Youth Media Correspondents (YCs) are storytellers who get creative to share their perspective about the world in which they live. They use their skills and interest in digital media and creative outlets like rap, photography, spoken-word, meme creation or videography to help their peers make better decisions and stay safe. The content created by YCs is shared over the NOYS social media channels and throughout the NOYS network with a reach of over 9 million!
Every day, teens and young adults make complex decisions that impact their safety. We’re talking everything from dating relationships and driving habits to online activity, mental and physical health, and responding to peer groups.
Addressing these challenges is rarely as easy as saying, “Do this, don’t do that.” Instead, Youth Media Correspondents work to engage their peers and other adults in authentic conversations about why they do what they do, and the support that is needed for behaviors and environments to change. They do this by creating digital media that tells a specific story: their story, whatever that may be. Then they share their work online, with friends, and across the YC network.
To become a Youth Media Correspondent, you need to:
- Be a youth between the ages of 15-22;
- Have at least one technical skill or interest in media and communications (such as but not limited to photography, film production, creative writing, rap, animation, etc.);
- Commit to producing at least one digital creative
- Be open to giving and receiving feedback from peers; and
- Submit the application for the current year
Youth Media Correspondent applications are accepted year-round. To be considered an official YC, you must apply, join a team, and produce at least one digital creative.
- October 2017: Sleep Recharges You
- November 2017: Mental Health & Depression
- January 2018: Electronics Overload
- February 2018: Drunk & Drugged Driving
- March 2018: Body Image
- April 2018: Treat Me with Respect
Each team will work with two peer Advisors on the design, creation, and completion of their project. Each team receives a feedback session (what we call a Brain Trust). Teams then have a few days to make a final round of edits before submitting their completed work.
The following benefits are offered to Youth Media Correspondent applicants:
- Build a network of peers from around the country
- Use and expand on your skills and interest in digital media content creation
- Webinars and trainings with top leaders in violence, substance abuse and injury prevention
- Potential to attend and speak at NOYS and partner events and conferences
- Be the first to know about youth leadership, scholarships and workforce development opportunities
Once YCs have successfully submitted their first digital creative, they become eligible for all of the above benefits PLUS:
- Eligibility to apply to join the Youth Media Correspondents Advisory Board for the following academic year
- Inclusion in the online Youth Media Correspondent Digital Creatives showcase
- Letter of Recommendation from NOYS
- Invitations to work on special commissioned projects
Youth Media Correspondent Advisors (YCAs) serve as leaders within the program. In addition to overseeing the content creation process, YCAs take the lead in team building and driving collaboration among a group of their peers. Youth Media Correspondents who have successfully submitted a minimum of two digital creatives will be eligible to apply for Advisor positions. If you’re interested in one of these roles, we encourage you to enroll in the program this year and make sure you finish at least two digital creatives.