The Detroit Future Youth Network's Curriculum Mixtape is a compilation of workshops and media developed by each of the twelve DFY partner organizations. The USB Mixtape highlights media created by youth, with a curriculum book of accompanying lesson plans that were co-designed by youth leaders and their adult allies. The workshops and media contained on the Mixtape cover a wide range of issues and skills from a youth-led, media based, and social justice movement perspective.
You can view a sample workshop by the Detroit Future Youth Network about Media Based Youth Organizing. the other workshops in the curriculum are:
The Curriculum Mixtape was developed through a process involving a series of curriculum building and facilitation trainings. Youth leaders and adult allies worked side by side, ensuring that youth were able to acquire concrete skills to shape these workshops according to their insights and visions. We refined the workshops through an evolving iterative feedback process that involved youth and adult allies. Each time we facilitated the workshops we learned how to make them more effective and applicable to a spectrum of possible participants.
we hope that organizations, organizers and youth leaders adapt the curriculum to fit the needs of their group and facilitate these workshops for their community. Additionally, participants exposed to these workshops should benefit from an expanded consciousness, understanding of themselves and their desire to impact change.
when these workshops are facilitated within a community they can create the platform for authentic interpersonal community relationships, build alignment and unity, and create spaces for critical dialogue and collaboration.
This curriculum is designed to be an opportunity for those who implement it to create the beautiful world that they want to see. It can open up possibilities of a new future for Detroit and other cities: where youth can take the lead in addressing crises on a holistic and systemic level. Through this curriculum we are seeking to create alternatives for the systems that constrict our lives and possibilities. Ultimately, we are aiming to create spaces that are youth-led, community centered, and self-determined.