To make an educational intervention geared toward encouraging civic engagement among at-risk youth and to help address high school drop-out rates in Quebec and North America

To make an educational intervention geared toward encouraging civic engagement among at-risk youth and to help address high school drop-out rates in Quebec and North America, a mobile media art curriculum was developed to engage students with their schooling, develop their level of civic engagement, and help them get their high school diploma. The curriculum consisted of visual arts and used mobile media to target high school drop outs who had returned to an Adult Education Centre in Quebec. The program was named MonCoin, which means ‘My Corner’ in French. The authors defined civic engagement as involvement in community service, collective action, politics, and social change. Keeping this definition in mind, the program’s main activity is taking pictures of the neighborhood with a specific question in mind, ‘How would I make this neighborhood better?’. Its hope is that students use visual arts to gain a sense of empowerment and articulate areas in need of change. The authors also discuss the need to “reconsider what civic engagement means and how the salient qualities of visual arts can be used to engage at-risk youth with their education (2016, p. 212).”

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