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

What’s New & Noteworthy at Media Power Youth

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

My Advocacy Experience

By Zoë Henry-Hughes, Youth Advisory Board Member, Media Power Youth

My name is Zoe Henry-Hughes. I am a member of the Youth Media Squad, the youth advisory board at Media Power Youth. I advise MPY on how they can help young people navigate digital communities and am learning more about how to advocate for causes I believe in. Through this post, I am sharing my experiences as a high school student (going onto college) invested in LGBTQ+ advocacy.
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Negativity Bias and Mental Well-being

Caught up in the latest news cycle spiral? Can’t stop thinking about that one comment your teacher made on your last essay when studying for a test? Can’t stop replaying a disagreement with your partner or friend in your head? You may be experiencing Negativity Bias, a cognitive phenomenon deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Our brains are wired to give more weight to negative information and experiences than positive ones, impacting our relationships and mental well-being. In this post, we’ll explore the effects of Negativity Bias, particularly in relationships, and offer strategies to counteract this natural inclination so you and the people who care about you can be a little happier every day.

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Navigating Mental Health Advocacy on Social Media

As the social media world has evolved, we have seen influencers, athletes, actors, and more use their platforms to share their mental health journeys. They are using their platforms, such as Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and Twitter, to share their journey with the world, creating a space for others to feel comfort in knowing that they aren’t alone and a space to connect with others who might be going through something similar. 

One notable athlete changing how mental health is perceived is Simone Biles, an Olympic athlete who had to step down in the 2020 Olympics due to her own mental health needs. Biles experienced the “twisties.” The twisties refer to a mental block that can interfere with a sense of where an athlete’s body is in space, which is especially dangerous for gymnasts.  She used her platform to bring awareness to her mental health struggles and shed light on the overwhelming stigma mental health receives. When influencers, athletes, and other community members shed light on their journey, it can resonate with others, knowing that people from all walks of life experience their mental health struggles and there is support.

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Embracing 2024 with Positive Habits

As we welcome 2024, let’s look at the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Many of us reflect on how to eat better, improve our sleep, or fit in more exercise. It can be a helpful goalpost or one that causes frustration. In a recent conversation, our Youth Advisory Board offered some key insights and suggestions on how to build healthier habits – especially when it comes to our digital ones.

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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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Summer Camp Means Summer Fun!

Summer is the time for fun, creativity, and community! Summer camps are a place for those things to thrive in a safe and structured environment. Some children lack a strong social foundation, making them feel isolated and alone during the summer months. Introducing your child to summer camp provides them with a group of peers to interact with that more often than not, share the same interests.

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The Power of Mentorship

Summer is here! With it comes sunshine and the promise of freedom that many students, and parents alike, yearn for. It’s a time when the basketball court comes alive with the rhythmic beat of endless pick-up games. The lake hums with joyful cheers, awesome splashes, and memories that last a lifetime. Kids are free to hang out with friends until the sun starts to set and the street lights flicker on.

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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