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Our Summer Academy


GlobalGirl Media UK run an annual Academy comprising of a 3-week intensive training for girls aged 14-22 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The GGM Academy focuses on empowering the girls by developing their technical skills, their media literacy, their news knowledge and their critical thinking skills. The girls develop story ideas, write and edit blogs, research their chosen topics and learn digital camera, sound and editing. Our curriculum is developed and taught by award-winning media professionals and our training is holistic, integrating health, literacy, self-esteem, and basic human rights that effectively contribute to the overall needs of adolescent girls. At the end of the training they will produce their own short films.

 

Our first training, run in 2016 as a very successful pilot, brings awareness of the misrepresentation of women in the media, empowering our graduates to take the tools of content-making into their own hands. We teach broadcast quality skills in documentary filmmaking and blogging and offer support beyond the training through our GGM Newsroom, with mentors, platforms, equipment and editorial advice, to enable graduates to make powerful content on subjects which matter to them. Activities on the course include visits to broadcasters, such as the BBC, guest lectures, and training in lighting, framing, sound, camera and interviewing techniques, with a view to impactful social filmmaking. 


Who do we support

 

We support especially young women from disadvantaged backgrounds, who would not often be able to access opportunities in the media sector (with over 90% of our graduates coming from BAME backgrounds).


Our Impact

 

Some of our impact statistics include the following:

- 75% have reported using the skills they have gained at GGMUK training after their graduation.

- 63% of our graduates have gone on to pursue opportunities after the training

- 44% of our graduates have continued to film

- 32% went onto further unpaid work experience

- 25% have gone onto full or part time paid work within the media industry

- 38% are actively looking for work within the media space with our support.

- Over 25% of our graduates reported increased confidence

- On whether the GGMUK training has directly supported or influenced their current vocation, training or studies, the participants gave the GGM training a 4.5/5

 

By empowering our graduates with this experience, we cultivate new leaders, civic engagement and global citizenship, inspiring community activism and participation. In turn, directly addressing the gender bias and lack of positive female role models that result in damaging the future prospects of girls and young women, as media can be a very powerful influencer on our social and cultural beliefs, as well as our behaviour and self-esteem. Given the power the media has to shape our understanding of the world it is more important than ever that media is truly representative. We encourage the promotion of healthier, authentic media messages about girls and women by creating in-demand female point-of-view content that is marketable. GGM focuses on projects/videos through a gender lens, i.e.: education and careers, poverty and social justice, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health, health and wellness, financial literacy, the environment etc. Two of the films our graduates made, on Brexit and revenge porn, have received widespread external recognition, in the form of a Gracie’s Award and invitations to represent GGM UK at a number of panel discussions.

 

We are dedicated to providing ongoing extensive support post-training to support our graduates into work, further training and studies:

- We run regular shorter ‘skills-booster’ training events that are open both to our Academy graduates as well as to newcomers, and focus on keeping pace with changes in technology and practice

- We support our Academy graduates on an ongoing basis via our GGM UK Newsroom where they continue to train, produce videos and blogs and cover conferences, events and symposia.

- We run a Mentorship Programme, where each GlobalGirl is paired with professional female journalists, broadcasters, writers, or media experts who are dedicated to bringing more women into the media profession.


Following the success of our pilot and mini academy in 2018 we hope to run the GlobalGirl Academy in 2019 directly supporting 12 more girls aged 14-24 from disadvantaged backgrounds. 



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GlobalGirl Media UK

GGM UK empowers young women, aged 14 to 22, from disadvantaged backgrounds through digital journalism and media training to provide them with opportunities and a platform, bringing their powerful perspectives to the global media stage. The disadvantages the girls face might be financial (living in lower-income households or/and being NEET), based on their ethnicity, race, religion, disability, refugee status, mental health issues, or gender identity. Our main activities include:

  • Our 3-week intensive GGM Academy training where the girls develop their own story ideas, blogs and films.
  • Skills-booster training events that focus on keeping pace with changes in technology.
  • Our newsroom is the place for our graduates to continue training, producing videos/blogs and cover events/conferences.
  • We run a mentoring program where each GlobalGirl is paired with professional female journalists, broadcasters and experts within the media profession.
  • Organising panel discussion/ conferences.

Registered Charity Number: 1176765.

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