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Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn Program

If you are 14-19 years old and live in Boston, Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn gives you an opportunity to have meaningful paid work ($8.00/hour), have an MIT education experience and gain skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, then do community service as you teach what you learn to elementary and middle school youth.

The application deadline for this program is Friday, March 20th!
We imagine in the next few years there can be a critical mass of 3,000 – 5,000 young people exposed to emerging technology and science through our Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn Program who will catalyze lasting cultural change in our community. The change we want to see is that people believe that our youth are talented and can achieve great things! We believe that too many youth just consume technology and we believe they can also be the inventors and innovators of new technologies in the future. That’s why we hope this program will increase the number of youth who choose to go into science, technology, engineering and math in college and have a chance to shape the future!

What’s happening in the Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn Program?
You learn! During the spring from April 17 until the end of June 30, you meet with 35-45 other youth every Saturday, learning new technologies. You are paid to get training at the MIT Media Laboratory, the South End Technology Center @ Tent City and our partner sites. Students and professors from MIT and other colleges will help you get hands-on with six different emerging technologies and sciences, including 1) Alternative energy technology, 2) Game and animation programming, 3) Robotics and electronic inventions and programming, 4) Hyperscore music composition, 5) Digital design and fabrication, and 6) Graphic design and web technology

During the summer, you work for six weeks from July 6 – 14 August, about 20-24 hours a week.

You build! From July 6 – July 24, you will be paid to work together in a small group to design, develop and build a project that addresses a problem you think is important in your community. In building this project, you will use at least three of the sciences and technologies you learned in the spring. During this time, you will also collaborate with other youth teachers to develop teaching activities to use in your work at the summer science and technology camps.

You teach! The last three weeks of the summer, from July 27 – August 13, you will continue to be paid to travel in teams to teach the six emerging technologies and sciences you learned to elementary and middle school youth who live in your neighborhood or in other neighborhoods of Boston. Our youth teachers have taught at community organizations in the South End, Charlestown, Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Chinatown, West Roxbury and Roslindale.

You show off! On Friday, August 14, 2009, we will hold a Project Expo where friends, family and the community will be invited to see you demonstrate your projects and talk about what you have learned.

During the school year, youth teachers who have demonstrated leadership have the opportunity to work 6-8 hours/week designing their own projects and teaching in after school programs.

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