Teens Speak Out

We have developed a video broadcast program that will allow teens to speak out and be heard within their community.

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Teens in our community (Macon, Georgia) feel like they don’t have a platform to speak their minds or express their opinions. They feel that adults are not interested in really listening to them, or treating them with respect. Teens also feel that there are not opportunities available to them in our community, and constantly complain that there is nothing to do causing some of their peers to get involved with criminal activities.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We plan to address and solve this problem by creating a online/cable television program where teens can freely speak their minds and express their opinions to people who will listen. We also want to expose teens to opportunities and local events in the community. Too often teens feel like there’s nothing available for them. We have an online video platform and a local education cable channel that are partnering with us to broadcast our program.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We are several Audio, Video, Film (pathway) Students enrolled at Hutchings College and Career Academy (High School Program) in Macon, GA. We have a broadcast studio and multimedia editing lab on campus. We chose this topic because we teens feel like we can’t express our feelings or get our ideas out there. It seems as if people in our community are not really interested in listening to or hearing us. This makes us feel that we can not impact or positively change our community. We think that by creating a television program were we can speak our minds and voice our opinions we can get adults and specifically the leaders and change makers in our community to acknowledge us and our views.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

We will have a set production team which will be responsible for putting on the broadcast (writing, shooting, editing, directing.....). Each broadcast program will concentrate on a specific issue. We will identify a panel of teens who have a passionate interest in a specific topic and have them joined by a decision maker within the community or a leader within the public or private sector that can listen and share perspectives on the issue. Through this dialogue, the seeds of change can be planted. Another important aspect of the show will be to have different spokespeople throughout the community share details on events, programs, and opportunities for teens to take part of in the community.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our project is unique in that it is a student and community effort. We have seen examples of blogs and Youtube videos that highlight an individual's opinions and ideas, however, we have not seen a multimedia production aimed at bringing together a community of teens and adult leaders engaged in productive and transformational dialogue. Our goal is to bring about understanding and productive change.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We have been encouraged by the excitement that our idea has generated. Teens are dying to be heard and want to feel empowered to be part of change. We have received many ideas of topics and issues that teens want to discuss and be heard on. We also have begun to learn more about the activities and events in our community and how we can have fun and get involved in them.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We are developing a plan for our first production which is slated to run in early November on our Video Website and local Cox Cable education channel. We have a short list of topics that we are choosing from and will develop our panel by the middle of October. We are also developing a calendar of events and activities taking place around the winter holidays that we will highlight. We will also be introducing a website and social media to enhance our efforts.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Program Design

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Awesome idea--journalism is a great way to amplify the voices of students!