AMAP’s latest evolution is off to a fantastic start at the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
Each week, all cadets participate in AMAP P2+ as an extra-curricular digital media class where they learn how to produce a form of media such as photographs, audio recordings, graphic designs, and videos. In this setting cadets strengthen skills such as creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration and teamwork.
Royer Studios’ facilitator, regional Emmy-award winning filmmaker, former University Professor, and U.S. Army Veteran, Mr. Vasquez, works with the Academy’s general education teachers to craft lessons in which cadets use their new skills in the GE classroom. The lessons are aligned with Michigan Academic Standards and GED Test Standards to prepare cadets for their upcoming exams in science, math, English, and social studies.
Cadets make and express personal connections to the topics they’re studying as they complete each phase of media production. This process encourages active learning, reinforces comprehension and retention of subject matter, and aids in cadets’ understanding of abstract concepts.