As a part of IMAN’s larger goal of developing creative, empowered and rooted youth leaders, our youth development programs are key contributors to nurturing and sustaining the dynamism of young people within our work. Our aim is to help empower youth by enabling them to foster relationships outside of both school and home, and learn skills that will help them impact social justice issues that affect young people across Chicago and the nation. In 2014, IMAN is expanding its youth leadership programming by working in partnership with Fairfield Elementary Academy.
Our new IMAN Superstars After-School Enrichment program is geared toward fourth, fifth and six graders who will learn the importance of community awareness in safe spaces that improve overall health and wellness as it relates to school work, family and community. We’re also excited about the start of another session of our flagship program Digital Media Masters. Digital Media Masters is a hybrid program that consists of media and journalism training, youth organizing, and media marketing. The program empowers students to create and distribute digital media through the Internet using the latest tools, techniques and open-source software.
Be an agent of change: IMAN’s Youth and Organizing Department is looking for volunteers to mentor elementary school youth, Monday-Friday from 3:30-5:45pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day a week. Contact Youth & Organizing Director Shamar Hemphill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Organizing Fellow Farhana Arif (email@example.com).