At-risk youth and young adults in the District of Columbia need 21st Century technology skills, along with community engagement strategies. Our tax-exempt organization, Multi-Media Training Institute (MMTI) trains at-risk young people in Digital Media and Business with the goal of developing a team of Digital Entrepreneurs. They will target small community-based businesses and create their digital footprint in the market place as a way to engage customers, patients, or clients.
With the rise of social media and the rapid advance of technology, the technology gap widens in the District of Columbia for many at-risk youth who lack access to technology and Media Literacy. At a time when new technologies and business models are driving progress, many small business have not yet established their Digital footprint. Media Literacy empowers people to be both critical thinkers and creative producers of an increasingly wide range of messages using image, language, and sound.
With Digital Media and technology, at-risk youth learn how to create, transform, and publish text and images. Experimenting with innovative technologies and platforms engages our youth in projects that include active civic participation, the arts, and collaboration; knowledge that translates into careers as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy. Our young people emerge on the cutting edge with Business/Entrepreneurial and Digital knowledge.
MMTI bridges content to other disciplines in order to deepen understanding and connect learning for youth, by promoting global awareness and real world relevance. At-risk youth can generate new streams of income with Digital Media skills, gain invaluable work experience, positively impact businesses in their community, and network with a host of players in the field of Digital Media. Over 100 youth and young adults can be trained and 50 businesses will be served over the next three years.