A group of teen students stand on a stage, looking at a large projector screen.
Workshop in March 2019

Do you want your teenagers to know how media (and social media) affects them and what they can do about it? Do they need to break out of their social media overuse habits to be more mindful?

Our thought-provoking, non-judgmental programs are geared toward girls throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere. All genders benefit from our Workshop program!

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“It was nice hearing about the benefits and harms of media in general from someone other than my parents. The whole workshop was super eye-opening.”

Female, age 15

Education Into Action Programs for Youth


Intro to media decoding & resistance
All genders
1-2 hours


Questioning media

Constructs of gender & other identities

Social Media Workshop

Focuses on issues related to social media
All genders
1-2 hours

Social Media Workshop

Targeted ads, effects on teens, & thoughtfully using social media


Builds on Workshop with further action education
For girls*
8 hours


Exploration of gender, racial, class, & ability constructs

Create an action event

Boot Camp

Builds on Lab

Youth lead their own action
For girls*
12-15 hours

Boot Camp

Coaching for girls to create and execute their own action event

Need a program for adults? About-Face also does talks and trainings for adults who are advocates for youth (parents, teachers, and group leaders). Check it out here.

Go inside an About-Face Education Into Action Boot Camp. And see all the projects here!

Topics We Discuss in Our Programs

Gender/gender expression/sexism perpetuated by media

Beauty ideals/body image

Race as a construct/racial stereotypes perpetuated by media

Youth-led activism and its importance for social change

Wellness and self-care practices around using media

“I will view social media differently because of this workshop.”

Female, age 14

Real Outcomes

We’ve worked with more than 8,000 youth in the last 10-plus years, and we assess and measure outcomes for the girls in our programs using rigorous statistical analysis and pre/post-program surveys.

In our analysis, About-Face has found statistically significant improvements for girls related to satisfaction with one’s appearance, reduced importance of looking like people in media, increased self-esteem and self-respect, and a decrease in behaviors such as dangerous dieting.

In this video, eighth grade girls tell us how their About-Face Education Into Action Lab affected them.

Where to Start

Many schools and organizations start with a single-session Education Into Action Workshop for students of all genders in the classroom and pair it with an Education Into Action Parent/Teacher Talk.

Other organizations, particularly those hosting girls* in an after-school setting, tend to opt for one of our longer programs (Lab or Boot Camp), where a Workshop Leader may come on specific days over the course of several weeks.

Most of our programs are tailored for girls. Note that we always include self-identified girls and non-binary youth in our programs.

A group of teen girls are seated on chairs in a circle. A woman is standing in front of the group and speaking.

“I liked that it connected to media we’re familiar with, and that it discussed ways we could make a difference.”

Female, age 18

Educational Requirements

About-Face programs focus on skill-building by engaging students in open-inquiry discussions around the cultural messages that are most relevant to them. Media literacy is a 21st Century skill that youth need to have healthy futures.

Our programs are built around and satisfy the following 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. That’s what About-Face does!

Most schools struggle to give their students sufficient media literacy education. About-Face fills the gap by providing experts in both media literacy and youth development and facilitation.

“I liked how we covered the secret effects of media, both the positive and negative.”

Female, age 17

How We Do It

What makes About-Face different? In all our Education Into Action programs, we:

  • use the media students are using now that resonate with them personally
  • tailor all program content to participant interests, demographics, and information provided by teachers or parents
  • we don’t tell youth what to think — we work to help them think for themselves (critical-thinking skills)
  • introduce the idea of action-taking and activism to make change in ways that are authentic to them (self-efficacy)

Where We’ve Taught

About-Face has been leading interactive media-literacy workshops in Bay Area schools and communities since 2007, with an emphasis on the specific needs of young women. Check it out!

We’re excited to speak with you more so you can give your youth the media and action programs they need!

For more information, download our Program Guide, then contact us here, or call Hénia Belalia, Director of Programs, at (510) 764-3618‬.

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