Communications Office: Stephen Mease
International high school students from more than one dozen different countries around the globe - Russia, Yemen, Liberia, Turkey, Armenia, Serbia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, and Ukraine - will attend PH International's one-week Youth Tech Camp at Burlington, Vermont's Champlain College, learning skills in new digital media, leadership, strategic media advocacy, and grassroots campaign-building.
The Youth Tech Camp, which runs from April 22-26 in Champlain College's Roger H. Perry Hall, is the culmination of a six-month Global New Media Lab (#GNML) online training program supported by the U.S. Department of States' Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, facilitated by Waitsfield-based nonprofit PH International, and hosted online by Champlain College's new "Third Planet" interactive web platform.
"We are thrilled to have PH International's GNML students on our campus for an entire week of collaborative new media learning," explains GNML Lead Instructor Dr. Rob Williams, who also teaches Core and communications courses at Champlain College. "Our students have worked hard online for many months, and to bring 26 of them together for a week of advanced media strategy sessions with some of our cutting-edge experts is an exciting prospect," he said.
GNML students will develop skills in advocacy and social media grassroots campaigns as part of the Youth Tech Camp. In addition, students will develop individual action plans which they will take back to their home countries to organize workshops to train others how to use social media for social change and greater civic engagement. While at Champlain, students will also tour Burlington's downtown neighborhoods and experience spring in Vermont, and be advised by a number of Champlain College faculty and staff, with support from PH International's GNML team, led by Program Manager Stacie Clemens.
For more information about Global New Media Lab and Youth Tech Camp, visit www.ph-int.org.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.