In FHI 360’s Youth Create Media Project, school-based youth media teams are given access, support, and the means to plan, create, and produce personal media stories representing their own voice and their own experiences. The program provides a rich opportunity for students to explore leadership, self-expression, and their local community through youth media.
Students are growing up in a media rich world where they glean most of their information by watching TV or surfing on the web, and their primary forms of communication is texting or talking on their cell phones. We can see these media outlets as distractions and barriers to learning, or we can use them as engaging tools for students to develop powerful 21st century skills in literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving. FHI’s youth development framework selects the later. School-based student teams and their teacher advisors attend professional video and video editing workshops, and then have the chance to work with a designated youth media expert who provides hands-on support during their team meeting times. Each Youth Create Media team invests at least 20 hours of time to their video story, and they have the chance to present the final piece at a public screening that runs like a gala film festival.