In 2001, a group of educators and media professionals came together and discussed the impact modern media images had on the development of teen girls. In response, TVbyGIRLS founders developed a way in which girls could become active creators presenting diverse voices to the community using media tools. We began working with our first mentoring class in 2002. To date, TVbyGIRLS has made over 80 short films, garnered 22 awards and screened in 36 venues around the world to over 45, 000 people. And worked with 900 girls, boys, women and men.
We teach visual and media literacy-how to 'read' media, media making-how to 'write' media and community involvement and social justice-how to 'share' media and shape a better world. We work with youth in diverse communities to use media and filmmaking to grow leadership and be engaged in community issues.
Girls begin our program with short term workshops (1-2 days), progress to long term workshops(several weeks) and finally join our long term mentoring program (1-7 years). Girls in our mentoring program work on longer form projects including our one hour broadcast specials which take a look at a theme from a quirky, spunky variety of perspectives and forms (documentary, music, spoken word, dance and visual experiments.
At TVbyGIRLS, we work to powerfully communicate a more complicated, richer, more interesting mix of potential in youth than is currently available in mainstream media. All of our youth in these adolescent years look around for cues of how to be a part of the societyâ€¦ of how to be successful. And they get 1000 media images a day. Unfortunately most of these images offer a dangerously high level of violence, sexualized objectification against women, limited gender role examples and the promotion of the basest of human behavior, selfishness, cruelty and competition. But, we know that is not who we are.
Girls may not want to become what they see in the mainstream media, but they also do not see their realities reflected and their potential encouraged. Hence we lose girls and what they can contribute to our world and the solutions they have to offerâ€¦sometimes until they are older, sometimes forever. At TVbyGIRLS, we know there are different stories to share. And we know how powerful the tools of media-making can be to share them. TVbyGIRLS places the power back in the hands of youth and they use media art to experience their own power as leaders and vital members of our world, to present new ways to think about who we are and what we can do.
What new functionality we are looking for
The new website for TVbyGIRLS would be easy to navigate, organized, welcoming, and help us increase our visibility. Most importantly, since our main medium of media is through film, we need a website that has a platform that will showcase our films and videos in a high-quality and professional manner. Additionally, linking and centralizing all other online tools and resources to our site.
We also need the new website to be able to serve as a portfolio for any possible funding, sponsors, and supporters. We want to develop more dynamic access for girls to share ideas in video form, written form and visual form. In the future we hope our website will become an access point for girls across the world.
Additionally, with a small staff of three we need a website that will be easy to maintain. And easy for girls themselves to add new information and ideas.
How the new functionality will help
Our work with the youth through our mentoring program and workshops mainly consist of creating films and videos. Currently, our only broadcast outlet is through the online community. We have our work on many different platforms like our current website, facebook, youtube, and vimeo. Therefore, we need a website that will centralize, support, and showcase the work we do.
We think that sharing ideas visually is one of the most powerful ways to shape a better world. A dynamic website will extend our reach and help girls see that ideas matter, involvement makes a difference and their leadership can reach out to solve the problems they identify.
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