Top U.S.-Based Companies Launch the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative” to Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young Americans
More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education – by 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs.
Makers @ Amherst Media (M@AM) was invited to help kick off the "National Week of Making" on June 12th and 13th at the National Makerfaire in Washington, D.C., Christine Olson, a doctoral student of communication at UMass, Liz Pongratz, an alumna of UMass' class of 2015, and Jim Lescault, director of Amherst Media, spent Friday and Saturday at the Makerfaire discussing the evolution of M@AM with visitors from throughout the country.
The Curious Giraffe Show is a brand new program at Amherst Media, created and hosted by Dorothy Cresswell. In each episode, children of all ages gather with Dorothy to tackle an interesting topic that "kids wonder about." These themes can range from social issues to educational topics. Through song and storytelling, Dorothy teaches valuable lessons and addresses the children's questions in a friendly and fun-loving environment. Guest speakers are also invited onto the show to help create a discussion where all questions are welcome.
'A Quiet Passion' is set to be the first feature length film surrounding the life and work of the world famous poet Emily Dickinson. Film makers will be shooting at the Dickinson Homestead, the Wildwood Cemetery, and historical locations is Pelham the week of June 15th. The excitement is felt throughout the area and especially at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.
Christine Olson represented Makers at Amherst Media at Hack for Western Mass on June 6 and 7. This annual event, a celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings technologists together with community partners to solve local problems. During the hackathon, people organize into teams and build websites, apps, and other technology projects to support local non-profits. In addition, the hackathon includes a "Youth Hackathon" with demos in Scratch, Minecraft, and our Makerspace.