The Club Stride, Inc. media and technology program is a college preparatory experience designed to propel the portfolios for college and career. It provides a unique leadership development experience where civic media and technology are utilized to develop and promote young public speakers and tech intelligent community organizers, who campaign against social injustices that disenfranchise youth. Civic media is a powerful tool for inspiring a resurgence of the youth voice in local and national governance. We harness this power by engaging our youth leaders in strong social media campaign strategies to support advocacy projects where students exercise their power in meaningful ways and participate in social justice advocacy through technology based systems and skills development.
Studies show that mistrust of traditional government is increasingly growing, but that civics is changing and that the public is becoming more open to participation through media and technology. In fact, prestigious institutions of higher learning are tackling this tough issue acutely and are currently designing media tools and spaces for social change through participatory practices. For example, the MIT Center for Civic Media believes that civic media "...is a key way of ensuring that an emergent civics is more fair and inclusive than current methods." Through similar participatory practices, Club Stride youth discover the rich relationships between communities, and media and technology, and they connect to the essence of information and power. We continue to seek out tools and research to help us develop innovative ways to foster digital inclusion, expand civic participation and magnify the voice of communities otherwise isolated from civic participation.
Through our services, we change the trajectory of lives. Our youth leaders are part of a wave of transformational leaders making strides to increase the flow of information in the world. We believe that this is necessary to end inequity in civic participation and shape a better future for everyone.