InterMedia will serve as the site of the first Washington, D.C.-based Youth TechCamp, hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Aug. 12, 2012. The program is part of the State Department’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative to help global civil society organizations increase their impact through digital literacy. The Youth TechCamp will provide a full day of training for 21 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program alumni representing 11 countries. Technology experts from the non-profit organization, Mozilla, and its Hackasaurus team, will provide hands-on training in open source internet design and development. The goal of the Youth TechCamps is to help these future leaders understand how their use of digital tools and technologies can help them make a positive contribution to their communities.
A few years ago the ECA’s Evaluation Division of the Office of Policy and Evaluation asked InterMedia to conduct an evaluation of the YES program, including an assessment of the impact of the exchange experience on YES participants’ attitudes and behaviors over time. The longitudinal evaluation, conducted from June 2003 to August 2009, is available here.