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The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to teachers, parents and students. These websites are operated independent of Media Literacy Now. If you have a resource to add to this page, please let us know!

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SPOT 127 empowers teens to hone their storytelling skills through digital media skills. We continuously innovate our award-winning services to meet the needs of our communities through our free after-school program, and in-school and summer programs.

About-Face frees girls from the confines of a toxic culture so they can fulfill their potential.

Big Picture Educational Consulting is a leader in the fields of film education and media literacy, specializing in resource development and educational outreach for film and media projects of all kinds. We leverage film as a powerful educational tool to enlighten audiences, spark engagement, inspire social change, and cultivate new generations of filmgoers and filmmakers. Our leadership shares over 25 years of experience in film, media literacy, curriculum development, community organizing, and education, and we bring this experience to bear for our clients, using their films to teach and edify complex and inspiring issues inside and beyond the classroom in savvy, substantive ways.

Shaping Youth taps into the same persuasive tools & techniques of industry insiders to lift and reveal agendas, flip messages in a healthier direction, and instill critical thinking skills and information literacy on topics ranging from misinformation and marketing manipulation to data privacy and commodification.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosts nearly 1000 middle and high school students from the Los Angeles Unified School District who participate in a unique media literacy program. Utilizing common core principles, the program is designed to help students become aware of media messages encountered daily, improve analytical skills to evaluate those messages, and encourage provocative and thoughtful interaction with the media.

Outside the Lens empowers youth to use digital media to create positive change within themselves, their community and the world. We exist to ensure that all youth are able to critically create and consume media. Students without the access and education to digital arts and media literacies are often excluded from the opportunities of their more resourced peers, compounding the existing achievement gap.

Welcome 2 Reality offers workshops, consultative services and conflict resolution associated with social media. They are committed to raising awareness of media literacy by educating and empowering individuals of how to use critical thinking skills to see these mediums for what they truly are. Click here to watch a video describing their approach to media literacy work in Connecticut.

Free Spirit Media provides teens and young adults in communities of color on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and hands-on media production experience. Free Spirit Media runs in-school arts education, after school and summer digital media programs, and advanced Creative Workforce Development programs.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women provides programming for girls of most ages in central and southern Maine that gives girls opportunities to explore new areas of interest, to challenge themselves by learning new skills, and to build alliances with other girls while learning from women who are breaking free of stereotypes.

Home Inc. & Scholastic Media Association offers a Media Lab Partnership with schools which focuses on teaching video production and media analysis to educators and students.

MediaGirls offers a 10 week after school program that teaches participants to be critical of media messaging and learn to write and publish content speaking out against sexism and gender stereotyping. The organization also offers a speaker program for schools, community centers, youth groups and camps and health and wellness workshops.

Screen Savvy Kids aims to maximize the benefits and minimize potential risks of media use through media literacy education. SSK offers workshops for kids, presentations for parents, and trainings for teachers interested in integrating media literacy in their classroom based on national, state and district standards (including 21st Century Skills and Common Core State Standard Initiatives).

The Message is a movement to empower teens to become empowered adults. We use live music and popular culture to help them gain more control over how they are influenced by media messages. Our work focuses on media literacy, critical thinking, and healthy decision-making as keys to unlocking positive life outcomes.

Transformative Culture Project provides education and employment in photo, video and media production services for youth living in low income neighborhoods. A second program, Network (ED) works with individual students to foster interest and production in the creative arts through curriculum and mentoring.

SchoolJournalism.Org is a site for students and teachers provides hundreds of lesson plans and resources related to journalism, news and media literacy and civic education. Whether you want to learn, teach or create news and information using digital media tools or increase your understanding of the First Amendment and democracy, this site can both inspire and instruct.

Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.

Jacob Burns Film Center supports educators with curriculum for innovative literacy education. Pre-K through grade 12 programs focus on critical analysis, creative collaboration, and multimedia communication.

The Media Spot offers workshops and curriculum development for K-12 and higher in media literacy. They also offer training to educators and professionals.

Media Savvy Citizens facilitates understanding, positive participation, and meaningful media interaction for New Mexico learners. We envision a future where our NM youth are future-ready, media-fluent, engaged and connected with their community.

Project Look Sharp is a nonprofit, mission driven outreach program of Ithaca College committed to helping K-16 educators enhance students’ critical thinking, metacognition, and civic engagement through media literacy materials and professional development.

Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center offers workshops in video production, media literacy, digital storytelling, and animation to young people 12-18. They offer customized programming to schools, groups and nonprofits. They host a year-round club to youth interested in media; summer camps, and classes on field production, editing and animation.

Center for Media and Information Literacy is a hub for research, outreach, education, and professional development on issues involving media literacy and information literacy locally, nationally, and internationally. Our work is strategically aligned around the areas of scholarship, media institutions and the media industry, and children’s media.

Rough Cut supports, creates and advocates for media production and literacy education programs in schools. They help schools create professional quality recordings, videos, and websites as well as provide semester long online courses to high school students in the field of media.

Beauty Redefined® is a nonprofit promoting body image resilience, based on the research and advocacy of co-directors and twin sisters Lindsay & Lexie Kite, PhD. Through online education and activism, speaking events, and a forthcoming book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fall 2020), Beauty Redefined teaches people how objectification warps their body image and self-worth. We are all more than a body®, and when we can see more in ourselves and others, we can be more.

EPIK Deliberate Digital seeks to foster collaboration, conversation, and connection involving parents and youth, non-profits, businesses, government entities, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, and others to help create a positive digital culture.