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Change Agent Productions

Principal Investigator: Julie O'Donnell, Ph.D.

In 2007, the YMCA Youth Institute received funding from the California Community Technology Foundation to open Change Agent Productions, a social enterprise endeavor designed to provide paid internships to youth in the areas of digital movie making, graphic design, web design, conference AV support, technology set up and consultation for school districts and non-profits. This social enterprise consists of three professional digital artists and teaches Youth Institute participants technology and career skills. The Child Welfare Training Centre is providing a formative evaluation using a case study approach. Surveys, interviews and documentation review will be used to determine the effects of the program on youth as well as lessons for other social enterprise endeavors.