HTYN is in affect an epistemic (knowledge) community that aims to promote life long learning in young people. We aim to see young people being highly resilient, having a sense of belonging (Cultural identity) and can think creatively (Meta cognitive skills – i.e. they are forward thinking and planning for their futures and those that they care for).
HTYN mediates between both informal learning environments (such as our after school HTY Studios) and formal learning environments (such as the HTY Academy). How ever central to both is project-based learning that is centred on the passions and interests of both the young person and their peers.
HTYN operates a Network wide online portal that hosts all the young persons projects, and tracks the developmental outcomes of each young person through personal development plans (PDP). These represent the digital portfolio of work for youth, from when they first enter a Studio, and contains formative assessment information (such as mentor and peer review) and meta-data (information) around how each project is created, who collaborated on it, what specific software and technologies were used etc.
This “big data” is paired against an annual self-assessment of each HTY youth, that longitudinally (for the whole life of their attendance at a Studio) indicates how the Studio impacts their sense of belonging and levels of creativity.
HTYN believe that if young people have a strong sense of belonging and are highly creative then these attributes impact on their family, school and wider community life, so it is outcomes associated with these constructs that the Network is focused on.