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?”
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.
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.