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Global New Media Lab
Country: USA
Dates: 12.09.2012 - 30.09.2016
Web Site: http://www.ph-int.org/gnml/

Global New Media Lab (GNML) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and PH International. GNML consists of two program components: GNML Online and the Youth TechCamp.

The purpose of the Global New Media Lab is to provide students participating in three of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ high school academic exchanges with the skills to actively engage in and teach others about the use of social media and other forms of information technology for greater civic engagement. GNML gives young people, ages 15-17 the skills to harness innovative online and mobile tools for powerful change in communities worldwide.

The program has trained 240 international students how to create a social media for social change campaign to address an issue in their home countries using the world's most powerful online platforms. Seventy-eight of these students also participated in a one-week Youth TechCamp in Vermont. Youth TechCamp participants gained leadership and training skills enabling them to transfer knowledge and skills in social/digital media and other information technologies to people and groups at home.

20.10.2015 | Social Media Skills Enhances a Young Leader’s Volunteer Work

Before coming to the United States as a high school exchange student, Raymond Okyere-Forson, was already a respected young leader in his home community of Ashaiman, Ghana for establishing GreenAid in 2012. The skills he learned in PH International’s Global New Media Lab (GNML) while studying in the U.S. allowed him to build on his leadership skills and use social media for greater civic engagement.

08.04.2015 | PH International Holds U.S Department of State Youth TechCamp at Champlain College

Twenty six U.S. Department of State-sponsored International high school students from 16 different countries around the globe attended PH International's one-week Youth TechCamp at Champlain College  from March 22-28.

31.03.2015 | 91 International Exchange Students successfully complete GNML Online

The successful third and final year of GNML Online, a component of Global New Media Lab ended in March. The five month online Social Media for Social Change training program engaged students independently to work with seven social media platforms: Blogger, Google Alerts, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The U.S. Department of State and PH International proudly awarded 91 GNML Online Certificates of Completion to A-SMYLE, FLEX, and YES students currently living throughout the US. Students receiving Certificates of Completion have completed a professional Social Media for Social Change Campaign raising awareness of an issue in their home communities. We encourage all GNML Online students to continue building their Social Media for Social Change Campaigns and to teach others when they return home from their year abroad in the United States!  Congratulations to all participants! 

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19.11.2014 | A Global New Media Lab Alumni’s Drive for Social Change

Upon returning home to Liberia after studying in the U.S. and participating in PH International’s Global New Media Lab (GNML) program, Nathaniel Cooper became a leader in his community, training others how to use social media for social change.

Students at five Liberian high schools received training in social media skills, such as email, YouTube, blogging, Facebook, and Twitter, and were taught how to use these tools in a productive manner to address a specific social cause. Complementing the training in social media, youth learned the importance of integrity, how to be a leader, and the principles of public speaking.

18.06.2013 | Summary of 2012-2013 GNML
Over the course of six months the Global New Media Lab online training program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by PH International sparked the interest of 572 A-SMYLE, FLEX and YES students. More than 300 international high school students actively participated Online and learned the basics of using social media for social change and greater civic engagement. During the online training program students identified social issues within their home communities and learned how to use social media platforms and technologies such as Blogger, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Google Alerts and RSS feeds to create and promote grassroots social media campaigns that addressed these issues.
18.04.2013 | A sampling of student views on their most rewarding part ot their GNML online experience
Students in the Global New Media Lab online program learned a range of tools and techniques for using social media for a social cause. Toward the end of the program they were asked to define the most important, the most rewarding, and the most challenging part of their experience. This success story presents a few of their answers.
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