Our Programs Meet Educational Requirements
Grounded in Positive Youth Development principles, About-Face programs focus on skill-building by engaging students in open-inquiry discussions around the cultural messages that are most relevant to them. This allows us to fill the gap that many schools struggle with in their efforts to ensure students get media-literacy skills that will prepare them for their futures.
Further, all About-Face programs incorporate the core principles of media literacy developed by the National Association for Media Literacy Education. So, many aspects of our programs help satisfy requirements in the Common Core’s Health and Wellness requirements, as well as those in History and English.
Beyond those requirements, nearly every published research study on media effects on youth, including those from the American Psychological Association, recommends media-literacy education and advocacy training for young people to address harmful effects of mainstream media. And this is exactly what we do at About-Face.
We use the media students are using now and examples from our culture that resonate with them personally, which engages them in the program more fully. That is, we tailor all program content to participant interests, demographics, and media use. Then, we introduce the idea of action-taking and activism to make change in ways that are authentic to them. Longer programs include more activism training and tools.