Youth Media Project’s educational work is conducted primarily in collaboration with partners — educational institutions and youth organizing programs. Crafting each program to the specific needs of each partner, we are able to share our media education and production experience with a wide range of young people in Northern New Mexico. Through these partnerships with schools, colleges, social action teams and broadcast venues we train educators and youth to address local and global issues affecting their lives, coupling work in media to their own areas of study or action.

Youth Media Project currently partners with eight distinct educational institutions and youth organizing programs. Participants may receive high school and college credit, stipends for additional work, a portfolio of produced radio pieces (good for college applications) and the opportunity to have their work broadcast on local, regional and national radio shows.

Please visit our Highlights page to read, listen and view samples that reflect the creative and original work of YMP and illustrate our connections with our partner organizations.

Earth Care: Youth Media Project aligns with the mission of Earth Care by amplifying the voices and activities of young people who are committed to sustainability and environmental activism in our community. Members of Youth Allies have worked with Youth Media Project to host Audio Revolution shows; to produce narratives about social activism; conduct field recordings representing community voices, which result in voice and music cascades; and panel discussions about media, consumerism, social change, Earth Day, youth involvement in legislature, and updates on environmental and sustainability projects involving youth activism.

ENLACE/GEAR UP and Connecting to Courage: Modeling from the curriculaYouth Media Project employs with Radio Arts, at Monte del Sol, and the Summer Intensive, hosted at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC),Youth Media Project offers workshops and weekly programming to amplify youth voice in social issues facing youth.Youth Media Project has conducted semester long courses at Pojoaque Valley High School in tandem with SFCC’s Volunteer Service and Service Leadership courses. The trajectory for the work with ENLACE/GEAR-UP is to build an on-going digital media program with Espanola Valley High School and Northern New Mexico College’s educators and students to establish dual-credit/dual enrollment pathways for students interested in pursuing fields in service leadership and media arts.

Monte Del Sol Radio Arts:Youth Media Project, in conjunction with Monte Del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has created two separate Radio Arts classes: one for middle school and one for high school. Youth learn the essentials of media literacy and radio production, including writing narratives, research, interviewing, field and studio recording, critiquing, conducting panel discussions, scripting, and post production techniques including editing with audio recording software. Embedded in the learning is critical thinking, youth development, and community service. Students also have the opportunity to participate inYouth Media Project’s Audio Revolution! broadcasts as hosts, engineers, and media content contributors.

Santa Fe Community College: Youth Media Project created dual-credit/dual enrollment courses at SFCC in Narrative Radio and Radio Production in 2004/2005 to open-up a pathway into Media Arts for high school students.  As a result, students from Santa Fe High School’s Theater Dept. (and later) Radio and Film classes could appreciate credit at both institutions. Similarly, students enrolled in an after-school program at Pojoaque Valley High School, through Connecting to Courage, and were trained byYouth Media Project staff the craft of merging social action and media production, also appreciating dual credit.  In the summers of 2008 and 2009,Youth Media Project, in partnership with SFCC, offered two-week summer intensives; the first year through HUDV 170 Volunteer Service and the second year through HUDV 270 Service Leadership.

As of 2007, Students (ages 13-25) may participate inYouth Media Project’s after-school production team and receive college and/or high school credit through HUDV 170 Volunteer Service.  Students enrolled in public high schools, including charter schools, may appreciate tuition waivers.  Participants must commit to a minimum of 30 hours (1 credit), 60 hours (2 credits) or 90 hours (3 credits) within a given semester.

Santa Fe High School: In collaboration with Santa Fe’s veteran theater educator Joey Chavez, YMP has developed a course of study at Santa Fe High School in which students learn the process of creating, recording, and performing radio dramas. One of Youth Media Project’s earliest programs, the radio and film course has become an established arts elective. The entertaining, creative dramas that students produce are performed and recorded live in front of an audience or at the KSFR radio station, after which they are incorporated intoYouth Media Project’s radio broadcasts and podcasts.

Santa Fe Indian School:Youth Media Project works with Tim McLaughlin and his award-winning Spoken Word Team at Santa Fe Indian School. Bringing the power of recording to the creation and performance of poems and songs,Youth Media Project provides the Spoken Word Team different perspectives and opportunities to develop new sets of skills. SFIS Spoken Word Team members appear as guests onYouth Media Project’s radio show and podcast, Audio Revolution!, and their compelling poems are included as a recurring element of broadcasts.

SWAT: Student Wellness Action Team/Santa Fe Public Schools: Youth Media Project teams up with SWAT to produce various pieces around the topics of youth and alcohol, youth and drug use, and suicide prevention for our Audio Revolution shows.  Youth members of SWAT (grades 9-12) have also hosted and conducted panel discussions on an ongoing basis with Youth Media Project.

UWC-USA: Located in Montezuma, N.M., UWC-USA is an international boarding school for high school juniors and seniors who commit to an International Baccalaureate course of study and a rigorous program of cultural and civic activism. Students represent 80 countries and an incredibly diverse range of cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Youth Media Project works with UWC-USA students to produce personal narratives and broadcasts about cultural identity, critical moments and international perceptions. Student productions result in radio broadcasts and Internet distribution, and are linked to the UWC-USA website.

Teacher Resources:

Drawing from the Well: Drawing from the Well is an educational curriculum which supports students and educators to access their own neighborhoods to learn about their history, culture and issues facing their own communities. Youth Media Project Director, Judy Goldberg, created and facilitated the program for 5 years and, as a result, wrote the curriculum and produced an ancillary training video. The Museum of New Mexico, Peñasco Independent Schools, a northern New Mexico school district, regional educators and non-profits were fundamental to supporting the work and contributed to the writing and dissemination of the curricula. The New Mexico Office of the State Historian adopted Drawing from the Well for their Regenerative History Project.

Traditional and Youth Media Education: Collaborating and Capitalizing on Digital Storytelling: An article by John Braman and Judy Goldberg on the Youth Media Reporter website.

Listen to Audio Revolution! on these stations:

KSFR: 101.1 fm from 7:00 – 8:00pm on alternating Wednesday nights

KUNM: 89.9 fm, occasionally airs Audio Revolution! segments on Generation Justice/Youth Radio from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Sundays

KRZA: 88.7 fm from 8:30 – 9:00 am on the third Monday of the month