We train teens to approach journalism and broadcasting from a social justice framework. Teen participants go out into the community and participate in organizing/civic engagement activities—highlighting grassroots community organizing, youth activists, and peacemakers. They are challenged to expand their understanding of social justice, democracy, inclusion, and equity. Then, they create radio segments to give voice to local activism, which often extends nationally and internationally. Afterwards, the productions are evaluated based on two key questions: “How was community served?” And “What did the youth producers learn about an issue or about the community?”
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Our written blogs and video interviews serve as an additional method to increase knowledge base, critical examination, and other adult mentoring and influences. Responding to current events or interviewing and building relationships with activists in our community/country allows for a deeper and broader understanding of issues.
- A dedicated group of youth producers has been working to document and tell stories that have emerged from the Strong Starts for Children Initiative. This initiative has allowed us to both strengthen the early childhood movement in New Mexico and begin to create stories that speak directly to early childhood as a core social justice issue. To view the Strong Starts Digital Stories, click here. [tab:Trainings]Keeping in line with our commitment to community, Generation Justice youth and staff have facilitated trainings on a diverse array of topics and for different groups. Generation Justice has had the privilege of presenting their trainings at the Organizing Youth Engagement Conference and the Back2School Summit. All of Generation Justice’s trainings are conducted and delivered with a social justice framework and include interactive and multimedia components. Here are a few examples: Little Feet Walk Loud – This training approaches the topic of early childhood development, and more specifically early brain development, as a social justice issue. Participants are challenged to expand their definitions of social justice by connecting early brain development to issues like prison incarceration rates, high school graduation rates, and state budget allocations. Education Equity – In partnership with the Center for Education Policy Research, this interactive workshop utilizes up-to-date school success data that has been mapped both by county and school district to challenge participants to see the relationships between social factors and school success. Blog for a Cause! At this hands on blogging workshop, participants learn the tools necessary to utilize written blogs to help mobilize communities share opinions with policymakers in the state of New Mexico. If you or your organization are interested in one of our workshops or trainings, contact us via phone at (505) 277-1831 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org[tab:Community Mobilizing]Since 2011, Generation Justice has utilized an online virtual town hall to mobilize youth and adults around important issues in the state of New Mexico. Our virtual town halls not only serve as a much needed online space for youth and community to have a venue to express themselves about issues and solutions for our state, but also as an arena for mobilizing action.
For example, in 2011, in partnership with local and national organizations, Generation Justice joined the campaign against corporal punishment in New Mexico. In a matter of weeks, our collective efforts to end corporal punishment paid off when legislation to accomplish this was signed into law by the Governor.
Generation Justice is an active participant in several local, regional, and national coalitions and networks that work on social justice campaigns. Here are a few examples:
Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots community organizations working together for media change to end poverty, eliminate racism, and ensure human rights. With over 100 member groups nationwide, regional chapters, an online action network, a media justice learning community, and collaborative campaigns- MAG-Net is advancing an exciting new vision for media justice.
Albuquerque Dropout Prevention Action Team (DPAT) is a community-led educational reform collaborative that consists of community members, policy makers, public education administrators, and multiple community organizations.
Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP) is a place-based effort to improve outcomes for children, pregnancy to age 8, in Bernalillo County through active collaboration for collective impact. Members started the partnership out of a concern that inequitable distribution of resources, social inequities, and fragmentation of responses (services, policies, initiatives) create and perpetuate poor outcomes in Bernalillo County for young children and their families.