Media Advocacy in Action!

Get inspired!  Young people have been successfully using the power of media to expose injustice and affect change in our schools, in our communities, and in our country.  Here are just a few of the exciting projects youth have worked on recently:


Critical Exposure

Advocacy in Action: Luke C. Moore High School

During the 2010-2011 school year, students at Luke C. Moore fought for improved treatment from school security officers, more extracurricular opportunities, and the creation of a student-to-student mentoring program within the school.  Students critically analyzed these barriers to success, work-shopped concrete alternative solutions with their peers, and presented their accomplishments.  In the following weeks, students reported more equitable treatment from security guards, new school-wide notices establishing consistent discipline standards, and an influx of afterschool and extracurricular opportunities.

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. By empowering young people to develop skills as documentary photographers and advocates, we expose citizens and policymakers to the reality of inadequate schools and low-income communities through the eyes of the youth who confront those realities every day. Visit Critical Exposure's website to learn more!

Global Action Project

Advocacy in Action: “Isa’s Final Draft” (2010)

This youth-produced film tells the story of Isabella, a young woman instilled with the dreams of her mother’s sacrifices for her daughter to have a better life by accessing education opportunities she never had.  This is Isa’s journey as she encounters struggles that neither she nor her mother ever imagined.

Global Action Project’s mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.  Visit Global Action's website to learn more!

Youth Rights Media

Advocacy in Action: “PSA: Misunderstood”

Every 7 minutes a child is bullied -- 3 million students are absent each month because they feel unsafe at school.  Youth in YRM’s 2012 Summer Institute created Misunderstood with Nowhere to Turn, a PSA about the misconceptions surrounding the issue of bullying.  Revealing perspectives of the bullied and the bully, Misunderstood provides keen insights into the causes and effects of bullying, exploring the reasons why bullying happens in the first place –- and continues.  The piece ultimately challenges us to consider the role school administrators, teachers, students and parents can play in the intervention -- and prevention -- of bullying.

Youth Rights Media is a New Haven-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to know, protect and advance their rights. YRM builds youth power and leadership by engaging young people in video media production and community organizing, equipping them with tools, skills, and strategies for affecting change within themselves and their communities.  Visit Youth Rights Media's website to learn more!