Community Champion: Summer Media Institute Mentor-Producers

Posted by Shantay Griffith on

MPB Summer Media Institute provides both a service learning and educational technology component which allows students creative ways to engage in two weeks of leadership development, media production training, and creation of short documentaries and narratives in groups to address Mississippi’s Dropout Crisis.  With video cameras in hand, students realize the power of voice and recognize the clarity of vision.  Through documentary film work, students have the opportunity to tell their own stories, express amazing ideas, and creatively share their concerns and solutions with the world.  Participants learn to work collaboratively, set goals, and develop leadership skills. 

This year’s Summer Media Institute was nothing short of amazing.  Mississippi Public Broadcasting was graced with the presence of some amazing mentor-producers.  Artrial Clark, Thabi Moyo, Simba Sims, Astin Sullivan and Randy Kwan provided valuable knowledge to the students that participated in the Institute.  Their expertise in film-making, production and videography produced awesome PSA’s.  The Mentors went over and beyond their call of duty to provide the students with the necessary tools to achieve academic success, leadership skills and to be proactive in their schools and throughout their community.  Each day, the producer-mentors were excited about the opportunity to reach each child.  They gave 100% in their efforts to produce quality work.  It is without reservation, MPB congratulates them for a job well done!  

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