Youth Media Arts is a crucial component of Earth Conservation Corps' program, providing opportunities for participants to learn about the process and techniques of professional documentary production and investigative print journalism by focusing on newsworthy environmental topics. Participants research facts, create narratives, interview sources, learn camera positions, and distribute media about community environmental and social issues.
They use community mapping and video production equipment, including professional Canon GL2 cameras and Final Cut Pro digital editing software, to produce documentaries on environmental and social justice issues. Their finished products reach nearly 500,000 viewers through public television outlets and distribution through school and community groups.
Youth Media Arts Corps members then take the skills they learn into area high schools--including Eastern High School, Anacostia High School, and Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools--to teach media techniques to their peers. The five-week modules of four hours a week incorporate DCPS 11th grade standards for language arts, social studies, and technology.
Important expansions of Youth Media Arts initiatives include Corps member-led intensive high school workshops to create new public service announcements (PSAs) on environmental and social justice issues for local and national broadcast. The program is led by director Daryl Wallace.
The drive of youth leaders in the Earth Conservation Corps to rescue their community is undeniable. Yet the dual challenges of poverty and violence that plague Corps members’ daily lives are truly daunting. A stunning snapshot of inner city life in America today is the fact that 23 Corps members have been murdered since 1992.
These untimely deaths received scant media attention, but Corps members — through our core Youth Media Arts Program — picked up video cameras to ensure that these important stories were documented and not forgotten. Our journalists receive technical skills training so they can publicize their national service work and shine a light on the city’s problems that they are working to solve.
Corps members’ creative media and journalistic work has brought their positive environmental service to the attention of 30 million Americans through a number of national broadcasts, including CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Public Broadcasting’s “Now with Bill Moyers,” ABC’s “World News Tonight,” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
Become a citizen scientist through our four season National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA program. Work with injured raptors - hawks, eagles, falcons and owls and study them in the wild. Students Over the school year, students gain an unique look
at humans place in nature.
Anacostia Explorers, an environmental education video series produced by young people in the Earth Conservation Corps’ Youth Media Arts Program in partnership with the National Geographic Education Foundation, has launched.
The series, which will have a national reach, teaches young people about plant and animal life along the Anacostia River and encourages them to become environmental advocates and stewards of their own watersheds.
Each of the six short episodes is hosted by fifth graders from Washington DC Public Schools who were given cameras and video production lessons that helped them document their educational adventures along the river. Each episode also features special guests, including renowned actor Levar Burton, Robert Kennedy Jr., and DC Mayor Anthony Williams.
Anacostia Explorers has already hit the streets. It has been screened to over three hundred elementary school students in the DC Public Schools, with an accompanying curriculum written by Earth Conservation Corps. It will also be airing on DCTV (Comcast channels 95 & 96 or RCN channels 10 & 11) throughout the summer, beginning in June. Other broadcast outlets have expressed interest and are currently being pursued.