MENTORING MBK STUDENTS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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 NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH, 2017

EXECERPTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

In every corner of our Nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.

Mentors help children build confidence, gain knowledge, and develop the strength of character to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. They are relatives, teachers, coaches, ministers, and neighbors. Anyone can be a mentor, and every child should have the chance to be a mentee. Young people with mentors have better attendance in school, higher self-esteem, a greater chance of pursuing higher education, and a reduced risk of substance abuse.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s mentoring initiative, which pairs local high school girls with powerful role models. For more information on how to get involved in a mentoring program, visit www.Serve.gov/Mentor.

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America is at its best when we lift each other up, when we pursue our individual goals while never forgetting that we are bound as one Nation and as one people.

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Dakar Interactive has declared October as Mentorship Preparedness Month.  Check out our strategy entitled Conference As Curriculum and activities leading up to the National Mentoring Summit in Feb. 2017.

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USC CTM

By Kevin Clark

We want to thank our host, and new friend Jay Tucker, CMO & Head of Programs, Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) for inviting the Dakar Media Academy and our Partner, the Compton Unified School District to a powerful experience  that spawned several great connections for us.

The event brought a mix of Tech/Entertainment Leaders, coastal startups, and academic aspirants together in a day-long conference at the Ronald Tutor Center on the USC Campus.

As mentioned, Dakar met tech entrepreneurs–both local and global; legal advisers in the venture capital field; local political staffers; entertainment industry executives; and a student AmryRigby from the Iovine/Young Academy.

One of the highlights for Dakar was a conversation with Silicon Beach Festival Director and Digital LA Founder, Kevin Winston.  We discussed potential collaborations and mentorship with Kevin.

Dakar Media Academy, was represented by Director of Career Tech for Compton Unified School District, Ryan Whetstone who participated in the Q& A with one of the panelist.  Instructor Larry Hood also participated in Q & A during a morning session.

In the past few years Silicon Beach  has birthed regional offices for Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube  on the west side of Los Angeles.  Santa Monica south to Venice and Playa del Rey have become a hot spot for hundreds of startups including Hulu, Demand Media and Snapchat, which nixed a $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook.

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REVOLT TV

By Kevin Clark

Dakar was hosted by Revolt Tv to a studio tour and discussion with senior executive James Brown about how to get our media academy prepared for development utilizing the new State Of California Career Readiness Campaign guidelines.

Dakar has been in active discussion with several movements ; the Digital Hollywood For Global Change, the National Mentoring Center flagship Partnerships Program, and Jay Tucker, the USC Information Content Management (CTM), and USC @ Silicon Beach

Victor Harwood, Digital Hollywood has made the following challenge ”  I would like to propose one specific idea to coordinate with Dakar and My Brother’s Keeper. “

“The High School Record Company – a Joint proposed project of Compton Unified School District and the Music Industry.  This idea is simple – maybe someone has already tried it – but it seems like a perfect and obvious fit.”

As an example of project based learning, Victor followed with,  “We want to bring the expertise of Music Industry executives and artists as a mentoring-support system to high school students in setting up an actual “Record Company” with Artist Development, Recording Studio, Marketing and Promotion and Performance of Music.”

Dakar is in discussion with Revolt, Digital Hollywood, and USC CTM to create an advisory board to pull a default curriculum that will adapt and scale for the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) for fall 2015.  The mentorship component will provide an overlay to enrich the curriculum with career professionals who will volunteer their time, underwritten by their corporations good will.

Below is our Vision Statement For launch in 2015

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Mentorship will be the lynchpin to tie together the potential resources necessary to carry our plan to term.  Dakar is being supported with a technical assistance grant  from a  National Mentor Program to get proficient in delivering an end-to-end program for mentoring an academy, not just it’s constituents.

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Dakar  board member, Terrence Coles was at Revolt Studio, and remarked “Revolt TV is redefining the media business for professionals of color.

