Shout Out Media Tour for girls

by nicolem ()
July 24 & 25 at the Roberts Street Social Centre
Shout Out! Media is an interdisciplinary group of Toronto graduate students who are working in partnership with the Girls Action Foundation in creating a cross-Canada media literacy and video production workshop series for girls aged 12-17. 
The tour will begin in Victoria, B.C. May 2010 and end in Halifax, N.S. July 2010. Each session will last 2 days and will be held free of charge to insure inclusion of all interested participants. 
Why Girls?
Girls and young women encounter unique social, political and economic barriers in their everyday lives. Research with and for girls and young women indicates that gendered spaces and programming combat a diverse range of issues that are associated with growing up female. Girls-only spaces are desperately needed in Canada – to empower girls to tell their own stories, be their own experts, think critically, develop positive friendships, and build skills.
The goal of the tour is to:
EDUCATE: We will be conducting workshops in both rural and urban settings to increase media knowledge and literacy. Discussing television, magazines and advertisements, we will be addressing and deconstructing issues of “beauty”, self-esteem, body image, fame and sexuality. 
INSPIRE: Hands-on media production seminars will be held, where the girls will have the opportunity to tell their own stories through media, including video-making, photography, and collage.
CONNECT: At the end of each session a community screening and art show will be held to further encourage dialogue between girls and their communities. Through an interactive multimedia website which will act as a “virtual community center”, those involved will have the ability to connect with one another through the Internet.  Sharing their own stories, ideas, questions, as well as having access to a wide variety of listed resources on issues that may concern them, we hope to bring together girls who may have previously felt isolated, alone or unsupported, through the sharing of their own experiences. 
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