Youth, Media, and Educational Justice is a joint initiative between Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York County/Manhattan Family Court. The goals of this collaboration are threefold:
- to create opportunities to nurture the wellbeing of youth in foster care and juvenile justice using collaborative mentoring and innovative educational approaches;
- to create multimedia narratives that promote greater awareness about issues affecting the lives of court-involved youth among educators, social workers, researchers, lawmakers, and communities;
- to study and support the transition of court-involved youth into productive citizenship and adulthood.
This multi-faceted project aims to provide a participatory approach to the study and support of the educational experiences of adolescents in foster care and juvenile justice in New York City. Through the support of a Teachers College Provost Investment Fund Grant, we have begun to build on our exploratory phase of this work undertaken during 2012-2013. As a project team, we are committed to bringing innovative pedagogic and research practices together to create meaningful, educationally-focused, mentoring experiences for the youth, most immediately in collaboration with graduate student mentors who will participate in a yearlong seminar titled “Youth, Media, and Educational Justice” that is being offered at Teachers College as a yearlong, participatory learning seminar.
Tara Conley: doctoral student, CCTE, Teachers College, Columbia University
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr: doctoral student, CCTE, Teachers College, Columbia University
Joe Riina-Ferrie: doctoral student, CCTE, Teachers College, Columbia University
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: Assistant Professor of English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Lalitha Vasudevan: Associate Professor of Technology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Melissa Wade: Court Improvement Project Liaison, New York County Family Court
Teachers College, Provost’s Investment Fund Grant (2011-2013)
Teachers College, Vice President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives (2013-2014 – with NYREN)
Lalitha Vasudevan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Wade: email@example.com