True Kids 1 & Civic Media
Civic Media can be understood as the ability to use media to facilitate communication addressing the realities, issues, and goals of communities to achieve internal and/or external change.
Civic Media is central to TK1’s work with youth. This page features civic media in action at our recent summer camp.
Interviewing NM Rep. Kristina Ortez
“It was really fun to do the interview with Representative Ortez and to hear the point of view of a legislator on topics we think are important. The actual interview was kind of nerve-wracking, trying to apply our interview skills and come up with follow-up questions on the spot. I appreciated how she could connect and find common ground with kids. This is probably because she has her own kids and knows how to relate to young people. I also really liked how powerful she was during the photoshoot. She showed a lot of confidence and good energy.”
— Emmasofia (age 12) – TK1 photojournalism camper
TRUE KIDS 1 STUDENT PROJECTS
“The Hum Magazine held its first summer intensive with True Kids 1 and The Taos HIVE. During this two-week journalism intensive, students gained the knowledge and hands-on experience of what it takes to bring an idea into publication. “
-Sorché Morgan, creator and editor of HUM
“As a Junior Mentor for the True Kids 1 journalism camp, I learned so much about what goes into making a magazine and writing a good article. The most enjoyable part of the camp for me, was going into the Hum studio and conducting photoshoots and interviews. I can’t deny that it felt pretty good to have 6 people take my photo at once. I loved helping conduct the interviews. It helped me understand how to ask good and interesting questions and how to come up with follow-up questions on the spot. I think the camp, when it came to writing, helped the kids get used to having deadlines. That is an important skill that they are going to need to develop. The first week, the kids were super nervous about conducting their interviews for their articles. However, by the second week they were naturals at conducting interviews. This camp not only gave me experience in helping kids, but also gave me experience in writing, photography, and conducting interviews.”
Anakaela Trujillo – Junior Mentor
“This summer UNM-Taos HIVE collaborated with Trukids1 to launch a summer series in Videography, Journalism and Theater. The development of creative skill building is key to the developmental process of our young adults. As I observed the youth participate in the various sessions, they were demonstrating skills of engagement, creativity, team building, and exploration. Truekids1 allows the opportunity for our youth to explore, dream, and imagine new possibilities. An exceptional program that inspires the development of creative thinking skills of our most precious resource, our youth.”
Rose Reza – Executive Director at Taos Hive – Hub of Internet Based Vocation and Education
“I’ve been working closely with True Kids 1 since my sophomore year of high school. I stayed with the program over the years and am now a Junior Mentor. Most recently, June 8-11, I had the opportunity to work with a group of youth to assist them in making short films that they wrote, acted, directed, shot and edited. It’s amazing to think that I’ve come far enough to be a mentor; to get paid for doing something that I think is so fun and educational. My time with TK1 has been quite the rewarding experience, and I plan on continuing to work with the organization for years to come.”
Jeremy Duran – Junior Mentor
“I am so grateful for the work of True Kids 1 to educate the next generation of young leaders in Taos in media literacy and critical job skills. When I stepped into the room for my interview, I was immediately impressed by the professional atmosphere. The young people were so engaging and they asked really really informed and tough questions. I just wish my own children could have participated in this camp!”
NM State Representative District 42 Kristina Ortez (photo by TK1 campers)
“The work True Kids 1 does with our Taos area youth is truly extraordinary, especially in terms of equity, access, and removing barriers to high-quality educational experiences. All too often, educational technology is used in its lowest forms – for remediation, rote learning, and skill-and-drill – particularly among students from economically disadvantaged families and for students of color. Providing these youth with high-impact, hands-on, creative and engaging learning opportunities helps narrow the opportunity gap and builds education equity in our community.”
Elizabeth Leblanc – Founder and Project Lead, Taos Education Collaborative (TEC)
Civic Media Research
During True Kids 1’s Summer Media Camp, civic media researcher, Charlotte Duff, observed our camp sessions and conducted interviews with our mentors to investigate our youth’s engagement, competency in media production, sense of agency, and impact on the community. The report on Charlotte Duff’s website details the findings of this research and implications for future True Kids 1 programming.