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.
Check out the videos from 2016:
Starting July 18, students from across Mississippi will be at MPB learning how to storyboard, produce, shoot and edit their own short video productions.Read More
After an intense recruitment process, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) launched its first Can I Kick It? Ambassadors' Training. In an effort to increase Mississippi’s overall graduation rate, MPB is starting a new peer-to-peer initiative which is designed to offer a youth-led approach.Read More
1 in 5 students or 15% to 20% of the population have a language based learning disability. In this video from the 2015 "Can I Kick It?": Youth Movement Through Media Institute, Ashton reaches out for help when he realizes that he is struggling to read and his grades are dropping.Read More
Nothing seems to be going right in Marco's life. He is struggling in school, he seems distracted lately and his parents are getting a divorce. Then Marco loses someone close to him. He realizes that he has to push forward and do better for him. He turns his life around.Read More
This video comes from a group of students that participated in the, 2015 "Can I Kick It?": Youth Movement Through Media Institute. In the video "Past Is Present," using a poem, a group of students shed light on police brutality and inequality in the U.S. today. Using footage from the civil rights movement, the students showed how present events mirror those from the past.Read More