Everyone has a story to tell, and that includes Maui’s youth—or maybe, as those who know adolescents can attest to, especially Maui’s youth. Akaku’s Project YBEAM acknowledges this fact, and equips Maui’s young story tellers and producers with the 21st century media skills to discover and share these stories with the rest of the island. The program is supported by The Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, which recently gave Project YBEAM $5,000.
Program director Kat Tracy developed Project YBEAM’s curriculum to teach media literacy, critical thinking, reporting and ethics using exercises, games and information. The program also teaches the participants to tell interesting stories using modern media technology.
“By becoming more aware of what’s around you, you can know exactly what you can and need to do to make a change for the betterment of the island,” stated one participant in a May 2 press release from Akaku.
In the same release, Akaku said it was honored to receive the grant from The Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, which has been serving Maui Community since 1910. The Foundation supports programs and projects that benefit the people of Maui County, especially in the arts, education, environment, health and human services.
The July 2013 session of Akaku’s Project YBEAM is free and open for applications now. Project YBEAM videos and applications are available at Ybeam.mauitube.org, or call 808-283-7961 for more information.
Photo courtesy Akaku