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Cuyahoga County launches nationally supported youth media project
Cuyahoga County, through a public-private partnership of the Family
& Children First Council (FCFC), attracted national dollars to
support a youth media project. Students from the first class will
complete their training on March 9, 2011, and the next class will begin
later that month.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a grant to train
youth to be effective community contributors to local news. “MyMedia” is
training 20 middle and high-school students from Greater Cleveland to
report on topics important to their neighborhoods. The classes launched
on December 15 at the Idea Center, a hub of media creation in Greater
The project is one of only 19 granted nationwide in 2010 through the
Knight Community Information Challenge. Kailyne Waters, formerly with
Scenarios youth film project, is serving as Project Manager. Sam Allard is the classroom instructor, welcoming many guests
from the local media world, including the training’s first guest
speaker, Margaret Bernstein of The Plain Dealer. Basheer Jones of TV20
is also lending his talents to the project.
The project received an extra boost when WVIZ/PBS IdeaStream
partnered with MyMedia for a Project VoiceScape grant from the PBS and
Adobe Foundations, winning the chance for top storytellers from the
MyMedia project to work with IdeaStream staff to develop high-quality
multi-media projects to submit to a National Call for Entries managed by
Point of View (POV). This part of the project will launch later in
As a project of the MyCom youth development network managed by FCFC,
MyMedia is advancing MyCom’s goals of providing increased numbers of
enriching opportunities for the students of Greater Cleveland and
supporting neighborhood progress through youth. The Knight grant was
awarded to The Cleveland Foundation.
The goal with the training is to see an immediate increase in youth
voice in local media outlets through products students create, and to
increase the media literacy among the youth of neighborhoods in Greater
Learn more about MyMedia.