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Now, adult advocates for teens (teachers, parents, and community members) and older youth can lead our Education Into Action workshop curriculum on media literacy and activism. We’ve tested it by reaching nearly 8,000 youth over more than 10 years!

The About-Face Education Into Action Workshop Curriculum lets teachers, youth mentors, and community members — anybody, really! — lead our 60-to-90–minute workshop with teens of all genders. It’s set up so you can tailor the media examples to the needs and demographics of your group.

Here’s how it works:
1. License the curriculum in our Store.

2. … which will give you access to:
• The About-Face Education Into Action Curriculum Guide
• Access to Google Slides presentation to customize for your group
• Access to About-Face Media Catalog with ongoing updates

3. Get your group together and lead an Education Into Action Workshop.

Workshop Goals and Objectives

  • Give youth a set of critical thinking skills that will further their media literacy and fluency.
  • Present an overview of systemic oppression, social constructs, and harmful stereotypes portrayed in media.
  • Introduce youth to social change and youth-led activism.

Impacts and Outcomes

We assess and measure outcomes for the girls in our programs using rigorous statistical analysis. We found statistically significant changes in the pre- and post-workshop surveys of our 2015 and 2016 participants. After just one 60-to-90-minute workshop session, participants experienced:

  • reduced beliefs that media provide realistic ideals that they should strive to achieve
  • feelings that it was less important to look like famous people from media
  • feelings that it was less important to look as athletic as sports stars
  • felt that it was less possible to look like people in media, even if people try hard
  • increased beliefs that they had many good qualities
  • reduced unhappiness with their appearance
  • decreased frequency of going on diets or changing eating habits (Dieting is the number-one cause of eating disorders.)
  • higher likelihood of calling their friends out when they engaged in negative body talk or posted negative messages on social media

“It felt great to find fault in the ads rather than using the ads to find fault in ourselves.”

— Selina

Meets Educational Standards

Grounded in Positive Youth Development principles, About-Face programs focus on skill-building by engaging youth 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 youth get media-literacy skills that will prepare them with 21st Century skills.

All About-Face programs incorporate the Core Principles of Media Literacy Education developed by the National Association for Media Literacy Education. So, many aspects of our programs help satisfy the Common Core‘s Health and Wellness standards, as well as those in History and English.