Last week I blogged about the teens I work with at a jail using Publisher. They used it again today and are making great progress on their flyers. Today, two actors from the theatre my library has a partnership with, had a follow up visit with the youthful offenders.

They engaged the teens in some improv exercises and opened up the floor for them to share their poetry and songs. They were recorded using a webcam and iMovie. The recording will stay ‘in house’ for confidentiality purposes but will give the guys a chance to view themselves on camera. The librarian reported that when they had done this in the past, the guys were very insightful about how they came off to people and remarked on their demeanor in a way that they hadn’t before.

It’s great that the jail is open to using technology in a way that they are comfortable with because it still maintains the safety, security, and confidentiality of the youth but at the same time allows the youth to interact and observe in ways that are part of something a bit bigger than the circle they were in at that moment. It can be a tool for transformation and another way they can help build a stronger sense and awareness of self.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

One Thought on “Sense of Self With Technology

  1. Yossi Gremillion on April 2, 2009 at 10:42 am said:

    Do you think that in addition to the teens having fun that this was good therapy for them?

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