ADVICE PROJECT MEDIA first offered our Three-Step Problems and Solutions methodology and our Curriculum for a Better Tomorrow in early 2013 to five teen girls at an alternative education center called The ROC in New York City. Since then, we've developed and led media, writing, and citizen journalism classes and workshops for youth of all genders and women in partnership with organizations and programs throughout New York City, including: Fahari Academy Charter School; Different Directions; The ROC; and Women for Afghan Women. We also offer a popular class called Uppity Witches, which is a feminist primer for pre-teens that explores witches, witch hunts, and topics such as gender identity and expression, various masculinities, and how patriarchy functions across times and cultures.
Relentlessly focusing our attention towards gender equality, the environment, and social change, we've empowered our students to not only take command of their own lives, but to become global change-makers. Our students have published or reposted articles and film assignments to The Huffington Post, STIR Journal, All Digitocracy, and Sorry Watch, and many of our students have attended our international programs in Cameroon, Peru, and Guadeloupe to focus on "big picture" problem-solving.
In the spring of 2016, Advice Project Media launched a community dinner series called Food of Liberation, which serve favorite recipes from women who have lived under oppression. Our first dinner featured Consolee Nishimwe, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Next up, in October, is Chi Yvonne Leina, a Cameroonian journalist and activist.
In early 2016, Advice Project Media's founder, Melissa Banigan, was hired by an indigenous peoples organization called Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) as the project coordinator of Global Canoe, a political boat action with indigenous peoples leaders from Indonesia, South, Central, and North America. Held on the East River (New York City) during the Paris Agreement signing at the United Nations, the purpose of the action was to gain attention of the United Nations and demand that nation states include indigenous peoples as full partners in decision making that affects climate change. Melissa formed relationships with indigenous peoples leaders from around the world, and Advice Project Media is now in the preliminary processes of developing exciting youth media programs for indigenous peoples youth.
More to come soon...