Global Girl Media requests support for our Summer Digital Media Academy, a direct learning educational media project training 15 adolescent girls ages 14-18 from low income backgrounds in NYC. The project includes a 3-week summer intensive journalism and media training focused on issues that matter to the girls: immigration, education, environment, health and LGBTQ rights to name a few.
We are witnessing massive upheaval in the way media is created and shared. As female media-makers, we are at a critical crossroads as we step into positions of leadership. Yet the fact is, the models we are working with remain broken. Female voices are still under-represented in all media - from newspapers to radio to movies. When half the population is behind less than a third of news stories, all of society suffers.
GlobalGirl Media develops the voice and media literacy of teenage girls and young women ages 14-22 by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to incubate leadership and drive social change. Through online workshops, mentoring, on-site project-based learning, and access to a worldwide network of media partners, we use media training to build confidence and capacity among marginalized young women, preparing them to become the next generation of change leaders.
Our training is holistic and comprehensive. We not only cover traditional film and video skills, we also work to create a safe space for girls of color. When so often in classrooms or professional settings, they feel an acute "imposter syndrome," unheard, misrepresented or tokenized, through GGM they can learn why their voice matters and how to access it. We have seen 75% of our graduates go on to higher education in media and/or placement in internships and jobs in film and journalism.