Imagine Maui youth shooting, editing and uploading stories of the Maui community within minutes via broadband on mobile devices. Imagine stipends for youth to cover community organizations, issues and events. This is Project YBEAM at Akakū: Maui Community Television.
Project YBEAM teaches 21st media skills to youth across Maui Nui, encouraging them to discover and share stories in their community. As one YBEAM participant said, “By becoming more aware of what’s around you, you can know exactly what you can and need to do to make a change for the betterment of the island.”
Project YBEAM’s innovative curriculum, developed by program director Kat Tracy, also teaches media literacy with exercises, games and information to show youth how to deconstruct media messages and create their own. YBEAM students practice critical thinking, basic journalism skills and ethics and learn how to recognize and tell their own compelling stories, using cutting-edge media technology.
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