Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Civic Engagement through Social Media webinar for high school students

I just found out about an interesting webinar, "Civic Engagement through Social Media" happening tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 11, 10 AM PDT (Los Angeles, CA time)) and wanted to spread the word. Not sure if any of you in London will be able to watch, but if my calculations are correct, you can check it out online at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 11 London time.

The goal of the panel is both to show examples of civic engagement through social media, and to issue a call of action for students to become more informed and proactive citizens as they engage in social media, making positive changes in their schools, communities, and potentially in the world.

More information about this interesting webinar is below:

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation cordially invites you to participate in Civic Engagement through Social Media at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

Panelists will examine the many positive uses of social media, especially as a tool to promote civic engagement. We will look at the role of social media in politics, social entrepreneurship, voluntarism, and activism.

The goal of the panel is both to show examples of civic engagement through social media, and to issue a call of action for students to become more informed and proactive citizens as they engage in social media, making positive changes in their schools, communities, and potentially in the world.

This panel of innovative leaders who have harnessed social media to help improve society will include:

· Kristen Cambell, the Director of Programs and New Media, National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), reaches out to the millennial generation using social media to promote and highlight civic engagement. NCoC is a congressionally chartered non-profit responsible for the publication of the annual Civic Health Index.

· Akili Lee, Founding Director of the Digital Youth Network, current Director of Digital Strategy and Development, and the creator of the iRemix Platformis focused on innovating new digital learning tools and supporting youth focused organizations develop models for successfully integrating digital media as a way to increase engagement and effectiveness.

· Melissa Helmbrecht, the Chair and CEO of Splashlife, credits transforming her life by serving others. Melissa also founded Champions of Hope, a youth-focused nonprofit organization. In less than one year, she grew the organization from a startup with two volunteers to a global organization with 100+ strategic partners and 650,000 youth participants.

· Andrew Slack, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance, which uses parallels from the Harry Potter series to inspire more than 100,000 Harry Potter fans to act as heroes in our world.

Join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter. #APLC. Tune in here, tomorrow, to watch it live: http://bitly.com/APLCwebcast


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