With the help of a grant from The Blossom Fund, administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, staff at Striders and Infinity will work with students as they explore their passions and create a public video presentation, similar to a “TED Talk.”
Beginning this spring, Striders will work with students to explore their interests, identify a SPARK that excites them, research that SPARK, and create a presentation. Infinity will then schedule one-on-one time with students and theater instructors who will assist students with public speaking skills. Students will then work with an audiovisual instructor to discuss the design of their video, as well as, the elements necessary for the production of it. This process allows the student to be both the speaker in the video and its producer.
According to Amanda Gesing, Chautauqua Striders director of advocacy, by teaching students the tools and the process necessary to create a presentation like this, it provides them with the confidence they will need to succeed later in life.
Research, performed by the Search Institute, shows students who are able to develop and explore their interests have higher grades, better school attendance, and physical health. This same study shows creative arts, athletics, and learning are among the top interests students identify as their personal “SPARKs.”
For more information on this program, contact Gesing at 488-2203.