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WHYY’s Media Labs program is a media instruction partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Over the course of three years, WHYY has engaged about 9,000 students in 41 schools throughout Philadelphia in hands-on media arts training through the program. Now WHYY is connecting Media Labs students to jobs in the industry through the Pathways to Media Careers program. The first cohort of 21 students worked at media companies across the city in summer 2019
Participating students learn video and audio production, critical thinking, STEM education skills, problem solving, research, develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and are better prepared for a wide variety of workplaces. Students also learn valuable life skills like how to work in teams, how to plan projects, and how to solve difficult problems. An independent assessment conducted by The Division of Teaching and Learning at PHMC showed that the program builds important academic and life skills that will serve students well in future education and career endeavors.
A WHYY media instructor runs an after-school documentary or news workshop at each school, teaching students to tell stories about topics that concern them. The instructor also brings WHYY’s tried and true teacher professional development to school, training educators to use media production as a tool in their classrooms.
Teachers trained to use media arts in the classroom through this program are better able to foster student engagement, provide richer, project-based learning and can incorporate the STEM approach across subject area.
WHYY’s Media Lab program was made possible by a lead grant from the William Penn Foundation. Additional grants have been awarded for this project from the following funders to-date: The Lenfest Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Horner Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Leo Model Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance , Philadelphia Cultural Fund Youth Arts Enrichment Program, Chubb, American Airlines, NBC Universal, Weiss Markets, BNY Mellon, M&T Bank, Bank of America, GSK, Bank of America, Best Buy Foundation, Apbar Black Foundation, Margaret G. Jacobs Charitable Trust, Paikin Foundation, The Tuttleman Family Foundation, Zeldin Family Foundation, Grateful Deeds, Lynne Silvestro, Maxine Stotland, Jerome Schwartz, Robert Loche, Cissy Claypool, and Robert Carlino.