• Inspiring young people to engage with media in
    thoughtful & creative ways that support well-being.

Author: Staff

Finding Community with Educators

At Media Power Youth (MPY), we believe in the power of media literacy education to empower young people. The content and implementation of our programming and resources thrives through the dedication and passion of the educators on our board, the very individuals who guide young minds and shape their futures.

This past year, we embarked on a journey of collaboration with a remarkable group of educators. These inspiring individuals, representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, have become invaluable partners in our mission. We initially formed this board with a specific goal: to gather insights from educators directly on the challenges they face and the needs of their students in this digital age. We sought their expertise to refine our media literacy curriculum, ensuring it resonated with classroom realities and addressed critical learning gaps. KEEP READING

2023 Summer Camp

Flip The Script camp came back this year better than ever, with a supercharged twist! This is a project-based camp that teaches teens and tweens about misinformation in the media while enhancing their science literacy skills through the process of filmmaking.

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Seeking High School Students for 2024-25 Advisory Board

Media Power Youth is a youth-development organization that inspires young people to engage with media in thoughtful and creative ways that support their physical and mental well-being. We offer rich learning experiences on media and technology that help students, teachers, and communities build media literacy skills and use media responsibly to advocate for the causes and people that matter most. Through our youth advisory board, the Youth Media Squad, we partner with teens to create new youth programs that address the current issues facing young people. Members also have opportunities to build new media creation and advocacy skills. We are now accepting applications through April 30th. KEEP READING

Superhero Summer Camp

Flip The Script camp came back this year better than ever, with a supercharged twist! This is a project-based camp that teaches teens and tweens about misinformation in the media while enhancing their science literacy skills through the process of filmmaking.

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Nature Meets Filmmaking

Conservation Quest camp is the perfect balance between spending time outdoors and working with tech! Campers explored natural habitats and researched native species while working in groups to create their own nature documentaries.

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Seeking High School Students for 2023-24 Advisory Board – Apply by April 30th!

Media Power Youth is a youth-development organization that inspires young people to engage with media in thoughtful and creative ways that support their physical and mental well-being. We offer rich learning experiences on media and technology that help students, teachers, and communities build media literacy skills and use media responsibly to advocate for the causes and people that matter most. Through our youth advisory board, the Youth Media Squad, we partner with teens to create new youth programs that address the current issues facing young people. Members also have opportunities to build new media creation and advocacy skills. We are now accepting applications through April 30th. KEEP READING

Adjusting My Relationship with Social Media

by Clay Cohen, Media Power Youth Summer Intern

I jumped at the possibility of becoming an intern at Media Power Youth because I am fascinated by the hold social media seems to have on my friends, family, and myself. Over time, this new social technology will only continue to intertwine itself in all facets of our lives. My goal was to develop a deeper understanding of media literacy so that I could be better equipped to mentor my friends and six younger siblings. I’ve learned that whether social media positively or negatively affects an individual’s mental health depends on the person and situation.

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Making a Difference Through Media Education

by Jessica Dorsey, Elementary Educator Advisory Board Chair

As a fourth-grade teacher working with nine and ten-year-olds, I know how much media is a part of young students’ lives. Kids see media messages in books, on TV, on the radio, and in advertisements. However, in schools, we don’t often explicitly teach students how to ask questions about media and the sources of information they are consuming and ultimately trusting. When I found out about Media Power Youth’s new curriculum, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, I loved the way it facilitated conversations about media and health and how the lessons allow students to ask questions and analyze information provided to them. KEEP READING

Dividing the Darkness with the Poet Finders

By Katrina Grella
Student Engagement Specialist, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 

Imagine telling your story on the foundation of someone else’s words. For some, this may be the start of a life chapter—a fresh start. While for others, it becomes a new visual storytelling experience they never knew existed. Blackout poetry aims to discover what lies just between the lines. Maybe even help guide you through the darkness to find a light. KEEP READING

Gifts That Make a Difference

Many people have taken stock of what really matters to them in the last two years, and are reflecting those values during the holiday season. Helping others is one of the biggest natural antidepressants, but how can you give creatively and thoughtfully this year? Below, we’ve listed a few ways that you can use your skills, time, and wallet to support your community and those you care about without wrapping paper or a trip to the post office. KEEP READING