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ERIC Number: ED537779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Youth-Produced Media in Community Change Efforts. REACH Issue Brief Series. Number Three
Wilcox, Whitney; Campbell, David
Sierra Health Foundation
Using digital media skills, youth have found an increasingly popular medium to tell stories about their lives, hopes and communities. Some educators have embraced this trend, viewing youth-produced media as a way to impart technical skills, build self-confidence and connect young citizens to their communities. In some cases youth and their adult allies use youth-produced media to articulate a youth perspective on key public issues, with the goal of fostering needed community change. There are a number of excellent resources that focus on the production of youth-produced media, including suggestions for the process and documentation of outcomes for participating youth. Comparatively little attention is paid to how youth-produced media is interpreted and understood by its audiences and the extent to which it influences policy change. The purpose of this issue brief is to explore what happened after production, as the youth-produced videos were used as part of the community change efforts of REACH coalitions. The authors document what participating youth, adult allies and project leaders learned about using youth-produced documentaries as part of a community change strategy. They provide a brief description of the project, summarize reported benefits and discuss challenges and opportunities associated with this approach to involving youth in community change. [This paper was written with the assistance from Lisceth Cruz Carrasco, Nancy Erbstein and James Fabionar.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sierra Health Foundation; University of California, Davis
Identifiers - Location: California