Each year, the Portland-based Worksystems Summer Works Program supports 800 to 1,000 youth in a subsidized work experience with business partners in the community, nonprofits and government entities.
Vox Siren is thrilled to partner with Worksystems to help bridge the generational and cultural gaps that can emerge in the program. We are currently developing digital e-Learning training for Summer Works supervisors to help them better understand the culturally diverse 16-24 year-old workers in the program.
At Vox Siren, we know that creative change doesn’t start with a text-laden slideshow full of information that’s soon to be ignored. Effective training is meaningful, engaging and tailored to a community-defined problem. We go beyond compliance check-boxes and look past the history and power structures to all the possibilities and strategies for creative change.
Community evaluation is the first step in our process. To meet Worksystems’ unique challenges we engaged their diverse youth employee and supervisor cohort in a thoughtful discovery process, or community evaluation. We used qualitative methods like focus groups, individual interviews and surveys with both youth employees and worksite supervisors, and learned how workplaces can best support youth goals and promote company innovation.
These methods were grounded in feminist and critical theory. We sought to center the voices of those whose interests are most at stake. In this way, Vox Siren links theory to practice and action to create real change.
None of this collaboration would be possible, without our team. For the project, we called on the expertise of some phenomenal folks with a spectrum of skills and unique abilities to interpret problems. Maria Webster, Donovan Smith and Orchadia Mclean formed our powerhouse evaluations team!
We look forward to continuing collaboration with this experienced and creative group! Working together, we hope to bring positive cultural change to an already innovative and important program. We have just wrapped up our evaluations and now Zoe and Kelly are deep into best practice lesson design, while Kerri is gearing up for production.
We are excited to share our creative learning strategy with you but you will have to wait just a bit longer for the the details. The future of this project is bright, and we are excited to continue to create innovative and entertaining digital learning grounded in community informed change.
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