We are excited to announce that Media Make Change has partnered up with the Beyond the Bricks Project to create a dynamic media literacy curriculum for the Community Producers Program (CPP)! The CPP curriculum will be be comprised of a 4-month media literacy program that serves young African-American men and boys in urban cities around the United States, including Harlem, Newark, Baltimore, and other cities to be added soon. The goal of the curriculum is to build life skills & self efficacy, and to engage in community advocacy by countering negative images of black males through multimedia and film analysis and production.
The project is inspired by the Beyond the Bricks film, a 2009 documentary that follows African-American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark, NJ public school system (IMDB). Some key features in the documentary include the Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, John H. Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation, and Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker.
The Community Producers Program will begin in January 2012 with the official curriculum set to be completed by early fall of 2011. Stay with us at Media Make Change for more updates about the curriculum and the Community Producers Program with the Beyond the Bricks Project
For more information about the Beyond the Bricks project, please visit http://www.beyondthebricksproject.com/
For more information on how to donate media equipment or funds, and to partner with Media Make Change (no longer a non-profit entity but a start-up LLC), please email tara (at) mediamakechange (dot) org.