Hi Ellen! Thank you so much for your comment. Our website includes more information about the program components and benefits (https://www.myprojectexchange.com/digital-exchange-program)! The past few cohorts of our Digital Exchange Program have empowered students to design community action projects that tackle an SDG in their community. We are planning to launch a DEP specifically around environmental conservation and climate issues for students and hope to use cultural exchange as a springboard to help students understand the importance of cross-cultural collaboration in creating a sustainable future!
Hi Carson: thanks for your message! Yes, there is an application process for globally-minded middle & high school students to join the Digital Exchange Program. You can learn more on our website (https://www.myprojectexchange.com/digital-exchange-program). Most of the community journalism components in the curriculum center around helping students get out into their community and speak with those actually experiencing the issues they've identified. For example, we teach students how to ask questions and apply those skills in interviewing someone, or create a photo essay that captures what their noticing! The community journalism component is just 4 weeks (the first phase of the exchange) and students use the understanding they gain in the next two phases (UN SDGs and design thinking)!
Thank you so much Sarah!! We love the Solutions Journalism Network -- and actually direct students to some of their resources during the community journalism phase. I definitely agree with you that stories are so important because they allow us to slip into someone else's worldview and exercise empathy. One of our students from India wrote this a few weeks ago on rape culture in Delhi! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HJQ61wmKQL22phGDVeTCmol9f1Hb7CQn/view?usp=sharing