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 Los Angeles is producing a webisode series on Food Justice, written and directed by the GlobalGirl Media Repoters. They select and research the topics, shoot and edit their stories. With so many teens suffering from obesity, diabetes and eating disorders, our series is designed to engage young women as solution-drivers versus victims.
Alejandra Castillo, a 16-year-old GlobalGirl Media reporter says, "I am grateful because nobody gave me a chance like this. I am not the most athletic. I am not the smartest. But GGM taught me I have a voice.” Alejandra's latest piece can be found here.