Akaku Community Television’s Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring program has been granted $5,000 from the Maui Economic Development Board’s Ke Alahele Education Fund “Building Pathways.”
Akaku’s YBEAM program was initially developed with a grant from Zero Divide, a federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program out of San Francisco. This new grant from MEDB will aid in the continued education of Maui’s youth in the field of community television.
“We are honored to be recognized by MEDB as being worthwhile of support,” said Akakū Director of Education & YBEAM, Kat Tracy. “Their dedication to STEM education is a monumental asset to Maui Nui youth. We are thrilled that they see the value of our innovative youth program, and this funding will enable us to expand and reach more youth.”
YBEAM teaches young people how to produce short community stories using broadband technology in an all mobile environment. Those participating shoot, edit and distribute their content using Apple iPod Touches. The youth-produced stories air on cable channel 55 and on www.mauitube.org. Other program goals include civic engagement, media literacy and Certification that enables stipend job opportunities.
YBEAM is currently recruiting for its summer programs. Applications are available at akaku.org.