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Hurricane Ike tore through the Texas coast last September, completely devastating many families and leaving OneSeventeen Media’s Houston headquarters with minor damage, but without power for many days. (The blown over back fence pictured below).
Neighboring Galveston Island endure the brunt of the storm as Ike overtook the island and left total destruction in his wake. While the community continues to rebuild seven months later, local students at Ball High School have made what looks to be an incredible film about the experience called Ike: A Documentary.
We’re all looking forward to an opportunity to see the film ourselves, and we applaud these students for opening themselves up and telling the stories of their community’s strength and sorrow through Ike’s aftermath.
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic Columbine High School shootings. At OneSeventeen Media, we have all paused in our work today to remember the lives that were lost that day and to think of the countless families affected by this violence. This anniversary also renews our call to action to provide kids with the tools they need to effectively work through social-emotional stresses of growing up without turning to violence.
I’d been very interested in a promo for this afternoon’s Oprah show detailing what lead to the tragedy, but late yesterday I received an email announcing a schedule change from Oprah.com, and this morning Oprah’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter both announced her decision.
While I have wanted to see what her show had to say, I consider her decision a compassionate one, and I do hope at some point she will choose to share the episode to help us all better understand what lead to such a tragedy.
Today’s anniversary also coincides with the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2009. In honor of the young people lost on April 20, 1999, consider volunteering your time to begin mentoring tweens and teens to build the valuable, caring relationships that help kids grow into caring adults. One of the biggest ways to stand up to violence is to take action out of love to invest yourself in the young people of your community.
“The Ypulse 2009 Totally Wired Teacher Award (sponsored by Dell) will honor a public school teacher from grades 3 to12 who is successfully using technology (the internet/social media, mobile technology, gaming) in the classroom.”
The submission deadline is May 15, 2009, so get your nominations in now! This is a fantastic way to honor a teacher you see doing outstanding work to with kids and technology.
“We will select three finalists and choose this year’s Totally Wired Teacher to be honored in person at the Ypulse Mashup. All three finalists will receive an IT solution from Dell to use in their respective schools. “
At least according to this UK Telegraph story, the recession might be a great opportunity and change of pace for maturing tweens and teens everywhere.
“I think this recession is a good thing,” says Lee Ambrose-Brunskill, mother of 15-year-old Brandon. “People have had a wake-up call – children used to be given absolutely everything.”
With their disposable incomes drying up and fewer handouts from their parents, teens are turning into entrepreneurs as they generate revenue streams to find the flexible cash they crave.
OneSeventeen Media’s co-founders are all entrepreneurs themselves, and our team loves the idea of an an entrepreneurial wakening among youth. The world’s best ideas come from the type of innovative thinking required for successful entrepreneurs. I can’t think of any paradigm-shifting ideas that arose from “thinking inside the box.”
(Image by Clara Molden and found on the Telegraph website here)
At OneSeventeen Media, we always love a great story of teenage triumph with technology, and Lexington, Massachusetts’s Danny Moraff does not disappoint. As an ambitious, 15-year-old transportation enthusiast, Moraff spent 100 hours of his free time mapping Lexington’s public transportation system and coding his data for integration with Google Transit.
Moraff’s incredible service puts Lexington’s modest public transportation system far ahead of many larger cities only beginning to consider their strategy for utilizing Google Transit. You can see an example of his work in the Google Transit screen shot above. Not only is Moraff an impressive young man because of his tech-know-how, but he’s also provided an incredible public service to the people of Lexington. Hats off to Moraff, and I’d venture to guess this is not the last we’ll be hearing of him! (Thanks to Ypulse for sharing Moraff’s story!)
(Top image found here)