Media Literacy Empowers
by Cameron Brooks
Outta Your Backpack Media proves that media literacy stimulates creative expression. The Arizona-based collective provides free filmmaking resources and workshops for indigenous youth. According to the OYBM website, "We believe that media literacy provides an empowering and active perspective for young people that can enable us to creatively address and overcome some of the most critical issues affecting us." Examples include environmental protection, bullying, and preserving cultural character.
As an educator, I know I have a responsibility to nurture critical thought, so I have been considering the following questions: What if kids controlled the means of media production? How can a child define his or her cultural identity beyond myopic brand loyalty? The innovative kids at Outta Your Backpack Media have the creative courage to answer these questions.