Mississippi Youth Media Project
The Mississippi Youth Media Project trains primarily underserved teenagers, ages 14 to 18, using digital technology to produce equitable, high-quality multimedia projects to share their own stories and report on their communities with rigorous solutions journalism. Through creative community engagement, students construct narratives that shift the perceptions of young people, actively creating new possibilities for upcoming generations of young Mississippians. Key goals of YMP are to reduce school dropouts, inspire more first-generation college students, and bridge the workforce skills gap by preparing teenagers for an evolving work environment with 21st-century jobs. YMP enhances the creativity of young people and connects with students through innovative school partnerships, after-school education programs, and an intensive summer newsroom laboratory. YMP is a project of Jackson 2000 Inc. Read what students think about the project here.