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

What’s New & Noteworthy at Media Power Youth

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

How Social Media Presents an Unrealistic View of Others’ Lives

By Youth Media Squad member Dhruv Penumatsa

When you log onto Twitter or Instagram, you are able to look at millions of pictures and videos of many amazing people, but this can have a negative effect on you. Many people face depression because they don’t feel good enough comparing themselves to other people’s looks, skills, or wealth. But all of these people are humans as well and they all have their own struggles. KEEP READING

5 Questions to Ask Your Tech this Holiday Season

You may be thinking of buying your child technology for a holiday gift or an upcoming milestone, but what should you keep in mind as you make that decision? Technology can be a great tool for youth to explore the world and connect with others, but it can also be a challenge to navigate. KEEP READING

Music in Motion: MPY Music Video Projects

Music videos are a unique way to tell a story and appeal to all generations, whether you grew up loving MTV or recently became “TikTok famous”. But how can we harness this interest for learning and youth development? KEEP READING

Teachers and Counselors, Join our Advisory Board!

At Media Power Youth, it is our mission to inspire young people to engage with media in thoughtful and constructive ways that support their physical and mental well-being. We partner with schools and communities to invest in youth and sustain them in their journey to find balance in their technology use. As teachers and counselors, you have the opportunity to see the role media play in students’ lives every day. With that in mind, we would like to partner with you! We are bringing together a group of 8-10 educators who work with students in grades 3-8 to serve on an Educator Advisory Board over the next year. We hope you will consider being one of them.  KEEP READING

5 Media Resolutions You Can Set This Year

January is a time of reflection on the past year and intention setting for the year ahead. Many of us have technology on our minds, after a year of remote learning, working from home, Zoom family gatherings, and a constantly updating news cycle on your social feeds. Here are some ways to keep media in mind as you set your goals and resolutions. 

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3 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Giving back, whether with monetary gifts or your time, has been shown to increase your health and happiness! Helping others is one of the biggest natural antidepressants, but this year it might be more challenging to reach out to your favorite charity or loved ones due to COVID-19 restrictions. Below are some ideas to reap the health benefits of giving while staying safe. KEEP READING

Media as a Springboard for Classroom Learning

By Erin Gannon, K-12 Educator and PBSWorks National Faculty

Flexibility has always been an important part of our work as educators, but that is even more true as the pandemic causes repeated shifts in how and where we connect with students. Strategies that translate easily to different environments are more important than ever. There are many great practices that work to inspire learners using media whether they are in a digital environment or in person. Let’s explore a few of these together. KEEP READING

Can Digital Citizenship Curriculum Improve Health and Wellness Among Teens?

Much of our work at Media Power Youth centers on helping young people understand the role media play in their lives, how they can shape the broader culture of a peer group as well as individual habits and thought patterns. Social media and online communities are not separate spaces that youth visit for a moment of distraction or entertainment. They are where teens live, socialize, learn, and support one another. Young people’s online and offline lives merge seamlessly and, as opposed to many older adults, they are native to both. Today’s teens were born into a wired ecosystem that completely surrounds them and shapes who they will become. KEEP READING