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Phase I


ANIMATE MY ACTION PLAN

Royer Studios developed Animate My Action Plan as a way for Youth ChalleNGe cadets to gain 21st Century workforce skills and develop an action plan from Youth ChalleNGe to independence. Through a two-phase STEAM-based curriculum, cadets have the opportunity to explore careers in the areas of media, design, and technology, and expand their potential for successful and productive futures.

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Phase I


ANIMATE MY ACTION PLAN

Royer Studios developed Animate My Action Plan as a way for Youth ChalleNGe cadets to gain 21st Century workforce skills and develop an action plan from Youth ChalleNGe to independence. Through a two-phase STEAM-based curriculum, cadets have the opportunity to explore careers in the areas of media, design, and technology, and expand their potential for successful and productive futures.

 

PHASE I - DREAM

In Phase I, cadets reflect on the consequences of their choices and decisions and learn the value of taking responsibility for their results. Acknowledging their power to create the future, they identify goals and dreams to strive for post-graduation. By working in teams to create animated short films illustrating their future plans for success, cadets combine their talents and focus their efforts on completing the project in a short amount of time.

To promote positive peer interaction, cadets work together to complete all steps of the production.

  • Writing action plan scripts

  • Designing storyboards to plan art and animation

  • Creating original artwork

  • Performing voiceover

  • Practicing animation on an iPad

Through the process, they empower themselves, each other, and at-promise youth to make positive change; to create an action plan for life success - at Youth ChalleNGe and beyond.

This experience truly embodies the best concepts of youth development, service learning, and the acquisition of 21st Century job skills. 

 
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Phase II


Phase II


 


PHASE II - BELIEVE


Outstanding cadets from Phase I are given an opportunity to participate in Phase II, a soon-to-be certificated 60-hour entry-level vocational training focused on content development for the web, that empowers cadets to unlock talents and passions to explore career opportunities. 

  • Photography

  • Video Production

  • Graphic Design

  • Music & Audio Production

  • Computer Coding

With mentorship from professionals in digital media, cadets get hands-on experience learning about production, design, and technology-related careers through media arts; they gain valuable tools for healthy self-expression; and they learn the skills necessary to market themselves as entrepreneurs and valuable employees while receiving support in pursuing higher education and employment.

 
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Phase III


Phase III


 

PHASE 2 PLUS - ACHIEVE

Royer Studios developed Animate My Action Plan Phase II Plus (AMAP P2+) to merge media arts with general education standards. 

This latest evolution of the AMAP program services all Youth ChalleNGe cadets at participating sites, providing them with 21st Century technology training and essential media arts skills including photography, video production, graphic design, and audio engineering.

Since implementation at Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, GED passing rates doubled, and the number of High School Diplomas awarded nearly doubled.

Preparation for Learning Enhancement & Reinforcement

Cadets participate in one extracurricular class per week to learn a skill such as using design software to create graphs and charts, scripting and engineering podcasts, or photographing products for promotional use. Each cadet has his or her own iPad Pro to complete assignments and works with a partner or a team to provide peer-to-peer learning.

A Royer Studios facilitator prepares weekly lessons by coordinating with the general education teachers to design activities focused on what the cadets are studying.

Then, a unique project is developed to be implemented in the traditional classroom, connecting the general education studies with the new skills cadets developed. Cadets make and express personal connections to the subjects they’re studying and become actively engaged in the learning process.

AMAP P2+ helps cadets acquire 21st Century workforce skills, including:

  • Critical thinking

  • Problem solving

  • Technology literacy

  • Media literacy

  • Creativity and imagination

  • Leadership and initiative

  • Collaboration and teamwork

  • Oral and written communication skills

Contributing to the Youth ChalleNGe Academy

The media produced by cadets can be used by the academy for promotion and outreach. Parents especially enjoy seeing their cadet’s work on Facebook and often share the academy’s posts, thereby sharing the academy’s page with their network.