ART SHARE LOS ANGELES INC wrote -
Real world violence takes the lives of thousands of children, women and men every year. A media culture that glorifies and normalizes violence as the solution to conflict can be very confusing and compelling to developing children. MDR offers a media education and community advocacy program to help offset the negative influence of media violence. It empowers diverse communities to build a media culture that respects and reflects their awesome humanity.
MDR offers critical assessment training of violent media images and introduces alternative media content to the communities it serves. Middle and high school teens assess bullying, dating violence, conflict resolution, and male-female power dynamics in media and in life.
In 2012, MDR impacted approximately 1,041 college, high school and middle school students in Los Angeles, California to become conscious consumers, creators and advocates of socially responsible media. The program trained 80 college mentors from California State University Los Angeles as Media Literacy Advocates. These advocates facilitated engaging workshops for middle and high school students, training them to think critically about violence, misogyny, bullying, sexism and racism in media. The advocates also provided students with socially responsible media alternatives.
MDR was recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for its work in "helping to mentor the future leaders of our City and develop young advocates for a better, more peaceful world."
MDR did this because of the support from dedicated community donors who want to contribute to making a difference in our world. Help us to DOUBLE our efforts in 2013 by making a donation of $25 or more. Every donation helps toward ending the normalization of violence in our culture. Thank you!