The Inside-Out Alumni group at the University of Oregon has started a new Inside-Out style project: a book club at the local juvenile facility.
This summer, four UO students and ten youth met weekly for a five-week pilot project book club. We read comic books together: the outside students identified some graphic novels appropriate for the setting, and the youth selected The Ultimate Spider-Man for the summer book.
Our discussions included topics as varied as revenge, dealing with loss, gender issues, what we would do if we had super powers, relationships, and personal responsibility. We also used ice breakers and activities to keep everyone engaged and to facilitate the classroom experience.
This pilot project will hopefully evolve into an ongoing and permanent project. The UO-Serbu partnership has already generated a significant amount of enthusiasm on both sides. We hope that, in the future, we will have an equal number of inside and outside participants.
Can't wait to see where this leads!