April 27, 2013

ARTICLES / NEWS: Teens learn to use social media for a good cause

Students from Pakistan, Indonesia, Armenia and other countries learn to speak the same language when it comes to developing civic engagement

Ani Keshishyan has seen corruption in politics, the workplace and education in her home country, Armenia. People make bribes to land jobs, enter university and earn passing grades on exams they’ve flunked, the 16-year-old said.

The teenager came to Vermont this week on a mission: To develop leadership skills and learn to use digital media to improve conditions in her country. Keshishyan is one of 26 students from around the world who participated in Youth TechCamp, a five-day seminar designed to empower global social change.

Participants learned to harness the power of new media outlets Facebook and Twitter, raise funds from online platforms such as Kickstarter and hone skills that don’t require a plug —such as public speaking.

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