Hampton Junior Madeline Adamczyk has been selected as one of 26 reporters for One Young World, a global youth leadership summit that unites 1,500 young people between 18 and 29 from 150 counties that will take place in Pittsburgh from October 18-22.
“Our goal is to provide an intensive youth journalism project that engages high school students in globally focused, fact-based reporting and well-reasoned opinion pieces,” said Jennifer Snyder-Duch, associate professor of communication at Carlow University and co-founder of the YMAP coalition. “The One Young World summit presents a unique opportunity to immerse local students in global issues and help them hone their journalism skills.”
One Young World, which has the largest representation of countries other than the Olympics and United Nations, is expected to attract 1,500 delegates from 190 countries to discuss the most pressing global issues, tackled daily by our world’s leaders. One Young World was launched in London in 2010, where more than 800 delegates from 114 countries attended. In 2011, the summit was held in Zurich, with 1,200 delegates from more than 170 countries participating.
“The Youth Reporters program is in alignment with the goal of One Young World, which is to foster youth engagement with important global issues and to amplify the voices of tomorrow’s leaders,” said Kate Robertson, co-founder of the One Young World summit. “This innovative initiative coming out of Pittsburgh is one we hope to replicate at future One Young World summits in other countries.”
YMAP partnered with the World Affairs Council and One Young World to offer a “Media Boot Camp” that will equip high school students from 26 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania to cover the summit as youth reporters. During the two-day boot camp in October, supported by The Heinz Endowments and a Spark Award from The Sprout Fund, students will learn skills related to storytelling and story development, use of various media – including video, audio, photography, blogs, writing and info-graphics – and publishing
Following the course, students received press credentials to participate as journalists in the One Young World summit, conducting interviews, covering the conference and developing “showcase stories.” The results of their efforts – videos, blog posts, full-length stories, and more – will be published in a public online portfolio, and through local and national news outlets. The student journalists’ reporting and coverage will also connect their school classmates with the vital issues that emerge during the One Young World summit.
“This unique opportunity will allow student journalists to connect with young people from around the globe, and empower them to engage in ongoing media advocacy activities that will serve as a model for future youth journalism opportunities in Pittsburgh,” said Larry Berger, executive director of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., a member of the YMAP coalition.
“As a whole, Pittsburgh is very supportive of giving our youth a voice and our Youth Reporters program will teach our local teens core work and life skills that they will be able to apply to their next project, class or future job,” said Jeff Baron, director of student engagement, The Consortium for Public Education. “Through the program, students will learn how to effectively plan and communicate, conform to a process and work with a team to meet deadlines.”
As a reporter, Maddie will cover the proceedings, which include a keynote address by former president Bill Clinton, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, among others. She will also interact with the international delegates as she is assigned.