Community involvement is the key to combating the school dropout crisis. This PSA showcases the importance of the community in one student's life. This program is an outreach initiative of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Education Department and was filmed during the 2016 Can I Kick It? Youth Summer Media Institute.
The Youth Media Summer 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.
Students are recommended by their principals and/or counselors based on behavioral infractions, high truancy levels and low academic scores.
The Youth Media Summer Institute is normally held the last two weeks of July.
Director of Photography
Jerion Keyes Eric Dawson
Jered Meeks Officer Tate
Dajah Zinnimon Teacher
Minia Johnson Narrator
Maggie Stevenson - Principal
“Our Communities Matter”
Written and Performed by Jerion Keyes
Executive Director (Producer), MPB
Deputy Executive Director for Education, MPB
Chief Counsel and Deputy Director, MPB
Director of Production, MPB
Director of Community Engagement, MPB
Dropout Prevention Coordinator, MPB
Shelia Brown Robinson
MPB Art Department
MPB Business Office
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jackson State University College of Lifelong Learning
Prince Duren & Maddrama
Delta State University - Delta Music Institute
Councilman Tyrone Hendrix
Councilman Melvin Priester
Learn more at http://www.mpbonline.org