Tailored for rising 9th-12th graders
About the Camp
This camp, intended for high schoolers in California, will teach public speaking, a taste of data science, and persuasive writing for voters and policymakers. Campers will end the camp with a presentation on a research and advocacy project that they will work on in the fall. All campers will have the option to attend a 10-week program to research a specific policy issue that interests them and advocate a solution to these social problems. Your 10-week program will conclude in a presentation at a leadership conference on October 23rd. Students will also publish op-eds to local newspapers or the YAPA website and send memos to policymakers.
The Changemakers camp will be fully virtual to make it more open to students across California. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to research and advocate for public policies you believe in!
Changemakers Camps Info Sessions:
Wednesday 6/23 & Wednesday 6/30 @ 8pm PDT
Join us for more detailed info and Q&A! bit.ly/yapasummerinfo
Meeting ID: 827 5196 2249
Camp Daily Schedule and Description
Module 1 will cover Government 101 and public speaking skills, which all advocates need to understand in order to understand public policy, convince policymakers, and know who to deliver their message to.
Module 2 will explain what social science is. How do we prove causation in social science? What are the various biases that can affect our thinking and analysis of data? How do we know if a government policy is effective when we can’t run a controlled experiment?
Module 3 will go into the data science used to understand if policies are effective. We will cover hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and how to use statistics to gauge the effectiveness of public policies. This course will only cover the basics behind the math. Further discussion on coding will occur in study groups.
Module 4 will teach students how to write opinion editorials, which presents social problems that voters face and explain how to solve them. This class will teach how to write persuasive writing that is convincing to voters who may only understand complicated problems at a conceptual level.
Module 5 will show students how to write policy memorandum, which will eventually be submitted to elected officials or public administrators. The writing you learn in this class will be much more formal and is meant to present research and educate officials on how to best solve a societal problem.