November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope everyone has had a chance to give themselves a well-deserved break and enjoy time with family and friends. I know I had to convince myself that it would be ok to take a day off of graduate school applications to thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving. Speaking of making time for friends and family, the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship will be hosting its fifth annual Pass the Wagon Fundraiser  Friday, November 30 at Northeastern University. We hope to see you all there!

And just to remind you of the amazing service our fellows provide their  host sites we have this month’s blog post, brought to you by Ellen Daoust, who is serving at the Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science.


Ellen Daoust, Massachusetts Promise Fellow, Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science:

What is Hip Hop?  What makes two people fall in love?  What defines a relationship between a big brother and little brother?  What is the difference between living in the City and the Suburb?  How can we overcome discrimination through dance?  What’s the Computer Clubhouse?  What brings us together as human beings?

Seven youth interns came together at the Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science to answer these questions through producing short documentaries.  Each Saturday, for six weeks, the interns participated in the Adobe Youth Voices Documentary Internship.  Many came in with little knowledge of how to develop a storyboard, film, or edit video.  At the end of the internship each youth left with a confidence in the pre-production, production, and post-production process.  They learned how to use cutting-edge software, to ask difficult questions under pressure, to stray out of their comfort zones, to meet new people, and to challenge their ideas of the world.  Each of them came from different schools, economic backgrounds, ethnicities and life perspectives.  Not only did the interns learn from the talented guest speakers involved in short documentary film, but they learned from each other.

The Flagship Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science was a perfect space to hold the Adobe Youth Voices Documentary Internship.  The space lends itself to creating with purpose.  An international organization that has been around for almost 20 years and located in underserved communities throughout the world, the Computer Clubhouse prides itself on being a creative and safe learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology.  The Computer Clubhouse is for youth ages 10-18 from underserved populations.  Membership is free and clubhouse members have access to high-end technology, video, graphic and web design, music production, as well as college and career preparation.

One of my roles as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Clubhouse-to-College/Career Fellow gave me the unique opportunity to lead this internship and support each intern in the development of their documentary.  My words only tell a part of the story.  Check out what they have created at or click on the links below.








To learn more about the Computer Clubhouse visit and save the date for the next Adobe Youth Voices Caesar Chavez Documentary Internship Showcase on March 30, 2012.


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