“Revolt is pushing the boundaries for state of the art content production and distribution.They have also provided unfettered access to all levels of management and career opportunities for our students. “

Ryan Whetstone, Director of Career Tech, CUSD was on hand for Revolt tour and has Dakar focused on new State Of California framework for matching our curriculum with Arts, Media, and Entertainment career pathways.

Also on hand was instructor, Larry Hood who remarked, “Great studio tour and looking forward to working with you to bring quality content. I have students who have been working on projects for the past 7 years. I would like to do a showcase one day with some of my talented kids and film it or submit it to Revolt to create more opportunities if internships are not feasible. We have students who are songwriters producers and performers as well. All facets of entertainment.”

CUSD has been aggressively looking for corporate partners to bolster their career tech initiatives.  Their first studio tour took place, October 22nd at the Hollywood Riviera Studio in Torrance, Ca.

CUSD school board President-Micah Ali,  Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction – DeWayne Davis, Dakar board member-Terrence Coles, and Ryan Whetstone were invited to see the facilities and discuss Hollywood Riviera’s curriculum that has a 90 percent career placement for their graduates.

Dakar thanks all of the people involved in pulling together our tour, James Brown, Angela, Turner, Alexandra Bunch, Lauren  Walker, Katie Lobianco, and Kristin Walker.

This was the fourth occasion in which Dakar had the pleasure of Revolt’s support.  Last month Revolt participated in our Digital Hollywood Panel, and on September 26th,  Angela Turner  and Stacci Smith came to Compton’s Channel 26 for a  national live  broadcast  produced by the Dakar Media Academy’s student crew.   Our first Revolt event was the Trey Songz Takeover, which we posted months ago.

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Dakar Foundations Makers Academy was invited with press credentials to a special outdoor Revolt TV Live capture of the Trey Songz TakeOver and Q & A.  Dakar blogged and steamed from the Hollywood and Highland venue, and yes the show was crackin!   Below are a few clips from our livesteam channel.

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First and foremost we want to thank sr. vp of content distribution, James Brown with providing access, and second we thank Trey Songz for keeping the energy and authenticity high.  There will be more commentary to come about Revolt TV and its collision course with being an MCN.  Until then, Stay tuned and stay connected to Homageusa.

Our mission was to  cover the more than hundred Revolt TV crew members needed to pull of this production.  We were given access to look over the crew member shoulders as they performed their tasks as a cohesive unit.

The staff and crew were helpful, by given us power to charge our smartphones,  taken by staff member back stage to get a stage managers point-of-view, and  escorted by security to get our best shots.

Catch the full performance of The Trey Songz TakeOver, June 29th at 2 PM PST, Revolt TV, Time Warner Cable.  “Revolt TV Live, airs live at 5 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET daily.

The original, one-hour show features special guests, artists, and live performances converging at Revolt’s studio in Hollywood.  The show discusses the “hot” stories of the day, along with breaking news and new music releases.

The Audience was energetic throughout, and many had been in line since 11am in the morning waiting to get  a spot inside of the complex as Hollywood and Highland.

Although the performance  was taped live, corespondents were on the scene to provide live cut-ins for social network audiences viewing as far away as Australia, and as near as Los Angeles.

During Trey Songz’s interview we’re struck by his answer about one of his most memorable performances.  He remarked that South Africa was  one of the places that held a special place., ” stating that to be so far away from home yet, feeling at home with the love they showed.

One of Dakar Makers Academy goals is to get our students to mimic professional operations of the crew we witnessed Monday, July 28th. We’ll keep our students primed and in the laboratory for the next opportunity to learn more about Revolt TV’s theories and business and practices .

Below is a slide show comprised of the photographs of our interns camera.  We hope you enjoyed our capture, we surely enjoyed being there and feel confident the Revolt TV is going to be a big deal on cable and online.

