As mentors, the CMU students help inner-city writers produce either a newsletter or a video that gives voice to the teenagers' perspectives on issues in the community (from drugs and gangs to hard decisions and images of manhood/womanhood). The teens and mentors also work together to plan and hold a public Community Conversation on their issues.
The college students' final projects are framed as intercultural inquiries: tentative, collaborative, data-based projects that investigate, with the cooperation of others, some problem in community literacy or intercultural discourse.
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