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GB Youth Media is a youth media social justice organization. Our mission is to create communities where young people build the confidence and media skills to express themselves and to promote community building, multi-cultural understanding, and the common good.
Weekly Volunteer Meetings: January 19-May 27, 2021
SSL Volunteer Assignments: https://www.gandhibrigade.org/current-ssl-opportunities
SSL Verification Form: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/detail.aspx?formNumber=560-51&catID=2&subCatId=9
Permission Slips: you cannot receive SSL hours without a parental/guardian permission slip.
You can participate and earn SSL hours after GBYM has received the permission forms from your parent/guardian.
You can only earn SSL hours by attending weekly volunteer meetings and completing volunteer assignments on time.
Fall 2021 Schedule TBA
Full Program Description
Attend at least one GBYM media arts class per week.
Weekly assignments are announced in class and published on the website here: www.youthmediamd.org
Pick what you feel most excited about and start there.
Discuss your chosen project with a GBYM instructor, in a volunteer meeting, before you start your project.
Applications such as IG Reels, TikTok, and various camera and editing apps can be used to create the GBYM video projects. Video activism is a means of communicating via video to influence public opinion and bring awareness to important issues. We understand that some students may not be allowed to use social media. Listed below are video creation software options. You will be able to use these free apps and submit them to us and we will post them to our Instagram and your work will be credited. Videos created can be social justice related to how-to videos.
MoShow (creative editing templates)
Teleprompter (free teleprompter app)
Davinvi Resolve (PC/Mac)
Vimeo Create (apple/android)
Trim & cut video editor (apple)
Filmora Go (android)
Everbloom (creating stories)
Stop Motion (apple)
Using graphic art is a great tool for expressing activism and important issues. Using the free website canva.com will be used in our sessions to create informative and expressive art. All research and images included must have a source listed. You can use this option to create graphic images about one of the topics or educational post. Below are links for different examples.
Writing letters to legislators, agencies, the media, and business owners :
Writing letters to elected officials is an important way to address issues locally and worldwide that need to be addressed. This link is a tool to help you create a letter (https://www.aclu.org/writing-your-elected-representatives). Your letters will be addressed with your name, but GB Youth Media will use our address and send out your letter on your behalf. You can get the contact information for your Members of Congress at congress.org.
Social Media Campaigns :
Using storytelling in your marketing lets you share personal, relatable, and compelling messages with your audience. Create a new hashtag for a cause and this can potentially lead into a bigger movement.
Two examples are Black Lives Matter and the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge.
Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter has become one of the largest social movements in social media history. The movement was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes
ASL Ice Bucket Challenge: This is a testament to the power of social media to make a charitable impact on an important cause. Since 2014, largely due to social media, the ALS Association has raised more than $115 million for research towards Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It drew the attention of hundreds of thousands of people, including celebrities and within the first 15 days of the campaign taking off, the ALS Association had received $15 million in donations from 307,600 new, first-time donors.
Project Due Dates:
These are the project deadlines.
You can find the deadline for each project with that assignment description.
Project Deadlines for Fall 2021 will be published in September.
Media Pieces must NOT contain any of the following:
Material that violates or infringes on another’s rights including, but not limited to, privacy, publicity, and intellectual property.
A focus on brand names or trademarks.
Copyrighted material (such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs) without necessary authorizations.
Material that is indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations of the United State of America.
1. If I choose not to complete one of the project options, what will the weekly classes consist of?
Each instructor will go over lessons on different topics each week. They will be announced on Mondays what each instructor will be teaching and if you are interested at any time, you may attend a session.
2. What should the people who haven't chosen to do a project do? Will we have something to work on until then?
We will not give out other assignments, but you will have the option to work on an upcoming project or attend a weekly lesson session before the next project due date.
3. How many overall projects will there be from January 19th-May 27th
The total number of projects that you have the option of completing is 9. However, we will have multiple project options from you to choose from so you have a chance to complete to receive the 9.
4. Do I have to complete an SSL hour form for each project I complete?
No. Hours will be collected throughout the program until May 27th. Once projects are complete, the manager will sign off on the projects you have completed.
5. Can I complete more than 1 project every 2 weeks?
Yes! We announce 2 different projects every 2 weeks. If you decide that you want to complete both, you may do so.
6. How do I turn in a completed project?
You will email firstname.lastname@example.org and send an attachment of your file(s). Label all attached project files as 'FirstNameLastName_ProjectName'.
7. Can I attend class more than one day per week, even if I previously did not sign-up for that day?
Yes! We highly recommend attending two classes weekly. Instructors teach different classes weekly that may benefit you in learning more about graphic design, software programs, or filmmaking.
8. How many SSL hours can I get ?
Minimum, you earn 6 SSL hours when you complete one assignment. If you attend meetings and complete a project every two weeks, you can earn 54 SSL hours. Depending on how many projects you choose to complete from the options given bi-weekly, you can earn more than 54.