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The Learning Web

Young people—adolescents and young adults—are The Learning Web’s reason for being. Assisting them on their journey to adulthood is our mission. Our program foundation is the community-based, mentor-apprentice/ hands-on learning experience — a model that connects young people with adults, sparks a passion, helps youth learn life skills and envision a rich future; all helping youth evolve into engaged citizens who value themselves and their community. Learn more about our programs
 
 

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Eric Clark-- From Cable 13 to MTV

Eric Clark-- From Cable 13 to MTV

“It's because of The Learning Web that I'm able to say that for someone under the age of 40, I've been working in the industry for 20 years.”  That industry is Broadcast Media and the comment came from a recent interview with Learning Web alumni, Eric Clark.  Clark’s career has led him all over the country, given him access to music and screen stars, and allowed him to create media content that millions of people enjoy.   Producing a piece (that spanned 24-hours )for ABC that welcomed in the new millennium with Peter Jennings at Times Square and producing content for[...]
 

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Meet Our Board of Directors!

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Summer Service Projects

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Can you define a “shelf reader?” If you’ve ever looked for a library book only to find that it wasn’t in the right place, you know that the “shelf reader” hasn’t been working in that section!
Skyler Jolles is learning about the duties of a shelf reader and some of the basics of library science at the Tompkins County Public Library through a Learning Web apprenticeship this winter. Skyler is helping out not only as a shelf reader but also in many other capacities— shelving audio/visual items, sorting and organizing, and learning about library classifications. He is enjoying the calm and quiet atmosphere of the library, and his mentor, Yvette Rubio, is enjoying Skyler’s attention to detail and approachability. Thanks go out to Skyler and Yvette and her team for making our library so fabulous!
Check out the library by visiting their website: tcpl.org/
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Community Exploration & Apprenticeship Coordinator position open. Visit our website for the full position description and application information at www.learning-web.org/publications/
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“It is a problem that can be solved… But there is a big gap between the haves and the have-nots.” The problem referred to in this quote is the lack of nutritious food for many in our community. The statement is a quote from a participant in our Youth Outreach Program. Looking to our Youth Outreach participants for the real story about food insecurity in Tompkins County, 3 graduate students from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) recently met with 10 Youth Outreach youths who have experienced unstable housing and who are living on their own.
The CIPA Fellows, whose studies focus on food security issues, learned that many local homeless young people have difficulty accessing healthy, affordable food. The issue is rooted not only in the low wages and unstable housing, but also in the gap between the “academic” residents and the “local” Ithaca residents. The Youth Outreach participants hope that this socioeconomic barrier can be broken and that local young people can be connected to the college students in a positive and productive way. They are also hopeful that a sense of unity in the area can help initiate changes to combat food insecurity.
CU’s CIPA educates the public policy leaders of tomorrow-- check out the CIPA program online at www.cipa.cornell.edu/
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Who figures out those nutritional facts on the side of your energy drink? How did they create the taste of Coke? Chemists, biologists and engineers specializing in food science are behind a lot of the food we eat. Senior Food Scientist from the International Food Network and Learning Web Board of Directors member, Michelle Cannon, opened up the world of food science to Amy Milner, an Ithaca High student interested in food science and chemistry. Touring IFN’s facility and discussing the many different things that they do for their clients gave Amy a real “taste” of the field. It was very interesting to hear the many different paths that the staff took to decide on their career. There were staff that studied food science, culinary arts, chemistry, nutrition, biology or a combination of these. Amy said she learned a lot, “I got all the information I wanted.”

Michelle is a Senior Food Scientist whose strengths are product development and project management for a number of different applications including, but not limited to dietary supplements, snacks, beverages (powder and RTD), baked goods, clinical products as well as application model systems to assess ingredient functionality. The IFN has a team of over 50 food scientists and engineers based in facilities in the US (including Ithaca!) and the UK. To learn more about the IFN and food science visit their website: intlfoodnetwork.com/ When you visit make sure to click on the video on the home page—it’s very cool!
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