What Does Sawa Do? Part 2- Youth Media Training Program

What Does Sawa Do? Part 2- Youth Media Training Program

Sawa World’s exciting new Youth Media Program has been entirely redesigned! Now all programs will be co-created with local media partners (often small community-run NGOs) in Sawa’s focus countries. Although the Sawa team will assist in conducting the programs the first two times, it will provide participating organizations with the necessary skills to continue independently.

Through the program, vulnerable, disadvantaged youth who often come from slum communities, take part in a 6-week intensive training program in basic film-making, social media, and community knowledge sharing. First, participants are trained to produce 30-second video clips that document the successes of local Sawa Leaders and their strategies for fighting extreme poverty. Next, each group of 5 students shares the Sawa Leaders’ proven methods with up to 100,000 people in surrounding communities per month and on an ongoing basis. While the youth become permanent knowledge sharing advocates, they also encourage the replication of locally designed solutions among other emergent leaders that are also living in extreme poverty.

Sawa is currently testing the most effective methods for sharing the Leaders’ knowledge. These include community video screening, discussions, and text messaging. Furthermore, Sawa is working on creating a new model in which a monthly stipend will be provided for the youth and the local media partners. In the near future, the youth will be trained to provide short video diaries on project impacts that are created through the new Sawa Leader Microgrant Program. Learn more about this next week in What Does Sawa Do? Part 3.

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