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: