Over 125 young people created and posted Human Rights Day web banners for the contest sponsored by Seattle Office of Civil Rights, Councilmember Mike O’Brien and the PugetSoundOff.org youth web site. The winner of the contest is Pazuzu Jindrich from Seattle Public School’s Chief Sealth International High School. The contest on PugetSoundOff.org gave young people an opportunity to build their media skills and share their views of Human Rights Day.
Entries came from a really diverse group of youth and among the school classes participating in the contest were:
Seattle Public Schools
– West Seattle High School
– Chief Sealth International High School
– Ballard High School
Tahoma Junior High School
Sequim High School
PugetSoundoff.org is a youth civic engagement project that provides digital literacy skills training as well as serving as an online hub for youth expression in the Seattle and Puget Sound area. The project is managed by the Seattle MetroCenter YMCA in a partnership with the City of Seattle and University of Washington. Funding is provided in part by the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology using cable franchise funds provided by Comcast. PugetSoundoff.org helps further the City’s e-government, civic engagement and broadband adoption goals. Youth also blogged about Human Rights issues. An video interview of Councilmember Mike O’Brien conducted by Ameera Brooks is posted on PugetSoundOff and on Councilmember O’Brien’s blog.
The PugetSoundOff.org site also offers digital media instructional materials for teachers and students at http://pugetsoundoff.org/get-started/digital-media. The site uses a Drupal platform.
For more info on Puget SoundOff and how school or community groups can use the site, contact Chris Tugwell at ctugwell(AT)seattleymca.org. For more on the City of Seattle’s role, contact CommunityTechnology(AT)seattle.gov.