DIGITAL HOLLYWOOD

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By Kevin Clark

Digital Hollywood launched the Dakar Media Academy campaign to recruit mentors to the “My Brothers Keepers” (MBK) initiative.   A distinguished group assembled to tackle the technology and STEAM education disparities in high need-underserved school districts such as the Compton Unified School District.

Dakar met member of the White House Office Of Public Engagement in May, and since have been in discussion with leadership about how Dakar could bring tech/entertainment resources such as Digital Hollywood to the fight.  It was decided that we should take on Mentorship, as it became the underpinning of MBK, and our call to action.

Dakar met with President and CEO of Digital Hollywood, Victor Harwood at the Digital Hollywood conference in May to discuss duplicating successful models of forming committees inside of  the Hollywood culture to bring “social change”, and match capable mentees to meet potential techology/entertainment influencers at Digital Hollywood conferences.

Dakar has volunteered as affiliate partner for the past three years with Compton Unified School district’s, and as part of our agreement we’re focused creating a Digital Media academy inside of district owned television station that will become the future home and laboratory for Dakar to frame the career-tech academy model, designed to bring industry partners to the districts quest to provide curriculum, certifications, and internship for it 25,000 students.

The execution of the event centered around creating a forum on the science of mentoring a tech/entertainment academy and providing a fulcrum of ideas based on the White House recommendation to stay narrowly focused on mentorship for our first phase.

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The discussion was moderated by Dakar board member, Terrence Coles and Actor, Activist Richard Gant, featuring panelist, Victor Harwood, Digital Hollywood, music/film producer Kashif, mentor consultant and former All Pro Football player, Jerry Sherk, Universal Music, Leo Rodgers, Director of Career Tech (Compton Unified School District), Ryan Whetstone, General Manager, channel 26, Roger Alcocer, and Centennial Male Academy Director, La Donte King.

The panel also integrated skype presentations from, Senior VP of Programming for Revolt TV, James Brown, CEO and President of Mentoring.org, David Shapiro, Director Of Diversity and Inclusion of the Department Of Defense, Norvile Dillard.

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Dakar wants to thank all of the people in the planning and execution of our latest step in reaching our goals:  Thanks to  Angela Turner, Revolt Tv, Instructor, Jon Katzman, Executive Director, “Semester in LA” Program for Columbia College Chicago, Juan Reynoso, Asst. Instructor Aaron Sandoval, Lisa Snow MacDonald, Judy Taylor, Mentor Consultant, Ret. General Arnold Bray, Koby Langley, White House, Christopher, Darden, Robyn Browning, Luis Silvestre, and our supporter, Time Warner Cable,  and the person who pulled it off,Terrence.  Talk you next after @ USC Silicon Beach

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A highlight of the event was a skype session between the Compton High School Video/Film Department.  The discussion was  led by Assistant Instructor Aaron Sandoval,who made his case for infrastructure upgrades for the 9-12th graders who are enrolled in the class and make the best of the equipment they have to create , publish and distribute their stories.

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WHY MENTORING DAKAR MEDIA ACADEMY SUPPORTS COMPTON TEENS

DSC_0378 (1)National Mentoring Month is less than 26 days away, make something bigger than life happen. Volunteer to make a young person  in Compton the beneficiary of your wisdom and insight.

 NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH, 2015

EXECERPTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

In every corner of our Nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.

Mentors help children build confidence, gain knowledge, and develop the strength of character to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. They are relatives, teachers, coaches, ministers, and neighbors. Anyone can be a mentor, and every child should have the chance to be a mentee. Young people with mentors have better attendance in school, higher self-esteem, a greater chance of pursuing higher education, and a reduced risk of substance abuse.

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America is at its best when we lift each other up, when we pursue our individual goals while never forgetting that we are bound as one Nation and as one people. If we carry this spirit forward, if we take responsibility for our future leaders and give them the tools to succeed, America’s best days will always lie ahead.

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