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True Kids 1 is teaming up with Adobe, UNM, LANL Foundation, and the New Mexico Public Education Department to offer a free Digital Day Camp this June 1st – 30th for youth ages 8 – 18.

Theme: COVID Heroes & Surviving Isolation.

Campers in all media teams will have the opportunity to explore and project this theme through the lens of honoring frontline personnel, or the humor, truth, and/or trials of surviving isolation as they engage in creative and thought-provoking media projects. All teams will interact with one another and support each other’s progress, developing cohesive and thematically aligned material.

Junior Campers: age 8 – 10

Campers will bring science to life through animation with the LANL Foundation STEM Inquiry program. This team will focus on using Adobe Spark as an animation tool as they develop media projects focused on the Earth’s shifting environment and the global impact of humans in the time of COVID-19.

Digital Day Camp features…

Senior Campers: age 11 – 18

Sign up for one or more of the following media teams:

Video Production

Podcasting

Gaming

Web Development & Blogging

App development & Animation

Journalism & Interviewing

Social Media

Things to know!

  • All classes will be held over Zoom
  • All courses will last for 1 hour
  • Each student must have his/her own device (computer)
  • Check your welcome letter for the schedule!
  • App Design & Animation
  • Gaming: Walden
  • Interviewing & Journalism
  • Podcasting
  • Social Media
  • Video Production
  • Website Design & Blog
  • STEM Science & Animation
  • Radio Garden App

Click each tab to read about each media program and our team mentors.

App Design & Animation
Dustin Sweet

Mentor: Dustin Sweet

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An artist from Northern New Mexico, Dustin writes and paints in his copious spare time. Dustin’s skill set is focused on Content Creation, Production Coordination and “gettin’ the job done”. He speaks “Art”, “Tech”, and “Business” fluently, and is often tasked with translating between departments.


Dustin teaches Animation, Multimedia, and Film through UNM Taos and is always happy to help students with projects to the best of his ability.

Based on a student’s Choose Your Own Adventure media project, team members in the App Design and Animation group will bring this storyline to life through innovative app development.

Gaming: Walden

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Designed by Tracy Fullerton from the USC Game and Innovation Lab, students in this group will play Walden, A Game. This game is a first-person, open world video game. As students “become” Henry David Thoreau, they will engage with other teammates to have meaningful discussions about their gaming experience.

Interviewing & Journalism

Mentor: MK Mendoza

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MK is a an Emmy award-winning television producer, entertainer, writer and entrepreneur. She has worked in all areas of production, from producing and writing, to editing, animation and talent for the past 30 years in both private and public sectors of journalism and entertainment. She has worked on productions ranging from the George Foster Peabody Award Winning documentary, Surviving Columbus, to the Emmy Award winning programs of Colores! and Breaking Bad, as well as such networks as HGTV, ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. Independently, she has developed her own award winning children’s entertainment media franchise, comprised of a toy line, website, children’s books, outreach program and corresponding videos and webcasts. Whether on stage or on-air, behind the scenes in the editing room or animating, MK’s primary commitment is to her audience. Radio has been her latest endeavor and she has been a host at KSFR for the past five years where she has embraced the opportunity to bring those voices often not heard to the forefront. Her work holds a mission of deepening and enlivening Democratic dialogue through the representation of diverse viewpoints, especially within the realm of community-based public radio – an often underrepresented arena within a landscape of corporate-owned of mass media.

Explore the relationship between news gathering/reporting and the concepts of media literacy that are the basis of credible journalism. Students will dive into content surrounding COVID Heroes and Surviving Isolation.

Podcasting

Mentor: Jason Faulkner

Mentor: Alex Montone

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Jason Faulkner is the host of a popular Boston Podcast and a serial entrepreneur focused on community building. His first venture, Printed Village connected a community of over 14,000 artists with national retailers like Nordstrom, Target and Anthropologie. Jason has been featured as an advisor on CNBC’s The Profit working directly with celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis. Jason loves the process of helping people share their stories with the world.

Originally from Boston, Alex moved to San Diego after film school and got the opportunity to work in sports and entertainment video editing. In 2017, she was a live coverage editor for The Screen Actors Guild Awards, iHeart Radio Awards, and the NCAA March Madness Tournament. In addition, she worked on social content for popular shows on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. She’s currently editing for XLeague Women’s football as well as producing for Jason’s Boston podcast.

As students explore the idea of COVID Heroes and Surviving Isolation they will develop and produce film as they participate in cross-platform projects where media groups can collaborate in assigned roles such as producer, director, photographer/cinematographer, writer, interviewer, editor, etc. Projects and roles will be determined by student initiative, with a potential to shoot video in small crews while maintaining safe social distancing!

