This month’s Department of Play Community Working Group discussion
will be Youth Participation in Haiti: New Ways of Sharing, Organizing
and Engaging.
 
Representatives from Youth Build International and Haitian Coalition
of Somerville will speak about working directly with youth and young
adults in Haiti.
•    How does your organization attract, engage and mobilize youth in
communities in crisis?
•    What role might technology play in engagement efforts- technology
being broadly defined to include texting, cell phones, radio, web,
GPS, etc.
 
Please join us Monday January 24th at 6pm in Room 240 of the Media Lab
Building E14: [[http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E14%29]]. Food will be
provided.
 
The Department of Play focuses on appropriate technologies and methods
to foster youth participation, social inclusion, and local civic
engagement. Learn more about us at: [[http://www.departmentofplay.org/|www.departmentofplay.org]].
 
YouthBuild International is proud to announce the launch of YouthBuild
IDEJEN Rebuilding Academy, a major initiative in partnership with a
highly respected Haitian non-profit, IDEJEN. Together we will mobilize
9,000 Haitian young people over the next five years to play a leading
role in rebuilding their earthquake-devastated nation. Young people
will work and be trained at 12 centers located in urban and rural
locations across Haiti. This project builds on a four year partnership
between YouthBuild International and IDEJEN, in which Haitian youth
learned construction skills and built community centers and sanitation
blocks at four sites in response to the hurricanes that struck Haiti
in 2005.
 
Haitian Coalition of Somerville: Members of the Haitian Coalition of
Somerville have made a number of visits to Haiti since the devastating
earthquake.  They have spent most of their time in the camps in Port-
Au Prince.  The camps range in population from a few hundred to
2,000.  Most people in the camps are under 40 – with many children and
youths. Small grassroots NGO’s like the Haitian Coalition have had a
strong presence in the camps.  The Haitian Coalition is starting up a
program on “empowerment training”—to teach computer skills to kids in
the camps.  They have about 25-40 computers and want to establish a
training center (computer lab) in a school that exists today.