2018 Proposal: Young Media Makers

Smaller RIVR

Sponsor: Aleesha

Name of Nonprofit Organization: Koahnic

Short Project Description (50 words): Koahnic requests support for its 2018 efforts to amplify the Native voice; and produce and broadcast multiplatform social justice stories. “Young Media Makers” training sessions for Alaska Native youth will create programming about social justice issues for The RIVR (Rising Indigenous Voices Radio) and KNBA.

The Big Why (300 words):

Support from AWGC will enable us to expand our collaborative work to provide “Young Media Makers” hands-on production training for Alaska Native youth who will create social justice programming for The RIVR and KNBA in 2018.

Working with collaborators, Koahnic will conduct training sessions in conjunction with events including the 2018 NYO Games and the First Alaskans Institute 2018 Elders and Youth Conference. “Young Media Makers” participants will work in teams as student reporters, with guidance and assistance from trainer/mentors: reporting, gathering interviews, and producing short radio features to deadline for broadcast on KNBA and The RIVR.

The“Young Media Makers” participants will learn about the importance of Native media representation, while making media for broadcast and online distribution. Alaska Native youth will create pieces about social justice issues that concern them and their peers, such as the impacts of climate change on subsistence traditions, and how to address teen health concerns like substance abuse and suicide.

The “Young Media Makers” initiative will also enable Koahnic to connect with the next generation of upcoming Alaska Native producers and journalists, so that their voices may be heard, and ensure that our work addresses the concerns and aspirations of young Alaska Natives.

The Bottom Line (Budget summary and what they’re asking for):

Youth Media Training Contractor: Alaska Teen Media Institute: $2,500 each for development and implementation of Youth Media Maker sessions at NYO 2018 and Elders and Youth Conference 2018.

Total: $5,000