BENEFITING: GLOBAL GIRL MEDIA
GlobalGirl Media (GGM) develops the voice and self-expression of teenage girls in under-served communities by training them to become citizen journalists, harnessing the power of new digital media to inspire social activism and change. The existing gender gap in media, particularly new media, obstructs the ability of women and girls’ to influence change at local and global levels. By linking young women internationally with seasoned reporters, educators and mentors, GGM empowers girls to make media that matters, cultivates new leaders, improves media literacy, and encourages the promotion of healthier media messages about girls and women. It's more than an educational project, it is a worldwide vision and movement where young women’s lives, their families and communities are being significantly transformed by our training. Since 2010 GGM has trained 105 young women in three countries: United States, Morocco and South Africa, produced over 180 videos and 100 blogs, and forged partnerships with over 200 trans-media outlets, including web, broadcast, broadband, radio and print.
Our model is simple: we give girls cameras, teach them how to use them, and watch them reframe their worlds by sharing thought-provoking content. As a result, we're creating a global activist network of girls who challenge society and hold leaders accountable.
GGM Chicago is creating a six-part webisode series on economic and social disparity, and the creative ways of overcoming urban blight in Chicago. Profiles on individuals and community-based organizations in housing, health and education told through the personal experience of teen-age girls from South and West Chicago.
"I think our story should be told," said Jari Taylor, 15-year-old GlobalGirl Media Reporter. "It's about that time, and I'll tell it.” Jari's latest blog post can be found here.