“Things change” for years the Media Aid Center has built television
studios on high school campuses and run after school programs in media. We built
three locations like that. But once the program was established we would ask
the school to assign an instructor, and we would hand over the program moved to
another school and start all over again.
In this way, the center created from scratch or helped to
complete four centers at local high schools (Fremont, Jordan, Crenshaw, and
Duke Ellington) training over 4000 students in the process. In our absence
issues common to all schools, such as cutbacks and the loss of teachers, some programs
did not fare as well as others. Through an ongoing dialogue with educators, we
began to understand a continued ongoing presence is the only way to maintain
the momentum of the original programs.
The new facilities that we are building at Foshay and
Augustus Hawkins high schools are meant to create a permanent media support
service for the entire school. by collaborating with any teacher who feels that
their classes can be enriched by media training or online distribution , the
program broadens the relevance of each lesson.
This level of commitment requires a fantastic effort from
the Media Aid Center. Both the funding and personnel requirements to establish
each location must be found within the community itself. The program has the
interest of more schools than we could possibly serve, however our staff and
volunteers have pledged themselves to raise as much money as possible for local
sponsorship and grants.
Local sponsorship will be the core source for all Media Center
future projects. After all, if we do the job right the community will know and
if we don’t, they’ll know that too.
Building a place for meaningful volunteerism.
One of our goals for 2015 is to create a series of programs and experiences for students with volunteers at the core. Allowing individual and companies to expand student educational opportunities by creating events, giving workplace tours, arranging interviews with interesting people.