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NUF-Said uses a participatory design process to create a safe online platform so that non-dominant young people in Chicago, youth media groups and their networks can effectively mobilize interest-based networks for community dialogue and social action.

With Hive support, Chicago Youth Voices Network will engage at least 30 youth in the project’s initial test launch, supported by staff mentors. By the end of the grant period, participants will have completed user testing of the site, developed promotional materials and resources for content creation and peer engagement, contributed original media content to the site, and developed an online mentorship framework.

Lead Organization:
Street-Level Youth Media

Partner Organizations:

Project Goal:
Designed as an open online platform, NUF-Said is comprised of three main components: ● a member driven and youth-led social media network that pollinates cross-neighborhood dialogue and seeds new ideas for youth-driven projects and campaigns; ● a public journal of long form youth-created and curated content emanating from CYVN members and eventually, from campaigns initiated with the social media network ● a public directory of information and resources aimed at connecting youth to quality and credible information resources as well as to Hive Network and other youth and organizations that can support their projects, campaigns and goals Through these components, the overall goals of the project are to: ● Amplify youth voice and provide strategic access to democratic online forums where youth can safely debate their own opinions and perspectives on issues that impact their lives and communities; ● Increase opportunities for youth to take action on issues through campaigns and projects in which they choose to launch and/or participate; Connect non-dominant Chicago youth to resources that can help them produce projects, share media work with intended audiences or access credible information; ● Create a sustainable and shareable model that facilitates “thick” engagement and civic investment among participants through participatory and youth-centered design; ● Increase ability of youth to critically evaluate information, media, and news for credibility and quality; Strengthen the capacity and visibility of participating organizations and the youth media sector. Expected Outcomes ● Youth from CYVN organizations will develop and implement an online mentorship framework that allows adult allies to comment, provide feedback and connect youth to resources including Hive Network offerings

Project Tags:
2014 Round 2 RFP

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