Social Media

Mentor: Alexandra Rupp

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Alexandra is an advocate for empowering artists and businesses through social media. As the Director of Client Services at TSMA Consulting, she has years of experience with social media marketing strategy, focusing primarily in the entertainment and technology industries. Through her position at TSMA, she has helped hundreds of artists and companies curate their social media presence, define their brand, and develop engaging, authentic conversations with their audience.

Students will become social media experts as they explore media design, content creation, social media copywriting, and analytics through Instagram as they develop posts projecting the voice and experience of COVID Heroes and individuals Surviving Isolation.

Video Production

Mentor: Pete Monro

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Pete Monro was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. After performing in local, high school and college theater at the University of Southern California, he began filmmaking with the short docudrama Lunch and Retreat. From there he spent time honing his directing, producing and editing skills on music video, promotional, documentary, and experimental projects in Los Angeles, and began exhibiting at film festivals domestically and abroad. In 2009 he wrote, directed, produced and edited his debut feature film Days Together and received Official Selections at Virginia Film Festival, Bratislava International Film Festival, Dances with Films, and Gotham Screen International Film Festival. In 2016 he co-wrote the play The Stand-In at the Bootleg Theater and received a match grant from LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs to mount the production. He recently returned to narrative film with the short film project Year of the Bookmaker, currently in post-production.

As students explore the idea of COVID Heroes and Surviving Isolation they will develop and produce film as they participate in cross-platform projects where media groups can collaborate in assigned roles such as producer, director, photographer/cinematographer, writer, interviewer, editor, etc. Projects and roles will be determined by student initiative, with a potential to shoot video in small crews while maintaining safe social distancing!

Website Design & Blog

Mentor: Sarah Livingston

Thea Hutchinson

Mentor: Thea Hutchinson

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Sarah dreamed to build a career that maximized her own personal freedom, so she founded YogiProductions in 2014 with her laptop at her kitchen table. She found her education in the tech world by unconventional means: tutorial videos, the Code Academy, and, mainly, her own thirst to build a life that didn’t tie her to any one place.

YogiProductions is a proud partner of True Kids 1, assisting in media mentorship in web development, graphic design, and various other media marketing channels. Sarah believes that digital media skills open doors, and is delighted to impart her knowledge of development and design to the True Kids 1 youth community so that they too might strive for a life uninhibited.

Thea Hutchinson brings a background in sustainable business and over a decade of experience in content management, marketing, project management and customer service. She has worked as a business & entrepreneurship consultant focusing on consumer goods and lifestyle brands. Thea has her MBA in sustainable business from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and daughter.

Thea joined the YogiPro team in early 2020, employing her talent of finding the perfect website design for each client. Her skillset includes site build, blogging, content-management and maintenance.

Students involved in this team will learn essential components of web design aligned to blogging. They will design, develop and implement a TK1 Digital Day Camp Blog as they interact with all media teams to develop compelling content.

STEM Science & Animation

Mentor: Sally Greywolf

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Check back to read Sally’s bio!

Students are going to bring science to life through animation. This team will focus on using Adobe Spark as an animation tool as they develop media projects focused on the Earth’s shifting environment and the global impact of humans in the time of COVID-19.

Radio Garden App

As an additional intriguing component to the camp, all participants will have the opportunity to explore the Radio Garden App which allows users to tune-in to any radio station on the planet.

A fun way to learn new skills and digital tools, be creative and produce media that betters our world in our path to navigate a global challenge as one community.

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REGISTER FOR DIGITAL DAY CAMP

True Kids 1’s mission is to provide youth with media skills and opportunities to open career paths and promote digital citizenship.


Please fill out the following registration form to sign up for the Digital Day Camp. Upon submission, students will be placed on the Media Team(s) of their choice. You will receive a follow-up email with the credentials for your True Kids 1 profile and Schoology Learning Management System account where cam will be hosted. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions regarding camp registration or your student profile.

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We are so excited to provide students with this opportunity to create media with the guidance of our professional mentors team. The skills learned herein can open doors to exciting career paths in the growing creative economy. As an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities to all youth, True Kids 1 is happily offering this summer camp completely free of charge.

True Kids 1 is committed to inclusivity and equal access.

Digital summer camps of this nature can cost $500 or more. True Kids 1 is committed to providing these opportunities to all students, especially now in the face of our current global circumstance. All contributions made to True Kids 1 help kids like yours (or you!) get access to digital media education opportunities just like this. If you or your family are in a position to support our work, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. 100% of donations go directly to providing educational opportunities for young people here in the Land of Enchantment and beyond. Thanks for being here, we can’t wait to see you this summer.