The Holleran Center for Community Engagement will conduct its fifth annual, two-week long Creativity Camp beginning June 21, 2010. This year’s digital media theme is called “Pod Squad: Going for the Goal.”
2010 Camp participants will have the opportunity to explore digital media using various technological mediums, such as podcasts and blogs. The participants will experiment with mixing boards, recording tools and video production equipment. All of this will be incorporated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010. Participants will have the opportunity to report on game statistics and blog their predictions for the Cup win.
Throughout the two weeks, the group will tour local media outlets such as WEEU, WFMZ, the 911 Berks Call Center, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Reading Movies Eleven IMAX Theater, including a viewing of Toy Story 3 in Imax 3-D.
In addition, the group will travel to Washington D.C., to visit the interactive Newseum, and to tour the Capitol building—visiting with U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach and observing the U.S. Congressional Chambers.
A closing ceremony will be held on July 2 at St. Peter’s Church on South Fifth Street at providing an opportunity for camp participants to be recognized for their participation and achievements during camp by local community leaders. The ceremony, held at 2:00 pm, is open to family and friends, and will showcase the new skills and experiences that were acquired over the course of the two weeks.
This year’s Creativity Camp will serve 30 participants, ages 10-14, most of whom are active participants in the South Reading Youth Initiative after-school program—a signature program of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. Mike Nerino, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, will be the faculty instructor for camp, and will be assisted by Holleran Center staff Jessica Umbenhauer (Project Coordinator), Meghann Burton (AmeriCorps*PACC-VISTA), and Christopher Fake (South Reading Youth Initiative Program Manager). Alvernia students Brett Ames, Kate Roesch, and Heather Shainline will also join the staff team.
The Holleran Center for Community Engagement will also facilitate a Junior Creativity Camp 2010, held during the first week of August, for participants’ ages 7-10 years.
The South Reading Youth Initiative (SRYI), a free program designed for youth aged 7-14 who live or go to school in the South Reading area, provides after-school and summer programming supported by faculty, staff and students of Alvernia University. These programs have been generously supported by federal and state grants as well as local funders. Founded in 2006, the SRYI aims to promote continued education, mentoring and support for healthy choices through exposure to arts, culture and educational opportunities within Greater Reading.