Intro Meeting: Freedom in Action - A Collaborative Civics Workshop and TV Talk Show with Teens

This is an introductory information-sharing meeting to describe an independent, pilot program fusing a new model of civics education with media production for teenagers. The program is slated to begin in January 2018, with dates and locations to be determined with participants who sign on.

The program is meant to engage and empower youth in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and to foster various aspects of professional development, from research and writing, to public speaking, to television production. This project will comprise two components: a workshop in which we consider how language is used (and misused) to communicate developments in U.S. government policy and to influence public opinion; and a TV talk show in which teen panelists approach topics in a fun, common-sense, fair-minded, and fact-based way.

The workshop will involve a general discussion of themes such as freedom, equality, and unity; an analysis of political rhetoric (speeches, talking points, etc.); and a look at how the American press either provides or fails to provide sufficient context on issues pertaining to citizens' rights and responsibilities as Americans as we develop our own model of integrity in “freedom of the press.”

While the program is focused on youth grades 9 to 12, parents, community members and children grades 4 and up are welcome to attend as potential members of the "extended brain trust" and future members of this project.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

MVTV 58 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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