Boys and Girls Club Teens Visit Peters Media Center

Service Learning is an integral part of Oakwood University’s CO 325 Interpersonal Communication (IPC) class. Approximately 14 students must integrate principles from their coursework as they give approximately 25 hours of service to a local organization. This semester, the IPC students are giving their time and talents to the young people of the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) Teen Centers of North Alabama. Career Preparation is one of their themes, particularly in their Workforce Development program. One of the first projects of the IPC class included introducing the teens to various Communication career options.
Members of the BGC Teen Centers visited Oakwood University’s Peter’s Media Center last week. Oakwood students shared information on a lesson they had learned about perception and personalities, and then, after a quick tutorial on production, terminology and improvisation, the group created several mock talk show vignettes and a commercial. The teens with no interest in being in front the camera learned how to operate the cameras and the production board
“The teens had an amazing time producing their show while learning about the field of broadcasting. Many of them expressed interest in the field as a career, as well as attending Oakwood University,” said Oakwood alumnus Edwin Lightbourne, ‘85 . As the director of Teen development at Boys Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Lightbourne has been working with Dr. Victoria Joiner, assistant professor of Communication, and her students, for several years.
Dr. Joiner’s students poured into the lives of approximately 13 young visitors, and enjoyed interacting with the teens, while simultaneously learning more about interpersonal communication while serving the community.

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