to travel to sites of some of the awarded proposals in the Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition, to supplement proposed activities supported by a Competition award. The Born Brave Bus is designed to engage each visitor up to 30 minutes with interactive experiences encouraging kindness and safety by and for youth in their connected worlds.

If you are interested in the Born Brave Bus being part of your proposed summer Project:Connect-Summer Youth Program activities, you will have an opportunity in your online application to convey this.

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