NextGen Youth: August BLTN Twitter Chat

NextGen Youth Leaders will be the featured guests on our August, 2017 Twitter chat Monday, August 7 at 8 pm Eastern.

In June, Tim hosted the chat about the What’s the Story- Vermont work. Here you can view summarized results of that chat, as well as the other BLTN Twitter chats last summer.

What is a Twitter Chat?

To prep participants for his June chat, Tim shared this excerpt, from this page.

What is a Twitter chat?
A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.

This step-by-step guide gives lots of tips about how to participate and moderate. You’ll find plenty of good tutorials on YouTube, too. Here’s one example:

The biggies are…

  1. Search for the hashtag for the chat. (For simplicity and consistency, we’ll use #bltn for this one.)
  2. Make sure you have chosen the “All” or “Live” (and not the “Top”) results.
  3. Be sure to include the hashtag #bltn in all of your posts.

In the comments below, please suggest questions that we could ask of the whole NextGen cohort that would help us to share our thinking, but that could also be engaging to those participating from other networks. For example, I’ve been thinking about Dixie’s term “advocacy literacy.” My question might be “What kinds of literacy should educators be teaching and supporting to help young people make change in their communities?” or “How does a classroom geared for social action look differently than one that is not?” Go ahead and brainstorm below, and we’ll select four or five for the conversation next Monday night, August 7 at 8 pm Eastern.

Tom McKenna

5 Responses to “NextGen Youth: August BLTN Twitter Chat

  • Beverly Moss
    4 months ago

    Possible questions:
    What are the leadership qualities that young people must demonstrate to have a voice in their communities?

    What would like to change about the way that youth are portrayed by media outlets, adults, and other groups in your community and nationally?

    How do you think that BLTN NextGen Leadership initiative will impact you and your community?

    Why do you want to be a leader in your community?

  • Thanks, Beverly. Others? T.

  • Here’s the sequence of questions for tonight’s chat:
    Welcome to the BLTN Twitter Chat on Advocacy Literacy. Please introduce yourself and where you are tonight. Don’t forget to include #bltn in each of your tweets.

    Q. 1: Why Advocate?
    For NextGen Youth: Why do you want to be a leader in your community?

    Others: How do you invite and promote youth agency in your teaching or other work?

    Q.2: Leadership Qualities
    What are the leadership qualities that young people must demonstrate to have a voice in their communities?

    Q. 3: Media Portrayal
    What would you like to change about the way that youth are portrayed by media outlets, adults, and other groups in your community and nationally?

    Q.4: Literacy
    Take a look at the Anticipated Outcomes of the Ford Foundation Youth Opportunity and Learning site: https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/challenging-inequality/youth-opportunity-and-learning/our-strategy/
    What kinds of literacy does this work require?

    Q.5: Impacts
    How do you think that BLTN NextGen Leadership initiative will impact you and your community?

  • Nick Koenig
    4 months ago

    Of course we don’t have to answer all of these but here are some of the questions I would like to know.

    Q1: How can we make sure we all are making progress?

    Q2: Is our current communication system effective?

    Q3: How often should we do blogposts?

    Q4: What are some ways we can make sure we, individually, are making progress?

  • These are ESSENTIAL things to discuss, Nick. I don’t think we’ll get ’em in to tonight’s chat, but we need to organize to think together about ’em. I’ll make sure everyone sees these and we’ll be in touch soon about a group to help make these decisions.
    Talk to you soon!
    Tom

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