My YouthCLAIM project includes two community sites and one school site in Vancouver. Beginning in 2007, I undertook a SSHRC funded project to work with arts, media and literacy among youth in community and school settings in the greater Vancouver area with a team of doctoral students. We supported the creative writings and art among street youth, which was published in a paper zine and then moved to a digital format. We eventually also published a collection of poetry entitled, Voices from the Street: Writings from Another Slice (2009; Mills & Rogers, Eds), and developed films on homelessness for a wider audience. Find the videos on iTunes Under Faculty of Education, LLED/ASU Homelessness 101 or directly at Another Slice.
We also worked with youth in the “L.O.V.e “ program (Leave Out Violence), a community anti-violence program, supporting them as they learned filmmaking skills, and with a secondary school drama program developing a theatre performance based on their own lives and imagined futures.
We are writing a scholarly volume about the YouthCLAIM project, contract with Routledge Publishers, New York (see publications).
We undertook a related project with boys in a rural school in Botswana — see Rogers, T., Moanakwena, P., & Conteh, B. (2009). Digital literacies among Botswana youth at risk: Documenting community life and imagining social futures.
Mills, E., & Rogers, T. (Eds.). (2009). Words from the street. Writings from another slice. Vancouver: SPN Publishing.
Perry, M. & Rogers, T (2011). Meddling with “drama class,” muddling “urban”: Imagining aspects of the urban feminine self through an experimental theatre process with youth. Journal of Applied Theatre, 16 (2) 197-213.
Rogers, T. & Marshall, E. (2012). On the Road: Examining Self-Representation, Youth, and Discourses of Homelessness in Young Adult Literature. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literature, 55(8).
Rogers, T., Schroeter, S., Wager, A & Hague, C. (in press, 2014) Public Pedagogies of Street-entrenched Youth: New Literacies, Identity and Social Critique. In Sanford, K., Rogers, T. & Kendrick, M. (Eds) Everyday Youth Literacies: Critical Perspectives for New Times. Singapore: Springer.
Rogers, T., & Winters, K. (2010). Textual play, satire and counter discourses of street youth ‘zining practices. In D. Alvermann (Ed.), Adolescents’ Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Media, and Paradigms. New York: Peter Lang.
Rogers, T., Winters, K., Perry, M & LaMonde, A. (in press). Youth claims: Arts, media and critical literacies in the lives of adolescents in communities and schools. New York: Routledge.
Other project related papers here.