ParaDYM Academy


ParaDYM (Paraprofessionals in Digital Youth Media)

ParaDYM Academy is our after-school and extended day program made up of hands- on, interactive, interconnected media programs called, Co-Ops. Co-Ops are designed to empowering at-risk and marginalized youth through transmedia production and media literacy. Our Co-Ops are hands-on, therefore students learn by working on media projects for local nonprofits in need of media production.

We have Co-Ops in:
Videography
Photography
Music and Audio Production
Comic Book Art and Graphic Design
Game Design

ParaDYM Academy: Prime is a workforce development module that uses videography, photography, music and game design to prepare students for entry into the workforce.  It is hands-on, and youth learn 21st Century skills while working on group projects and projects for local non-profits.  Students will work collaboratively with one another, mentors and coaches to complete these projects as well as to complete an a annual larger community based initiative that will combine all of the skill sets they have learned for:

  1. Workforce development, entrepreneurship training & youth employment opportunities
  2. Admission into post-secondary education communication programs
  3. Community engagement
  4. Personal growth & development

ParaDYM Academy: STARS is a college preparatory module that uses videography, photography, music and game design to prepare students for  entrance into colleges and universities.  It is hands-on, and youth learn 21st Century skills while working on group projects.  STARS students are mentored by local college students and are invited to participate in SAT prep and several college prep workshops. Some of these workshops, including financial aid, are also open to family members, parents and guardians. Students will work collaboratively with one another, mentors and coaches to complete these projects as well as to complete an a annual larger community based initiative that will combine all of the skill sets they have learned for:

  1. Workforce development, entrepreneurship training & youth employment opportunities
  2. Admission into post-secondary education communication programs
  3. Community engagement
  4. Personal growth & development

There are several Co-Ops available to Prime and STARS youth participants, our regularly scheduled Co-Ops  include:

I AM (Internet and Media) – An introductory exploration of how digital stories are told and how they can be made using multiple media platforms that uses hand-on production and games.  I AM focuses on personal narratives in digital youth media and teaches media literacy and transmedia production (creating digital stories using multiple media platforms to create unified “universe.”).  With our focus On Telling Your Story, How to Make Media in Minutes, the Rise of the Digital Citizen and What Your Social Media is Telling Colleges and Employers, we create an overview of how we interact with media and how we can use it to affect change;  by the end of the I AM Co-Op students will be able to:

  1. Select media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices, and analyze what makes them effective.
  2. Improve the communication of their own ideas by effectively using the characteristics of a variety of traditional and contemporary art media, techniques and processes (including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic).
  3. Use different media, techniques, and processes ¾ including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic- to communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and stories.

Lights, Camera Action – Digital filmmaking and photography take center stage as we create documentary-style videos to promote local non-profits or social justice causes in new and exciting ways.  We cover the 3 Stages of  Production, How to Conduct an Interview, Camera Movements, The Power of Interchangeable Lenses, Editing Basics, and Using a Green Screen and Special Effects. By the end of the Lights, Camera, Action CO-Op students will be able to:

  1. Select media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices, and analyze what makes them effective.
  2. Improve the communication of their own ideas by effectively using the characteristics of a variety of traditional and contemporary art media, techniques and processes (including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic).
  3. Use different media, techniques, and processes ¾ including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic- to communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and stories.

GraFX –  Comic book art and graphic design meet journalism, as we merge digital artistry with social commentary. GraFX challenges youth to look at their world and envision not only what is but what could be.  We work hands on with local teaching artists and have professional coaches dedicated to teaching Penciling, Inking & Coloring, A Glimpse of Political Commentary in Comics, Photoshop Basics, Web Comics 101. By the end of the Lights, Camera, Action CO-Op students will be able to:

  1. Select media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices, and analyze what makes them effective.
  2. Improve the communication of their own ideas by effectively using the characteristics of a variety of traditional and contemporary art media, techniques and processes (including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic).
  3. Use different media, techniques, and processes ¾ including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic- to communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and stories.

Breaking the Sound Barrier – Music, Audio Production and Podcasting all under one roof.  Our students don’t just learn how to record audio, we teach them the skills needed to make youth voice take center stage.  There mission is a simple one: “Become the Voice of Your Generation.” Not to difficult of a take, right? Not for our Superstars. Our youth spend time on the mic, behind the boards and learning the business by learning the Power of Youth Voice, PodCasting Getting Heard When Everyone is Talking, Recording Basics: from Garage Band to ProTools, Writing Academic Rhymes. By the end of the Lights, Camera, Action CO-Op students will be able to:

  1. Select media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices, and analyze what makes them effective.
  2. Improve the communication of their own ideas by effectively using the characteristics of a variety of traditional and contemporary art media, techniques and processes (including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic).
  3. Use different media, techniques, and processes ¾ including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic- to communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and stories.

Change the Game – Game design is the next generation of  media distribution and so it’s the perfect way to explore the future of media production.  Our youth create photos, music and videos and then transform them into video games, board games, and augmented reality gaming. With sensor technology on the rise and virtual reality at our doorstep, why would we just want to watch videos when we can interact with them?  By learning aboutTransmedia Production 101, Making Games that Don’t Suck, Getting Played: Media Literacy and Video Games and Creating 16 Bits of Justice, our youth not only learn how to create games, but the become empowered to use media to affect change.

ParaDYM Plus –  ParaDYM Plus is a series of workshops and online portal (that will launch for the 2015-16 school year) to extend opportunities of collaborative learning beyond the confines of our programming hours.  ParaDYM Plus will provide an online learning and video hosting portal that teaches in-depth exposure to digital media, engages youth to be active in local and global media initiatives, and prepares students for a college and careers in digital media.  ParaDYM Plus will also provide an online venue for students to showcase their work.